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Social media is a powerful agent for making relationships and cultivating connections, but when it comes to sleep, the side effects are reason for concern. As studies have shown, high levels of social media use is linked with sleep issues, such as difficulty falling asleep, poor...

Sleep – it’s something that we all need, but few of us get it consistently. In our fast-paced world, it can seem increasingly difficult to get regular sleep, let alone actually getting to a point of feeling well rested. Often, we cut back on sleep...

Sleep deprivation is a dangerous phenomenon that can take a heavy toll on your body, making you more vulnerable to all kinds of infections, illnesses, and disorders as a result. While a few restless nights may not seem like much reason for worry, beware that...

If you suffer from sleep apnea, a condition marked by interrupted breathing during sleep, your physician most likely recommended using a CPAP machine. However, not all patients can tolerate using CPAP devices consistently.  At TMJ and Sleep Solutions of Alabama, Dr. Amy Hartsfield has already helped...

Vitamin Deficiencies Are you having trouble sleeping at night? There are many possible causes, but one that is not discussed nearly enough is how vitamin deficiencies can make it difficult to fall asleep at your normal bedtime. Today we are looking at five forms of vitamin...

Along with rising incidents of anxiety and depression in the United States, dentists have also reported an increase in the number of cases of temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ). This begs the question for medical professionals whether there is a link between this condition and anxiety/depression...

Among the major sleep disorders is sleep apnea, a well-known disorder that causes affected individuals to stop breathing periodically during the night. A lesser-known condition exists, however, that is gaining more and more attention: Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome (UARS), a sleep disorder often paired with...

We were so proud when the amazing news reached us that Dr. Amy Hartsfield had been welcomed as one of just seven dentists across the United States appointed to serve on the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine. Such a major achievement is the cause...

Teeth grinding (also known as bruxism) represents a common disorder that can cause serious pain and sometimes even permanently damage a person’s teeth and jaw. According to studies, there is a strong correlation between bruxism and stress-related disorders such as anxiety and depression. Although teeth...