While introducing a night guard into your nightly bedtime ritual may not seem like the most comfortable and sleep improving habit, we have found that many of our patients see their overall health and sleep wellness improve after they begin regularly wearing the mouthguard while sleeping. There are several reasons that patients may begin this habit, the most common being to prevent teeth grinding. If you have been hesitant to try wearing a night guard, here are a few reasons to give it a try:
- Prevent or reduce headaches and migraines.
Did you know that grinding your teeth at night could lead to headaches and migraines experienced throughout the day? If you grind your teeth unconsciously while you are sleeping, chances are that the headache you feel when you wake up is related. If you are experiencing migraines and headaches that your doctor has not been able to treat, try seeking out advice from your dentist. We can help assess whether your pain is caused by teeth grinding. If so, a night guard may be able to reduce the frequency of your headaches.
- Feel more rested
We all know that getting a good night’s sleep is important when it comes to our overall health and wellness. In fact, it is said that getting not enough sleep or poor sleep can reduce a person’s lifespan. One cause of poor sleep is bruxism, caused by the regular grinding of your teeth and clenching on your jaw at night. Snoring and sleep apnea are other common causes. Night guards may assist with all of these conditions, allowing patients to get a better nights rest than previously. This will improve both your quality of life, as you will feel more well-rested, in addition to improving your overall wellness.