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At TMJ & Sleep Solutions of Alabama, we are an experienced dental sleep medicine practice led by board-certified dentist Dr. Amy Hartsfield, DMD. Our team provides effective oral appliance therapy (OAT) for patients with obstructive sleep apnea (or OSA, commonly known as sleep apnea). If you’re...

The Secrets of Sleep: The Vital Role of Hormones In each person’s body, many glands and related organs secrete hormones; they make up the body’s endocrine system. Hormone secretions initiate essential physiological processes and regulate critical bodily functions, like sleep. Your health is highly dependent on the...

If you struggle to fall asleep at night, you’re definitely not alone. Millions of Americans have sleep deprivation and insomnia, a sleep disorder in which a patient has trouble falling asleep, staying asleep throughout the night, getting quality rest while sleeping, or all of the...

If you tend to talk in your sleep, you probably know about it: You’ve either been told by someone else who has heard your mid-slumber grumblings firsthand or you’ve woken yourself up with it. Snoring caused by sleep apnea and talking in your sleep can both...

You’ve likely heard of someone feeling fatigued and irritable after their circadian rhythm gets off track or how winter days with little sunlight can cause “seasonal depression” (seasonal affective disorders or “S.A.D.”), vitamin D deficiencies, and vision problems. But did you know that our bodies’...

You may already be familiar with the effect of sleeplessness on your brain, diminishing the cognitive functions responsible for decision-making, emotional processing, and the speed of reaction times. Undiagnosed and untreated sleep apnea can not only cause a lack of sleep: It can also put...

It’s estimated that around 20 million adults in the U.S. suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, and an alarming 80% of people with sleep apnea go undiagnosed. However, if you live alone and someone isn’t there to hear you snoring loudly or gasping for air during...