TMJ disorder occurs when there is a problem with the temporomandibular joint. The temporomandibular joint holds the lower jaw to the skull, and it is used in activities such as speaking and chewing. TMJ disorder can affect different parts of the body. One of the things it can affect is a person’s sleep habits. Let’s take a look at some of the ways that TMJ in Miami Beach can affect sleep.
While you might not think that chronic snoring and jaw problems are connected, they can be. In fact, sleep apnea is commonly associated with a misaligned jaw. While researchers aren’t sure if TMJ issues affect sleep apnea, or it’s the other way around, there is no question that the two go hand-in-hand.
One of the issues that can lead to TMJ problems is teeth grinding, or bruxism. When the jaw is misaligned, one may begin to grind the teeth subconsciously, often while sleeping. Like sleep apnea, nobody seems to know which issue causes the other. There is no question though that the two are directly correlated.
When TMJ pain makes its way down to the neck and/or up toward the ear, it can actually mimic migraine pain. When this is combined with oxygen deprivation due to sleep apnea, the result can be frequent headaches.
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