How To Get A Good Night's Sleep During Challenging Times

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Mental Stress Can Take a Physical Toll

In trying times like these, seniors face a high level of stress. You may have children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and friends to worry about as they navigate a world that isn’t as safe as it’s been in the past. The Covid-19 pandemic is also adding stressors, such as making sure you’re following the proper social distancing requirements or reading the latest news on the number of seniors who have contracted the virus. Many people are also struggling with loneliness. Let’s face it — we’re having the kind of year that might be causing you a great deal of stress.

How Does Mental Stress Affect Overall Health?

There are many ways mental stress can manifest physically in your body. You may begin experiencing new headaches, or you may feel queasy at times. Some people develop habits like chewing their nails, biting their lips, or clenching and grinding their teeth, especially at night. You might even develop aches and pains that seem to have no physical cause in your stomach, your back, or another area of your body. 

If you find that you clench or grind your teeth during the day or are waking up with headaches, jaw pain, or discomfort in your neck or shoulders, you may be experiencing bruxism. Bruxism is a condition that causes you to grind and clench your teeth, particularly during sleep. There are many things you can do to reduce the stress that can contribute to bruxism, including our CustMbite Nightguard. Continue reading to learn more about nightguards and other tips on getting better sleep during stressful periods.

Bedtime Tips to Help You Sleep Better Through the Night

  • Get plenty of daylight during the day. This helps your brain make the connection that daytime hours are when you’re supposed to be awake and nighttime hours are for sleeping.
  • Make your bedroom as dark as possible at night to signal to your body that it’s time to sleep.
  • Get plenty of exercise, even if you have to do so in your home due to pandemic restrictions. However, make sure to leave time after your workout so your body can wind down. Exercising too close to bedtime can keep you awake.
  • Limit your caffeine intake to early in the day. Try to have your last caffeinated beverage at or earlier than lunchtime. This allows caffeine’s stimulating effects to wear off before bedtime.
  • Turn screens off at least an hour before bedtime. The light emitted by screens can make it harder to get to sleep.
  • Read a chapter or two of a comforting book before bedtime. Pick up a book of soothing meditations or a favorite, familiar novel.
  • Pamper yourself with a warm bath (or shower, if you prefer) before bed. Finish by using lotions or oils in calming scents like lavender or chamomile. 
  • Meditate for a few minutes or longer before going to sleep. If the purpose of the meditation is to get yourself to fall asleep, meditate in bed. For mindfulness meditations, try to stay upright in a seated position. 
  • Keep a notepad by your bed and write down any issues that are troubling you. This can help you let things go for the night.

Whatever way you choose to relax before bed, make it part of your regular routine. This is another way of signaling to your body that it’s time to sleep.

How the CustMbite Nightguard Can Help You Sleep Better

We developed the CustMbite Nightguard with the help of dental professionals. Our goal is to provide you with a nightguard that is comfortable to wear and easy to use and care for. Unlike other sleep mouthguards, ours is made with our patented VistaMaxx material. This material allows a CustMbite Nightguard to be thin enough to wear comfortably night after night and strong enough to relieve the pressure on your teeth caused by clenching or grinding during sleep so you can wake up feeling more rested. 

When you first receive your nightguard, you can easily customize it to fit your teeth with a microwave, a bowl of cold water, and a couple of minutes of your time. Our high-quality nightguard is BPA-free and cleared by the FDA, so you can rest assured that it’s safe and sanitary. Plus, cleaning the mouthguard is as easy as can be — give it a gentle rinse with soap and water, or just toss it in with the dishes when you run your dishwasher. 

Where Can I Get a CustMbite Nightguard?

If you’re looking for a dentist-quality nightguard at an affordable price, the CustMbite Nightguard is perfect for you. It can help to ease the painful headaches, jaw discomfort, and other aches that may be caused by clenching and grinding your teeth in the night as you sleep. A nightguard is a simple and effective way to help reduce the effects of this stressful year, so order your nightguard today!

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