The Best Way to Sleep When You Have TMJ

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Why Your Sleeping Position Matters

Your sleeping position matters whether you have TMJ, bruxism, other teeth and jaw disorders, or no teeth and jaw disorders. That’s because a good night’s sleep is essential to allow your body to repair itself, refresh your brain for the coming day, and the many other functions that are carried out during sleep. For those who do have TMJ or other teeth and jaw disorders, sleep can be elusive. Our CustMbite Nightguard can help prevent some of the symptoms of TMJ or bruxism, and you can help a mouthguard for TMJ work even better by sleeping in the proper position.

There are a number of things affected by your sleeping position, including:

  • The way the muscles in your head, neck, and shoulders are strained and stretched throughout the night
  • The way your head and neck are supported during sleep
  • The physical forces that are put on your head, jaw, and neck all night
  • The likelihood of your grinding or clenching your teeth

If you’ve been waking up with jaw or tooth pain or a headache, it’s likely that your sleeping position may have something to do with the problem. So what is the sleep position that is best for people who suffer from TMJ or other tooth and jaw disorders? Continue reading to find out.

The Best Sleeping Position for TMJ/TMD and Bruxism Sufferers

The best position to sleep in if you have any type of TMJ or bruxism is on your back. There’s a few reasons for this:

  • There’s no pressure put on the jaw.
  • Sleeping on your back offers the necessary support to your neck, shoulders, and head.
  • Sleeping on your back puts your spine, neck, and head in the best, most neutral alignment while sleeping.
  • You’ll be less likely to clench or grind your teeth during sleep when lying on your back.

The worst position to sleep in if you have TMJ or related disorders is on your stomach. Sleeping on your side with your arm under your head is a close second-worst sleeping position. That's because neither of these positions support your neck, head, and spine remaining in their proper alignment as sleeping on your back does.

If you’re not used to sleeping on your back, there are a few things you can do in order to get used to it. In addition to making certain you have a comfortable pillow made specifically for sleeping on your back to put under your head, you may want to use a small pillow to put under the arch of your spine. This can make you feel more secure in  your placement. It might also be beneficial to have a mattress that conforms with the shape of your body, as this can be more comfortable for back sleepers. If you have an adjustable mattress, you can make it more uncomfortable to sleep on your stomach or side by putting the top at a slight angle to the bottom. If you’re uncomfortable sleeping on your back with your arms down at your sides, you can move them around to find a comfortable position. While it is best for your neck to have your arms lie at your side, it might feel most comfortable to have small pillows to place between your arms and your sides, or to lay your arms on your chest or stomach. Raising your arms up by your head can put strain on your shoulders, so try to avoid that position.

How a CustMbite Nightguard Can Help You Sleep Better

Sleeping in the most conducive position to alleviating TMJ or bruxism pain is one way you can lessen the effects of these particular disorders. If you want to have an even better chance of sleeping free of pain all night long, you can use the CustMbite Nightguard. This consists of two flexible, moldable trays: one for your upper teeth and one for your lower teeth.

Our patented VistaMaxx material was developed with the help of dental professionals to provide strong protection along with a comfortably soft cushion if you clench or grind your teeth during sleep. The material does not allow bacteria to absorb into it, so it will stay clear and comfortable for as long as you need it. Molding it to your teeth only takes a couple of minutes, and the only special equipment you need is a microwave. You can remold your sleep mouth guard just as easily as many times as you need.

How do I get a nightguard for teeth grinding and clenching?

If you’re suffering from TMJ or bruxism, sleeping on your back with your spine, shoulders, and head aligned well can help. To experience more comprehensive relief, order your CustMbite Nightguard today and experience the difference!

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