Great Smiles New Jersey - December 2019

DECEMBER 2019

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THE GIFT OF A SLEEP DIVORCE IS YOUR SLEEP HYGIENE CAUSING ISSUES IN YOUR RELATIONSHIP?

Your significant other may be a heavy sleeper, while the slightest thing may wake you. You may be restless in bed, while they hardly move at all. These are essential factors to consider because anything that wakes you up at night will affect you during the next day. If arguments over who woke the other up are a staple in your morning routine, a sleep divorce could be a great option for you and your significant other. These kinds of arguments can lead to resentment and fester into even bigger problems. A sleep divorce will give you a good night’s rest and enable you to deal with those stressful situations head-on. These conversations are also a great time to talk about your significant other’s sleep hygiene. This does not mean they're dirty; rather, you may have noticed substantial issues in their sleep patterns. Some signs of poor sleep hygiene include daytime sleepiness and difficulty falling asleep. If you or your partner do suffer from poor sleep hygiene, there are some simple ways to improve sleeping habits. If you take frequent naps during the day, limit them to 30 minutes max. If you’re an avid coffee drinker, make your cut off noon. Drinking caffeine in the afternoon or evening can make it harder to fall sleep. Exercising and establishing a regular bedtime are also simple ways You and your partner are having relationship issues.

With the holidays right around the corner, you may be searching for the perfect gift for your significant other. What about a sleep divorce? It’s not an actual divorce, but rather a separation of sleeping spaces. It’s more common than you think. A recent study by Mattress Clarity revealed that almost 40% of people would prefer to sleep in separate beds than their spouses. There is no malice associated with a sleep divorce. Some people have drastically different sleeping habits that can keep their partners up at night, and when someone doesn’t get an adequate amount of sleep, it can significantly impact their well-being. If you’re wondering about a sleep divorce, here are three signs it could be just the thing for you. Your mental health is declining. This could start out as grogginess or excessive irritability, but it can develop into an inability to concentrate, a lack of motivation, forgetfulness, being more accident-prone, and getting sick easily. Not only are these symptoms common, but severe mental health issues and cardiovascular disease are also closely related to sleep deprivation. You have different sleep needs and habits. Everyone has different needs, and that’s okay. Some people may need noise in the background to fall asleep while others require a quiet environment.

to improve your sleep hygiene, and if either of you snores, sleep apnea machines could be a great resource to enhance your quality of sleep. If a separate sleeping arrangement is not possible, CPAP and oral appliances are alternatives to allow for a more restful sleep. These decrease snoring and movement and allow better breathing while sleeping. Our office works with physicians who could prescribe CPAP, or for those who do not wish to use a CPAP, we are able to fabricate an oral appliance. As we finish out the year, it’s the perfect time to get an oral appliance for sleep apnea, as most options are covered by insurance. Depending on your policy, they’re either very affordable or free. Take advantage of your insurance policy while you still have end-of-the-year credits to pick up those oral appliances. Please call our office to schedule a consultation. Finally, thank you for another great year. The support from our patients and staff makes our dental family truly special. I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season and restful sleep.

To your great smiles and better health,

–Dr. Michelle Wedd le

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