Ease Jet Lag With Good Sleep

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Reviewed by  Monroe Elkin, BS PHARM., DMD

How TMJ, Bruxism, and Jet Lag Can Prevent Good Sleep

Whether travel is a regular part of your life or a once-in-awhile occurrence, you can’t afford to lose sleep to jet lag. If you suffer from TMJ or bruxism, catching up on restful sleep can be especially difficult. TMJ can cause your jaw to clench painfully during sleep, and sleep bruxism causes you to grind your teeth as you sleep. The symptoms of either condition can disturb your sleep (even if you don’t remember waking up), making it hard for your brain to achieve deep sleep. If you take sleeping pills, you may be groggy the following day, leading to the same cycle that evening.

You can break this cycle when you use a CustMbite Nightguard. This sleep mouth guard can help to prevent the damage and pain caused by clenching or grinding at night. Along with the helpful tips below, wearing a mouthguard can give you the chance to get more restful sleep that can help you stay ahead of jet lag’s effects.

Tips For Avoiding Jet Lag

  • Avoiding jet lag takes a good deal of planning. If you can, relax your schedule if it is unnecessarily rigid. Being flexible about when you eat your meals, for instance, can help when the time comes to eat breakfast served hours ahead of your normal mealtime.
  • Get a good eight to nine hours of sleep before your flight, using a CustMbite Nightguard if you’re susceptible to TMJ or bruxism pain. While it can be hard to sleep when you’re excited about a trip, do your best. If you’re leaving early in the morning, try to get to sleep as early as possible. 
  • Schedule a flight that will arrive at your destination during the day. It’s easier to keep your body in motion for a few extra hours during daylight hours than it is to try to fall asleep in the dark when you’re not tired.
  • Make a stopover for a day or so between your origin point and your destination. This can help you get used to the time difference. 
  • Don’t drink alcohol before or during the flight. It may be tempting to take the edge off or help you fall asleep, but alcohol increases your tiredness and dehydrates you, making it much harder to beat jet lag. The same goes for sleeping pills and caffeinated beverages.
  • As soon as you get on the plane, set your watch to the time zone of your destination. This will get you thinking about what time it is there, helping you to feel less disorientated when you arrive.
  • Wear a pair of compression socks to discourage blood clots from developing. As much as possible during the flight, walk around or do leg exercises to keep your blood flowing. This can be as easy as flexing and releasing your legs numerous times throughout the flight.
  • For a few days before you travel, try to align your meals with the approximate times you will be eating at your destination. Breakfast at 11 pm? Sounds great!
  • Get as much daylight as possible before the flight. Daylight can help your mind and body feel more awake, and it can better prepare you to be alert when you arrive at your destination.
  • If you need a short snooze on the day you arrive, use regular napping guidelines. Make it short (an hour or less) and early in the afternoon. 
  • Get exercise, either from sightseeing or from doing calisthenics in your hotel room, shortly after your arrival. They get your blood flowing and prepare you for a busy day.

How the CustMbite Nightguard Can Help You Beat Jet Lag

Many of these suggestions take planning, but A CustMbite Nightguard is an easy solution to relieve the pain of TMJ or bruxism symptoms so you can get ahead of jet lag. While using a sleep mouth guard the night before your flight will help during the flight and during your trip, why not start using the CustMbite Nightguard now? This will give your body a chance to get used to the mouthguard and fall into the groove of getting good sleep, which has plenty of its own benefits in addition to easing the effects of jet lag. 

We developed the CustMbite Nightguard alongside dental professionals with your comfort in mind. It is tough enough to prevent damage to your teeth caused by clenching or grinding during the night, but thin enough to be comfortable to wear every night. 

Order Your CustMbite Nightguard Now

If you’re looking for an affordable nightguard, ours fits the bill. It costs a fraction of a similar product purchased from a dentist and is far more comfortable. Start preparing for a trip that isn’t plagued by jet lag by purchasing your own sleep mouth guard today.

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Reviewed by:

Monroe Elkin, BS PHARM., DMD

Monroe Elkin got a Bachelors of Science in Pharmacy at Brooklyn College of Pharmacy in Brooklyn, New York. He then earned a Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry at the University of Rutgers School of Dentistry in Newark New Jersey. Dr. Elkin owned and operated his own dental practices for 29 years where he specialized in treating oral injuries for athletes, fabricated custom fitted mouth guards and performed both general and trauma dentistry for athletes at Wagner College as dentist for the athletic department. He also performed cosmetic dentistry including implants, crown and bridges, bonding and endodontics. Dr. Elkin has been a part of 3 publications and has held various positions volunteering for organizations that are about sports dentistry and oral care.

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