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SLEEP AND MOOD DISORDERS
Sleep and mood disorders are correlated in two directions. People who suffer from mood disorders such as anxiety and depression can often experience interruptions in their normal sleep cycle, and poor sleep can be one of the factors that lead to depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders. If you’re losing sleep due to bruxism, TMJ, or other teeth and jaw ailments, it can help to use our CustMbite Nightguard. Our sleep guard has been developed with the help of dental professionals for a safe, pain-free way to prevent you from grinding or clenching your teeth during the hours you spend sleeping.
Simply put, good sleep positively affects mood, and poor sleep or lack of sleep negatively affects mood. When you lack sleep, you can be more irritable and your temper may be more easily sparked. But it goes deeper than that. There are particular mood disorders that can be made worse when you miss out on sleep for any number of reasons, including TMJ or bruxism.
One benefit of good sleep is that it can help to lower stress. Whether you face a great deal of stress on a regular basis or you’re going through a period of extra stress, getting a good night’s sleep can help give you the executive function necessary to cope positively with stress. There’s even a study that indicates proper amounts of sleep can help people recover from traumatic events and deal with PTSD more successfully.
Whether you have an attention deficit disorder or not, your brain counts on a proper amount of sleep to stay alert and pay attention to sensory details coming from multiple sources at once. The ability to process the multitudes of input coming into your brain is dependent on good sleep. You may not realize it, but this affects things like communicating with people or driving a car. Effective communication relies on a lot more than just the words that are being said. It involves body language, tone, the amount of and type of eye contact, and other small signals. Driving a car requires you to pay attention to the road ahead, but also all the things going on in your peripheral vision, the other cars that are on the road, and signs that try to pull your attention away from the important input that’s necessary for safe driving.
Poor sleep is related to depression. Studies found that both too little (less than six hours) and too much (more than nine hours) sleep are both associated with depression. Most people know that lack of sleep causes mood swings, but it can be much more serious than that. Studies show that poor sleep is actually one of the most critical symptoms of depression. To prevent interruptions that can lead to this disabling condition, you can use a mouth guard to help you sleep through the night painlessly.
Studies have also shown that lack of sleep can cause reduced functioning in people with bipolar disorder and ADHD. While poor sleep is not a direct cause of either condition, it is correlated with the individual’s ability to function on a daily basis.
Good sleep can help indirectly to prevent chronic disease. A study found that people who get six hours or less sleep each night are more likely to have inflammation, which is a risk factor for conditions like chronic heart disease, asthma, and arthritis. Therefore, getting a full night’s sleep can help reduce the inflammation that makes these chronic (non-curable) disease flare up. If you’re having bruxism or TMJ sleep issues, this can affect you in major ways.
Since sleep and mood improvement are inextricably linked, you want to do all you can to get enough quality sleep each night. That’s what our CustMbite Nightguard is made for. Made with our patented VistaMaxx material, it delivers comfort and effectiveness in equal measure.
You only need a couple of minutes to customize your sleep guard for better sleep to your specifications, and it can be remolded as easily as the initial molding. This can be especially helpful if you’re having dental work done or you wear braces. The material is light, but strong enough to prevent the nighttime teeth grinding that comes from TMJ or bruxism.
Sleep has a huge impact on your emotional and psychological wellbeing. There are many causes of disruption in your night’s sleep, and if teeth grinding or clenching is bothering you, get a CustMbite Nightguard. It's the best sleep bite guard available. Made for maximum comfort during the night, you’ll enjoy the advanced protection offered by the personalized fit. Order your CustMbite Nightguard right now to see the difference for yourself!
UPDATE: if snoring is also part of your sleep troubles, you'll be happy to know that CustMbite now makes a snore guard to help prevent both snoring and bruxism at the same time. An anti-snoring device could help protect your mental health as well!