Sleep Problems & Disorders

5 Signs That Your Sleep Quality Is Poor (and How to Fix It)

Restlessness, middle-of-the-night awakenings, and difficulty drifting off are all signs that the quality of your shut-eye has room for improvement. Get started here.

Improving Sleep Quality: What Is Interrupted Sleep?

Learn how this disruptive condition can impact your mood and energy—and what you can do about it.

Can’t Sleep? These Allergens Might Be the Reason Why

Allergies don’t just affect you during the day—they can also make it tough for you to sleep at night. Learn about the top four household allergens and how to get rid of them.

What are the Facts About Insomnia?

Insomnia is a common sleep problem for adults. The National Institutes of Health estimates that roughly 30 percent of the general population complains of sleep disruption, and approximately 10 percent have associated symptoms of daytime functional impairment consistent with the diagnosis of insomnia.

Non-24-Hour Sleep Wake Disorders

What causes RLS, is there a cure for RLS?

What causes RLS? In July of 2007, researchers discovered a gene variant for RLS, which helps explain why it may be traced through generations in families. Researchers believe this gene increases one’s risk for a type of hereditary RLS, known as primary or familial RLS. Is there a cure for RLS? There is currently no cure for RLS. However, in most cases RLS symptoms can be controlled through lifestyle changes, such as diet and exercise, and medical treatments as appropriate.

What is restless legs syndrome (RLS)?

RLS is a serious condition that has affected people for many years, but it has not always been taken seriously, and is often undiagnosed or misdiagnosed. Approximately 10 percent of American adults1 suffer from this neurological sensorimotor disorder, which causes uncomfortable and sometimes painful tingling, and tugging sensations in the legs. People with RLS often feel as though they have to move their legs, by walking or stretching, in order to make the uncomfortable feelings go away.

Teeth Grinding - Coping

Tooth grinding at night is occasionally linked with daytime stress. To ease symptoms, try to relax in the hours before bedtime to reduce stress levels and to maintain a regular soothing bedtime routine. It is also important to create a sleep environment that is cool comfortable, dark, and quiet and to keep work-related items such as computers out of the bedroom. Tooth grinding during sleep may also be linked with back sleeping. Try side or stomach sleeping to ease symptoms.

Teeth Grinding - Treatment

Often, minimizing stress can alleviate symptoms of sleep bruxism among adults and symptoms often disappear on their own in children. For severe and persistent bruxism, a dentist may prescribe an oral appliance made of soft plastic to protect the teeth. Self-directed therapies, such as jaw-aligning exercises, may also help.

Reviewed by David G. Davila, MD (December 2009).

Teeth Grinding - Symptoms

Symptoms of sleep bruxism include:

  • Worn down teeth
  • Headaches
  • Earaches
  • Sore gums, teeth, jaw, and face

The severity of these symptoms can vary. Some may experience interrupted sleep during the night. High stress levels and anxiety are linked to bruxism.

Reviewed by David G. Davila, MD (December 2009).


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