Those on H2 blockers stopped using the medications at least three days prior to entering the study, and any PPI use was stopped at least three weeks beforehand. Overall, the study found, 90 percent of GERD patients woke up at least once during overnight monitoring, with the majority of the awakenings (52 percent) being associated with an acid-reflux episode. In the healthy comparison group, 78 percent woke up at least once, but never in relation to acid reflux. Fass and his under the mattress wedges colleagues also found that in GERD patients, the reflux episodes usually came not before, but after they woke up. If the acid reflux usually happened after, and most awakenings were not accompanied by heartburn symptoms, it is not clear why GERD patients tended to wake up more often, according to the researchers. One possibility, they say, is that nervous-system activity that helps stimulate acid reflux actually rouses people from sleep before the reflux occurs.
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Sleeping Well With GERD
“We found that up to a quarter of the U.S. population loses sleep because of nighttime heartburn, and many of these individuals have related sleep complaints and suffer from excessive daytime sleepiness.” Symptoms of heartburn (called indigestion) occur when acids in the stomach lurch up into the esophagus, causing a burning sensation and pain in the chest. Although occasional heartburn may be common after eating spicy or greasy foods, recurrent nighttime heartburn is associated with a more severe form of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and a higher risk of cancer from acid erosion. What Prompts Nighttime Heartburn?
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Soda, Sleeping Pills May Cause Heartburn
Eat two to three hours before bed. Make sure that you’re not loading up on a big dinner, dessert, or a snack just before bed, says Marrero. Eat your last meal or snack at least two or three hours before you lie down. 3. Raise your head. Sleeping with your upper body elevated can help keep gastric acids in your stomach. Marrero suggests elevating the head of your bed with some blocks or heavy books.
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