Many people think they can resolve their sleep problems by simply going to bed at a regular time every night, having the right pillows and buying a high-quality mattress. Though those things do help to set the stage for a sound night of much needed sleep, they might not be enough.

If your bedtime routine and gear haven’t resolved your sleep problems, there may be something else that could be causing you to wake each and every morning feeling as if your head just hit the pillow even though you spent a good eight hours in the sack. In fact, one of the biggest culprits of sleep deprivation is TMJ.

TMJ can be complicated

TMJ is a condition where your temporomandibular (TMJ) joint does not function properly. Caused by a misaligned bite, loose, missing, or damaged teeth or a jaw injury it can leads to nighttime teeth grinding or jaw clenching as your jaw joints and muscles struggle to find a comfortable, balanced position. TMJ can also cause snoring or sleep apnea. These are sleep disorders that can cause you to wake continually throughout the night, robbing you of the sleep you need to function during the day.

Waking up tired is just one clue that a TMJ disorder may be an issue. Other symptoms include:

  • jaw, neck face or shoulder pain
  • a clicking or popping sound in your jaw joint
  • dizziness
  • ringing in your ears
  • headaches or migraines.

Treat your TMJ and get back to sleep

Sleep deprivation can cause serious problems. Tired people are more likely to make mistakes, have accidents, perform poorly at school or work, have relations problems or become depressed. By simply treating your TMJ, you’ll be able to get a restful night’s sleep once again.

Test yourself

If you suspect that TMJ may be robbing you of a good night’s sleep, take our on-line TMJ test. Trained in neuromuscular dentistry, I will review your test results for free and contact you within 48 hours with an evaluation of what might be causing your TMJ related sleep problems.