Do you suffer from TMJ (Temporalmandibular Joint Disorder)? The way you are sleeping may affect your pain. Here are a few tips to help you when you are sleeping on your Sleepys bed:
1. Sleep Position
Considering the average human spends 1/3 of their life sleeping, the position you sleep in is important for overall health but most certainly if you suffer from TMJ.
Back to sleep for TMJ
Sleeping on your back helps relieve jaw pain and discomfort.
Sleeping on your stomach or side puts pressure on your jaw joint pushing it forward or laterally if you stomach or side sleep. Be sure when you sleep on your back you do not elevate your head too much. Your pillow should cradle your head to support the back of your neck while you are sleeping.
2. Bite Guard
You can have a custom made bite guard designed by your dentist or buy one online that you boil and shape yourself. This will significantly reduce jaw grinding and clenching which exacerbates TMJ.
3. Meditation and De-stressing Before Bed
Relaxing your mind at the end of your day will reduce your tendency to clench your jaw. Take a few minutes before sleeping to relax with soft music, meditate or do some simple yoga positions.
With these few tips you can significantly reduce your TMJ pain and get a much better nights rest.