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Night-time acid reflux can impact sleep




As per results of a survey presented at the 72nd Annual Scientific Meeting of the American College of Gastroenterology, nighttime acid reflux, along with some of the less typical manifestations or symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), is linked to significant sleep impairment.



Night-time acid reflux can impact sleep

In a recent national survey, scientists assessed the prevalence of sleep impairment among people with GERD and people without GERD based on response to an Internet survey of a general population of U.S. adults. Using a validated GERD screening tool, 701 respondents were identified with GERD and the remaining were controls. Bonnie Dean, MPH, PhD, of Cerner LifeSciences, Ronnie Fass, MD of the University of Arizona and their research team observed that sleep impairment was more common among people with GERD (41.9 percent) than those without GERD (19.4 percent). Scientists observed that 49.5 percent of respondents with nighttime GERD reported sleeping poorly often or most of the time, in comparison to 36.7 percent of people with daytime GERD.

Using the survey, scientists also assessed sleep impairment among patients experiencing frequent nighttime atypical manifestations of GERD. In this case, Dr. Dean and her colleagues reviewed the subgroup of respondents with GERD, as identified using the validated GERD screener. They observed that atypical manifestations or symptoms of GERD (i.e. coughing, sore throat, snoring, wheezing, choking, and chest pain) were common among those with acid reflux. Of GERD patients, 74 percent had at least one nighttime atypical manifestation. For almost every daytime and nighttime atypical manifestation assessed, more than 20 percent of GERD patients reported their occurrence as frequent (more than 2 days or nights per week). Scientists also observed that sleep impairment was more common among GERD patients with atypical manifestations in comparison to GERD patients with only typical or classic symptoms such as heartburn and acid regurgitation. For eight of the nine nighttime atypical manifestations assessed, the proportion of GERD cases reporting sleep impairment was significantly higher for GERD cases with the atypical manifestation compared with GERD cases without the atypical manifestation.

Awareness of nighttime reflux, atypical manifestations, and associated sleep complaints should allow more complete evaluation and therapy of GERD patients, said Dr. Dean about this project.

Tips for Calming Nighttime Acid Reflux.

Heartburn and other gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) symptoms experienced during the night usually cause sleep disturbances, including arousal from sleep, increased wakefulness and overall poor sleep quality.

Here are several tips to help reduce nighttime acid reflux so you can sleep better:
  • Sleep with your head and shoulders elevated
  • Wear loose-fitting clothes
  • Wait 2 to 3 hours after eating to go to sleep
  • Avoid foods that trigger heartburn



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As per results of a survey presented at the 72nd Annual Scientific Meeting of the American College of Gastroenterology, nighttime acid reflux, along with some of the less typical manifestations or symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), is linked to significant sleep impairment.

Medicineworld.org: Night-time acid reflux can impact sleep

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