The Importance of Good Sleep for College Students

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What Good Sleep Means for College Students

If ever there were a section of the population that is known for not getting enough good sleep, it’s college students. You have your classes and tests to study for, work, extracurricular activities, and social activities, and you’re not likely to be willing to give up any of these. What you are willing to give up when you don’t have enough hours in the day is sleep. If you suffer from bruxism or TMJ, it could be even worse. The sleep that you do actually get may not be good, solid sleep if you’re waking up with jaw discomfort from painful teeth clenching and grinding. That’s why we’ve developed our CustMbite Nightguard with the help of dental professionals. Continue reading to see how you can get a good night’s sleep when you wear our mouth guard for sleep. 

Why College Students Need Good Sleep

First, how would you define good sleep? More importantly, how would sleep professionals define good sleep? The amount of sleep necessary varies to some degree by person, but the recommended nightly sleep for college students is from 7-9 hours. There are certain things that can affect your sleep, though. For example, sleep latency, or the time it takes you to fall asleep once you are in bed and ready, could be significant if it’s taking too long to fall asleep. Your sleep efficiency number is the total amount of time you spend in bed at night ready to sleep and the time you actually spend sleeping. The things that affect this number are how much time you spend awake once you have already fallen asleep, and any time you spend awake after an early morning awakening. 

Not only does good sleep make you feel like you could conquer the world, but good sleep provides college students with the following additional benefits:

  • Better grades. Studies show that students who get a full night’s sleep regularly perform markedly better in class and have a much less likely chance to drop classes because they are not doing well.

  • Improved memory. During your sleep cycle is when your brain sorts and organizes the tons of information you’ve taken in during the day. This time of your life is when you have the most amount of information coming at you, and you need your time sleeping in order to remember important things and let unimportant things go.

  • Decreased chance of obesity. When your body is sleep deprived, it produces more of the hormone, ghrelin, that causes hunger. All-night cram sessions and pizza are often related for a good reason. An over production of ghrelin leads you to desire more high calorie foods. Sleep, on the other hand, promotes the hormone, leptin, which curbs your appetite.

  • Better immunity. You have less of a chance of getting ill if you sleep well. When you’re asleep, your body produces cytokines, which help when you have stress or an infection. Sleep deprivation lowers your immunity and also increases the time it takes to recover from an illness.

  • Better mood. Mental wellbeing is affected strongly by sleep. Missing one good night of sleep can lead to irritability and feeling sluggish the next day. Continual sleep deprivation can lead to serious mood disorders like anxiety and depression.

  • Greater alertness. This is important in many areas of your college life. For example, if you drive to class in the morning, it’s important that you are alert or you’re more likely to get in an accident. If you’re involved in a sport, your best performance will happen when you’re getting regular, good sleep. 

How a CustMbite Nightguard Can Help You Get Better Sleep

You can see that good sleep is essential to be the best college student you can be. If bruxism or TMJ are holding you back from getting a proper amount of sleep, our sleep mouth guard can help. They’re made of our patented VistaMaxx material, which is thinner and more comfortable than many sleep guards on the market. It’s easy to customize the nightguard to your teeth and it takes only a couple of minutes to do so. Even better, you can remold them anytime you need, which can be helpful if you’re having some sort of dental work being done or you wear braces. The guard is tough enough to protect your teeth from clenching or grinding together at night, which can lead to a much better night’s sleep.

How can I get my own CustMbite Nightguard?

Eliminate the headaches and jaw pain that come with bruxism or TMJ disorders. Our mouth guards are easy to use, and easy to care for. Just toss them in the dishwasher, or you can clean them by hand with gentle soap and water. Order your own CustMbite Nightguard today to help get a good night’s sleep!

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