Headaches and feeling uneasy may be related to sleep

These days people are having many symptoms they have not had before.

That could be headaches, feeling uneasy and all sorts of things.

The best thing you can do is to sleep well, eat right and get some exercise.

If you are waking up in the morning with headaches, something is going on while you are sleeping.

If you have trouble getting to sleep for an excessive amount of time, that is a problem.

If you cannot stay asleep through most of the night, that’s a problem.

If you are waking up with headaches, that is a problem.

Sleep is for rest. Sleep is for rehabilitation. Sleep is for recovery. Both for our bodies and our brain.

If you are not waking up rested, something is wrong.

Speak to your doctor.

Go on my website to see my videos.

Find out about any of these problems and do something about this.


Falling Asleep vs Staying Asleep In Toronto

Hi, I’m Dr. Richard Goodfellow.

I’m here to talk to you about stress, sleeping (or the lack thereof), or a problem getting to sleep.

Nobody has to comment on the stress that has been happening in the last year and a half on top of what other stresses people were facing before recent events.

If you find yourself clenching or grinding your teeth at 2 o’clock in the morning, that is a completely different system than if you are clenching and grinding your teeth at 2 o’clock in the afternoon.

Both can lead to headaches. Both can lead to jaw problems. But they are different.

If you are clenching your teeth at 2 o’clock in the afternoon, you are awake. This is a cognitive/behavioural issue. This could be due to problems with a job, family, or traffic, etc. It could be related to any or all of these issues.

These are a habit. These are daytime stress releasers.

However, if you are clenching or grinding your teeth at 2 o’clock in the morning, you are unconscious. This is your autonomic nervous system taking over and you are doing that for a different set of reasons.

It could be a sleep and/or breathing issue. It could be a pain issue. It could be both.

If you have trouble getting to sleep, that is different than staying asleep.

Staying asleep is often an airway issue.

Not being to get to sleep could be a pain issue. Or it could be an issue related to what happened to you during the day.

I’m happy to help with either of those issues.

You need to consult with a physician, especially if you are having trouble getting to sleep.


The Difference Between Tension During The Day and Night

I would like to talk to you about the stress we are all having (which is often related to COVID lately) and TMJ symptoms or problems.

The stress we have during the day if we are clenching and grinding our teeth, and we are aware of it, is a cognitive/behavioural issue. It’s a habit. We can stop ourselves.

The musculature in the head and face tends to tighten up, we could slip off the jaw disc, but usually we can stop ourselves and limit this.

The problem comes during sleep and we are unconscious because we are not aware of this.

This is a nervous system problem and because we are unconscious this can go on for many minutes and possibly even an hour or so. Therefore, the musculature is even tighter.

We can end up with ear symptoms or headaches. We could wake up with headaches.

This is when we are doing these things to ourselves while we are sleeping.

Call us for me information. I’m happy to help.


Teeth Grinding May Not Be Due To Tension

It’s Dr. Richard Goodfellow.

COVID still continues. There is a light at the end of the tunnel but please be careful. The rescue ships are coming so keep treading water and don’t do anything silly. I know this is a challenge so I’m going to talk to you about being uptight.

People clenching and grinding their teeth during the day is a result of tension. This could be due to traffic, kids, COVID and all sorts of things someone experiences during the day.

If you find yourself clenching your teeth during the night while sleeping… that is something else because you are asleep and unconscious.

That is usually an airway issue and a sleep/breathing issue. This often leads to morning time headaches or jaw tightening or waking up with the jaw locking or even neck and back issues in the morning.

Please be aware of the difference between these two situations.

Consult your dentist or doctor.

Be careful to recognize the difference between waking up with a headache versus having a headache at 5 o’clock in the afternoon.

It could be tension but it is a different kind of tension.

Be careful and be safe.

More information is on our home page.


Non Invasive TMJ Treatment

I’m here to talk about craniofacial pain, headaches and TMJ problems.

We deal with this in a non-invasive, reversible way.

We support you structurally so that your muscles start to relax and then the pain starts to drop down.

We do this by finding out what position you want to function in using your neurology.

Then your muscles start to lengthen and relax.

The pain then decreases and patients start to feel much better in a very sustainable way.

More information about TMJ disorders is available on the home page.


Something to consider regarding snoring and sleep apnea

Women have an important role to play on behalf of the husbands or men in their life who may be snoring, not sleeping well, having headaches, neck aches or back aches. Since men are asleep when they snore or stop breathing for short periods during sleep (sleep apnea), it is the woman in a relationship who may be better able to notice these issues with a man.

What is not commonly known is these concerns may be related to the jaw and it’s alignment.

Sleep and breathing issues such as snoring and stopping breathing during the night may contribute to head and neck pain as well as to jaw related issues.

This is an inflammatory issue. Strokes, heart attacks and type 2 diabetes can be linked to sleep disordered breathing as well.

It is all in the literature.

We are happy to help.

If you are nervous about this or have any questions, please contact us.

We are here for you.

More information about sleep apnea is here or click on snoring for more information about that issue.

Call us at 905-470-0009 with any questions you may have.






Webinar on TMD and Sleep-Related Breathing Disorders

Dr. Goodfellow is speaking on a webinar on TMD and Sleep-Related Breathing Disorders: Identifying Them in Your Practice on Tuesday June 25 at 9:00 PM EDT

Here is the link to register:


Webinar Synopsis

The majority of people with sleep-related breathing disorders (SRBDs) are undiagnosed. SRBDs can lead to hypertension, stroke and heart attack in adults, and behavioural problems in children. There is also a strong correlation between SRBDs and temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD). Untreated, patients with TMD will have ongoing symptoms, including headaches and chronic pain. The general dentist is the health professional best suited to recognize and initiate treatment of TMD and SRBDs for patients of any age. Treatment includes bite registration and appliance therapy.


Study Shows Red Wine and Chocolate Consumption Linked To Anti-Aging

The journal BMC Cell Biology published research linking the consumption of a compound similar to resveratrol to help with aging. Reservatrol is found in red wine and dark chocolate. This substance which is similar to resveratrol was found to help rejuvenate old human cells. This may slow down the aging process.

Researchers in the United Kingdom at the University of Exeter performed the study.

Splicing factors are often inactive as people age. But when resveralogues were added to aging human cells in the study, the splicing factors were reactivated. As a result, old cells appreared younger and they also started to divide again.

“When I saw some of the cells in the culture dish rejuvenating I couldn’t believe it,” says Dr. Latorre. “These old cells were looking like young cells. It was like magic,” she says.

“I repeated the experiments several times and in each case, the cells rejuvenated. I am very excited by the implications and potential for this research,” Dr. Latorre adds.

See more about this article at: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/320017.php


Natural Antibiotics For Bacteria In The Body

The many advancements and benefits of modern medicine increase every day. Overall it’s hard to say how many years it may have added to many people’s lives.

As with most things in life though, it is important to weigh the pros and cons to important decisions.

One possible concern with regular antibiotics is that they may harm the good bacteria in the gut. A reduction in good gut bacteria is not to be desired.

Before modern medicine, finding natural ways to help the body heal was relied on. Some of these may work very well. Others are not as effective. But many natural approaches are often quite safe.

Here are some natural options to deal with bacteria in the body:

“1. Garlic and Onion

Both garlic and onion contain anti-cancer, antifungal, and antibacterial properties.  According to the journal publication Pharmacognosy Reviews, “At the time when antibiotics and other pharmacy products did not exist, a bulb of garlic itself represented a whole pharmacy industry due to the broad spectrum of effects.”

2. Ginger Root

Ginger can be eaten fresh, dried, or powdered.  You can also take it as an extract, tincture, oil, lozenge, or capsule.   It is a potent antibiotic, pain-reliever, and anti-inflammatory agent, capable of relieving motion sickness and nausea, among other things.

3. Coconut Oil

As a natural antibiotic, coconut oil helps cure candida, warts, inflammation, and coughs.    It is also a potent antifungal, antiviral, and antimicrobial agent which prevents dangerous pathogens from entering the digestive system.

4. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar contains acetic acid, a potent anti-inflammatory. It helps reduce the symptoms of various conditions, including gout, arthritis, and acne.

5. Honey

Honey contains hydrogen peroxide, which is often used to treat cuts and minor injuries.  Amazingly, studies show that honey kills more than sixty different types of bacteria!”



22 Problems That May Be Linked To Low Magnesium

As described in the original article, magnesium plays a role in many bodily functions. If you are low in magnesium there are many possbile symptoms people may experience.

Becoming aware of a magnesium deficiency is not as simple as having a blood test from a medical doctor though. That’s because, as the article explains, only a small percentage of the magnesium in the body is present in the blood. The majority of the magnesium in the body is stored in the organs and bones.

Many people with a low level of magnesium are not aware of this.

It is important to be aware of some of the signs of having low magnesium. Some of these include headaches, low energy and loss of appetite.

“Dr. Dean has studied and written about magnesium for more than 15 years. The latest addition of her book, The Magnesium Miracle, came out in 2014 and in it you can learn about 22 medical areas that magnesium deficiency triggers or causes, all of which have all been scientifically proven. This includes:4

  1. Anxiety/panic attacks
  2. Asthma
  3. Blood clots
  4. Bowel diseases
  5. Cystitis
  6. Depression
  7. Detoxification
  8. Diabetes
  9. Fatigue
  10. Heart disease
  11. Hypertension
  12. Hypoglycemia
  13. Insomnia
  14. Kidney disease
  15. Liver disease
  16. Migraine
  17. Musculoskeletal conditions
  18. Nerve problems
  19. Obstetrics/gynecology
  20. Osteoporosis
  21. Raynaud’s syndrome
  22. Tooth decay”

The original article can be read at: https://www.healthy-holistic-living.com/22-little-known-dangers-magnesium-deficiency.html