Is the Pandemic taking its toll on your health and wellness?
People every-where are feeling the stress of the pandemic, and many are feeling the negative effect on their body. Ac-cording to a recent study, prevalence of facial and jaw pain increased by 12% since the COVID-19 pandemic began. The coronavirus has disrupted many aspects of daily life, so it is also no surprise the virus has impacted people’s sleep as well. These disruptions have manifested in different ways. Stress and anxiety related to the pandemic and its complications can lead to sleep loss and feelings of daytime fatigue. Our own practice saw a 21% increase in patients suffering from TMJ and sleep disorders. If you are noticing that your jaw feels sore or stiff, you may be grinding your teeth or clenching your jaw, which are common indicators of stress. These behaviors, also known as temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, can cause pain both in your jaw joint and the muscles that sup-port jaw movement. In addition, this distress on your body can adversely affect your sleep causing restless-ness, discomfort, and even the life-threatening disorder of sleep apnea.