I finally chomped through my comfy, custom-made night guard. Luckily I had a spare boil & bite Dentek guard as a back up. Even though it's bulkier and makes me drool a bit, I've noticed that I'm sleeping much better at night. I'm back to having vivid dreams in my REM sleep stages, and I don't wake up feeling as groggy.
Why is this? I'm sure I'm still clenching at night. Could the added cushioning of the boil & bite guard be preventing full clenching?
asked byNemesis (11157)
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on August 24, 2012
at 12:05 PM
I have the same issue, and I've gnawed my way through plenty of mouthguards. I've noticed that I sleep better when I have a new guard, no matter what kind it is, and I also wake up with less headaches. It probably has something to do with how well the mouthguard keeps your jaw in place, and prevents it from moving around. I stopped using the ones you get from the dentist because they're expensive as hell, and I can get the same effect by boiling a new one every few weeks.