woman sitting up in bed struggling to sleepNowadays, life moves fast and many people are finding it hard to keep up. A recent poll showed that 83 percent of Americans have sleeping problems. In fact, this issue is so prevalent, the CDC currently lists inadequate sleep as a national public health epidemic. Numerous things have the power to cause sleep difficulties; however, according to new research, pain is very high on the list.

What’s Causing Our Sleeping Problems?

To find out why so many people suffer from sleep difficulties, Harris Interactive conducted a survey involving 1,000 adult respondents. Ultimately, its poll revealed the following:

  • 50 percent of respondents blamed anxiety or stress for their sleeping problems; while 47 percent blamed incessant over-thinking.
  • About one in three said they simply felt too tired to fall asleep; while about two in ten respondents blamed noise.
  • 23 percent said kids or pets disturbed their sleep; while just under one in five blamed breathing difficulties.
  • 17 percent said their sleeping partners kept them awake; while a whopping 38 percent said chronic pain ruined their slumber.

The Impact of Pain

Unrelenting pain can impact all parts of a person’s life; however, when it promotes insomnia, troublesome consequences may result. Research has tied sleeping difficulties to serious health problems, including cancer, dementia, heart disease and diabetes. Based on a mountain of evidence, it’s becoming clear that pain doesn’t just make our lives unpleasant; it also has the ability to make them shorter.

When TMD Is to Blame

A debilitating condition that causes headaches, tinnitus, facial tenderness, chewing difficulties and pain, temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) can make days difficult. It can also promote long, unpleasant nights by causing chronic sleeping difficulties.

Fortunately, if you are living with TMD, help is available. Drs. Ken and Marnie Collins provide an effective treatment for temporomandibular joint disorder that works by addressing the source of the problem: a bad bite. To learn how you can find relief from your TMJ pain, contact their office today.