“In search of good sleep, or as part of the remedies for poor sleep, consideration to reflux is almost always overlooked! Only recently have some medical research papers discussed the association between sleep disorders and reflux, particularly the association between sleep apnea and reflux.
Reflux can result in sleep disturbances by causing arousals every time a reflux episode occurs. In other words, reflux episodes occurring in the middle of the night, wake you up, and then, yes: your mind will start racing and falling back asleep can be very difficult. Very few in the medical world are aware that reflux may be causing these symptoms, and often attribute them to anxiety, asthma, or heart abnormalities. Treating your reflux will certainly improve some aspects of your sleep.
Get a sleep study to rule out sleep apnea as an underlying cause of your persistent reflux, and possibly even a simultaneous acid pH testing with the sleep testing. At home, avoid eating at least 3 hours before laying down, and have the head of your bed elevated. Drinking enough alcohol will also cause reflux.”
Why You Should Follow
Dr. Stern is the Founder and CEO of the first BlueSleep center in New York City utilizing telemedicine to revolutionize Sleep Medicine. He is also the best-selling author of Dropping Acid The Reflux Diet Cookbook and Cure, and producer of Music for Dreams a series of albums created to help those suffering from poor quality sleep.