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Acid Reflux And Sleep Disorders:
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Acid reflux manifests itself through many symptoms like persistent heartburn, acid regurgitation, pain in the chest, hoarseness in the voice, pain during swallowing, choking, dry cough, and bad breath. Among all these, acid reflux is the leading cause of sleep disorders. If a person is repeatedly aroused during sleep, even for a brief time, the sleep cycles are interrupted and sleep is fragmented. Fragmented sleep is less effective in replenishing energy and one feels tired the next day.

Acid Reflux And Sleep Disorders

Doctors have long suspected a relationship between acid reflux and obstructive sleep apnea, two medical conditions which have a deleterious effect on the quality of life of the patient. A person who has sleep apnea stops breathing temporarily many times during the night.

Night-time acid reflux does not have to be severe enough to fully awaken an individual. Mild reflux may briefly arouse them and interrupt their sleep cycles, but may not be severe enough to fully awaken them from sleep. This is known as ‘silent reflux’. While each episode may last only a few seconds, dozens of them occur during the night. The total sleep time remains normal, but the quality of sleep is markedly diminished, and as the individual is not fully awaken, he has total amnesia for these episodes. During the day, the best defence against acid reflux is gravity. But when one lies down, gravity cannot clear acid from the oesophagus back into the stomach. Another defence is saliva which has an acid buffering quality and the act of swallowing pushes the acid back down into the stomach. When asleep, you produce less saliva and swallow less often, making you more vulnerable to acid reflux.

Getting a good night's sleep is essential for feeling refreshed and alert during the day. Unfortunately, not everyone is blessed with the restorative sleep they need. By changing your habits and lifestyle, you can reduce acid reflux significantly and can improve the quality of sleep:

·         Do not sleep for three to four hours after having a meal.

·         Elevate the head of your bed about six to nine inches by placing wooden blocks under the head of your bed. But raising the head using pillows is not a good alternative.

·         Do not eat large meals as it increases the amount of acid needed to digest it. Eat smaller meals throughout the day, especially at night.

·         Excess weight puts pressure on the abdomen, pushing up the stomach and causing the acid to move back into the oesophagus. Control weight to prevent heartburn.

·         Avoid heartburn causing foods such as fatty or fried foods, chocolate, garlic, caffeine, nicotine, onion, citrus, alcohol, and mint-flavoured foods.

·         Loosen your belt as the clothes that fit tightly around your waist put pressure on your abdomen and the lower oesophageal sphincter.

·         Smoking increases stomach acid. Therefore, stop smoking to prevent acid reflux.

 

The only effective, safe and permanent remedy for acid reflux and sleep disorders is the holistic approach. It goes beyond the symptoms to holistically heal the body and helps achieve total health. Holistic treatment is completely natural, causes no side-effects, deals with all the underlying causes and is the best way to attain a permanent heart-burn free life.


 

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