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10. 16. 2018

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How Sleep Affects the Economy

Between 1975 and 2006, there was a 22% increase in people getting less than six hours of sleep per night, which ultimately impairs our decision-making abilities.  This could be due to multiple factors – long shift hours, commute times, job demands, etc.  Whatever the reason, insufficient sleep has been linked to several of the leading…

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Performance Suffers with Sleep Deprivation

It’s true that when we don’t get enough sleep, our performance suffers the next day.  We feel groggy and unmotivated, and if repeated enough, we can even begin to feel depressed.  During the holidays especially, there is a lot of extra pressure on us to buy gifts for everyone, hit all the sales, visit family…

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07. 16. 2018

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TMD and Aural Symptoms

There are many theories surrounding the relationship between TMD and aural symptoms. Many of these theories are based off of the discovery by Costen in 1934, who initially associated TMD with aural dysfunction. A dislocated disc in the jaw joint increases pressure in the Eustachian tube, as well as the auriculotemporal nerve. The auriculotemporal nerve…

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06. 15. 2018

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Importance of Sleep & Dreams

Freud perseverated on dreams and emphasized the importance of the unconscious mind. He postulated that our brains paralyze our muscles during REM sleep to save us from hurting ourselves if we are physically acting out our dreams. His belief was that the unconscious mind governs the body’s behavior and makes us, in a way, conscious…

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05. 17. 2018

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Cells Affecting Circadian Rhythms

Since the 1970’s, scientists have been unable to determine which cells in the brain are responsible for controlling the body’s circadian rhythm, due to the massive number of neurons involved.  The circadian rhythm, which is produced by the SCN (suprachiasmatic nucleus), is located within the hypothalamus.  Approximately 2 years ago, Dr. Joseph Takahashi (Chairman of…

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The contents of this website, such as text, graphics, images, and other materials are for informational purposes only. While there are many commonalities among multiple TMD and sleep apnea cases, each patient is unique. Information on this website should be used to educate the reader about what they should discuss with their doctor if they are suffering from the listed symptoms. The information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Seek the advice of your physician or you may call our office with any questions you may have regarding TMD or sleep apnea. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately.


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