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HOW GOOD SLEEP AFFECTS SENIORS
Getting a good night’s sleep can affect seniors in a number of ways. For one, it helps to improve your concentration and allows you to form memories. That is a concern most aging people have, and you may even begin to wonder about memory loss when all you need is more regular, good sleep. During the day, your body experiences cell damage, and it repairs that damage when you are sleeping. This helps to prevent diseases. Older adults who don’t get enough good sleep can develop depression, memory and attention problems, and even experience more nighttime falls. There are even serious ailments that poor sleep can contribute to, including heart disease, weight problems, diabetes, and breast cancer.
It’s hard to get a good night’s sleep when you suffer from bruxism or TMJ, which is why we’ve developed the CustMbite Nightguard with the help of dental professionals. Furthermore, if you snore, we have a sleep aid that helps with snoring, too. Read more about good sleep below.
WHAT IS GOOD SLEEP?
We all know that we should get “a good night’s sleep” to feel more awake and alert and go about our days more pleasantly. But what exactly constitutes a good night’s sleep? The National Sleep Foundation lists these four indicators of good sleep:
- Sleeping for at least 85% of the time spent in bed
- Falling asleep in less than 30 minutes once you lay down
- Waking up no more than one time per night
- Being awake for 20 minutes or less after initially falling asleep
As far as how long people need to sleep, the general consensus is that the older people get, the less sleep they need. This is actually true, and can lead some older adults to think they have insomnia. If your body only needs 7.5 hours of sleep and you are attempting to sleep for 9 hours each night, you’ll feel like you’re not getting enough sleep. This is because the body will not sleep when it doesn’t need to (without the help of sleep aids). If you’ve always gone to bed at 9:00 and woke up at 6:00, you will end up not falling asleep for an hour or more, or waking up an hour or more “early.”
There are some sleep symptoms that are not at all related to aging, and if you experience the following, you should talk to your doctor:
- Feeling tired but not being able to fall asleep on a regular basis
- Not feeling refreshed after getting a full night’s sleep
- Having difficulty falling back to sleep after waking in the night
- Having a hard time concentrating during the day
- Depending on alcohol or sleeping pills to fall asleep
- Having a hard time staying awake when watching TV, reading, or driving
HOW A MOUTH GUARD FOR SLEEP CAN HELP
Those who suffer from bruxism or TMJ sleep know that this can be a painful cause of waking during the night. Especially as we age, the enamel on our teeth wears down, eventually allowing sensitive nerve tissue to push out from beneath the enamel. When you’re sleeping and you clench your teeth, your jaw can cause enough pain to wake you. If you grind your teeth together and hit on exposed nerve tissue, you can wake up in searing pain.
This is where the CustMbite Nightguard comes in. The sleep guard is made of our patented material, called VistaMaxx. This material is strong enough for us to make the sleep mouth guard thinner than other options on the market. That doesn’t diminish your comfort, though. In fact, it enhances your comfort because you can breathe easier and even talk with the sleep guard in.
The trays are customizable to your teeth, and you can easily do the molding yourself in just a couple of minutes. There’s no need for a visit to the dentist to get them fit for your mouth. All you need is a microwave, a paper towel, a bowl of cold water, and two minutes to have custom-fit mouth guard trays. And if you have any kind of dental work that changes your teeth, you can remold your trays using the same quick, simple method. Cleaning your nightguard couldn’t be easier. You can use gentle soap and water if you choose. However, CustMbite's All Natural Oral Appliance Cleaner is an easy, effective option. Just spray and go! Plus, it's good for your mouthguard, dentures, bridges, retainers, or any other oral appliance too.
The gentle barrier our sleep guard provides between your teeth is enough to keep you from clenching your teeth or grinding them painfully at night, allowing for a better night’s sleep. You can be more alert and avoid some of the suffering faced by people who are sleep deprived on a regular basis. Combined with other steps for better sleep for seniors, a nightguard can be a major help.