Children And Sleep Issues


Richard Goodfellow here again.

I would like a quick word with you about children and sleep.

We often overlook or expect our kids to sleep well. But often, they don’t.

Have a look down their throat. Look at their tonsils. Make sure the nose is clear.

They tend to get a little inflamed when they sleep.

We want our kids breathing through their nose while they are sleeping.

These days can be a little tense so if you catch your kids grinding their teeth while they are sleeping, it’s got more to do with an airway than anything else that is going on.

So, look down the throat and look at the tonsils. Make sure the nose is working. That would be the first steps.

Also, speak to your dentist. Speak to your doctor.

But if there are issues about attention, bed-wetting, snoring, grinding the teeth, you need to know that little kids should not be doing that at all.

Neither should big kids, but especially little kids.

Feel free to contact me anytime. I am happy to help.

Tinnitus and TMJ Connection


It is Richard Goodfellow again, talking about TMJ and Sleep Breathing Disorders.

Today I would like to touch on Tinnitus, ringing in the ears.

Sometimes people have it episodic, every once in a while, and some people have it as a real, real problem daily, and it is usually experienced more when your life quiets down, you’re sitting at home, lying in bed.

There is a very strong relationship between TMJ problems and ringing in the ears.

Here we show a TMJ where there is a disc issue. People who like to clench and grind, this bone is going up, creates an inflammatory response, and there is the inner ear right there.

It is not uncommon for people to experience ringing in the ears while they have a TMJ problem.

Some people don’t think they have a TMJ problem, but they have ringing in the ears, and lo and behold, they find out they do have a TMJ problem.

So, we could explore this together.

We’re here to help. Just give us a call.

Sleep, Headaches and Pain – The Vicious Cycle

A lot of people today have headaches, migraines, they are exhausted, and if you do not get good sleep your stress levels go up even further because you have less of an ability to deal with it.

I’m Dr. Richard Goodfellow.

Please visit my website for very interesting videos and information for me to help you with this.

People are having a lot of trouble today. If you have trouble with your sleep, that makes you more prone to headaches and pain. If you have lots of headaches and pain, that can ruin your sleep.

It’s a vicious cycle.

Today people have a lot of reasons for stress.

I may be able to help with some of these issues.

Feel free to contact me.

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.


Tip For Fatigue and Sleep Problems

I’m Dr. Richard Goodfellow.

I have an office that is completely dedicated TMJ and jaw problems, headaches and sleep/breathing disorders.

I would like to talk about one particular topic right now which is fatigue and/or sleep problems.

This often happens in females between 25 and 60 years of age, where everything else is going fine but they are just tired all the time.

Often it is a sleep and/or breathing problem.

If you interrupt sleep (sleep has a shape and architecture), you interrupt hormones.

If you interrupt the flow of hormones, you interrupt almost everything – appetite, digestion, growth, healing, and so on.

With kids, it is a growth issue.

For adults, it is a healing and maintenance issue.

It could affect appetite, weight loss, and of course, how you feel.

Here’s a tip:

Have a look at your nose. Notice how you are breathing through your nose. Do anything you can when you go to sleep to open up your nose such as using “breathing strips”, nasal spray etc. Then see how you feel over the next week when you breathe through your nose better.

If you have any other questions or if you want more tips, especially about sleep apnea or snroing, look around my website.

I’m happy to help.