Sleep Acid Reflux GERD
Many people suffer from lack of Sleep due to Acid Reflux known as GERD ( Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease)
What exactly is GERD? The national sleep foundation describes GERD as;
” GERD describes a backflow of acid from the stomach into the esophagus. Most patients with GERD experience an increase in the severity of symptoms (usually heartburn or coughing and choking) while sleeping or attempting to sleep. If the acid backs up as far as the throat and larynx, the sleeper will wake up coughing and choking. If the acid only backs up as far as the esophagus the symptom is usually experienced as heartburn.”
At least 20% of Americans (likely similar for Canadians) experience heartburn once a week or more.
What Causes GERD?
No one knows exactly why people get GERD but factors that may contribute to it include:
Also, certain foods can be associated with reflux events, including:
- citrus fruits
- drinks with caffeine
- fatty and fried foods
- garlic and onions
- mint flavorings
- spicy foods
- tomato-based foods, like spaghetti sauce, chili, and pizza
Acid Reflux (GERD) and Sleep Apnea
At least one report claims 60% of people with Sleep Apnea also experience GERD.
For more information check out this article on the associations of GERD, Sleep Apnea and other sleep disorders.
Certainly, in every case, consult with your Physician when ever you have health issues!
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