A Unique Way to Prevent Acid Reflux at Night

When GERD is experienced at night, it’s referred to as nighttime GERD. Nighttime GERD causes difficulties sleeping and discomfort and waking. Sleep apnea is characterized by sleep interruptions that last for ten or more seconds.

Wondering what sleep apnea and GERD have in common? A study conducted in 2003 found that many patients suffer from sleep apnea and acid reflux at the same time. Doctors also learned that one of the most common ways to treat sleep apnea can also prevent acid reflux at night.

Patients with sleep apnea are sometimes treated with CPAP or continuous positive airway pressure. This treatment involves wearing a mask at night during sleep. The mask is attached to medical equipment that forces air through the nose and keeps the airway clear. Doctors learned that the airway pressure also seemed to keep acid from flowing up into the esophagus and resulting in GERD. If you suffer from nighttime GERD, ask your doctor about this interesting correlation and potential way to prevent acid reflux.

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