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We all know that stress is a leading cause of numerous health conditions. And many of us claim that the holiday season exacerbates their stress levels. And here we are again as November begins. The light changes, the time changes, the weather changes, the social expectations change… And as they say, everybody likes progress, but nobody likes change. This, for many, is the heart and soul of stress.

Did you know that stress and anxiety can also adversely affect your oral health? Stress and anxiety, in general, can hinder sleep and help cause grinding of your teeth. In addition to watching out for the numerous bad foods available throughout the holiday season, it’s also worth taking some time to de-stress through Thanksgiving. Interestingly enough, a great number of leading happiness scholars all point to a single factor that influences general happiness: gratitude.

Stave off your stress levels this November by keeping a close count of the things you have to be grateful for. Keep a list, even. It’s not too taxing to write a few things down every day before bed that you have in your life to be thankful for. If it’s a struggle? Get back to basics. Be grateful for the simple things. Be thankful for a roof over your head. Be thankful for family and friends, and the beauty of the season.

No matter what your situation is, your sleep can grow deeper and more fulfilling, and the team at Dr. Bez understands. We have been helped thousands with sleep apnea, and TMJD find drug free and needle-free solutions and a new lease on life. Follow us on Facebook this month to learn more about the connection between anxiety and sleep and what you can do about it. If you know someone who is suffering from the symptoms of sleep apnea or TMJD, call us today to schedule an evaluation.