TMJ and Sleep Apnea Intensify One Another
Not only can TMJ disorder cause sleep apnea and sleep apnea cause TMJ disorder, but once you have both, they worsen each other as long as you don’t have treatment.
Does it sound odd that lack of sleep worsens sleep apnea? Well, when you experience sleep deprivation, you’ll have a lower minimum oxygen saturation level making your apnea episodes worse. TMJ often causes Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, increasing sleep deprivation.
Likewise, the extra stress on your body from sleep apnea causes you to clench and grind your teeth. This only makes your jaw muscles sorer and pushes your joint further out of alignment.
You may have TMJ and sleep apnea if you have symptoms you can’t explain, like a sore jaw, headaches, ear noises, extreme fatigue, and memory and mood problems. Treating both of these conditions is your path back to a happy, healthy life.