Sleep & GERD

More than 60 million American adults experience heartburn at least once a month, and more than 15 million adults suffer daily from heartburn. Many pregnant women experience daily heartburn. Recent studies show that GERD in infants and children is more common than previously the recognized and may produce recurrent vomiting , coughing , and other respiratory problems. Sometimes, people confuse the symptoms of heart attack with symptoms of acid reflux disease. That’s because pain in the chest can feel like heartburn. When in doubt, call your doctor.

Our study demonstrated that naps were much more commonly associated with gastroesophageal reflux, as well as GERD related symptoms, when compared with an equivalent sleep time during the nighttime. Bernstein test. This test helps to see if your symptoms are caused by acid in your esophagus. The test is performed by dripping a mild acid through a tube placed in your esophagus. In another recent study, we evaluated the role of naps in bringing about gastroesophageal reflux. Naps are associated with more shallow sleep, which is much more vulnerable for gastroesophageal reflux to occur. The combination of taking a nap after a meal may result in more severe gastroesophageal reflux disease.

These procedures are done only as a last resort for treating acid reflux disease after medical treatment has proven to be inadequate. Another surgical procedure called fundoplication can help prevent further acid reflux. It creates an artificial valve using the top of your stomach. The procedure involves wrapping the upper part of the stomach around the LES to strengthen it, prevent acid reflux, and repair a hiatal hernia. Surgeons perform this procedure through either an open incision in the abdomen or chest or with a lighted tube inserted through a tiny incision in the abdomen.

GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) is a digestive disorder. It is caused when gastric acid from your stomach flows back up into your food pipe or esophagus. Having surgery called fundoplication. This is sometimes done to help keep the esophagus in the right place and to stop the backward flow of fluid (reflux). Avoiding foods and beverages that can weaken the LES is often recommended. These foods include chocolate , peppermint, fatty foods, coffee, and alcoholic beverages. Foods and beverages that can irritate a damaged esophageal lining, such as citrus fruits and juices, tomato products, and pepper, should also be avoided if they cause symptoms.

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