What to Do If I Have Acid Reflux at Night?

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What to Do If I Have Acid Reflux at Night?

As mentioned in last week’s blog, acid reflux can be an annoyance, especially during bedtime. For many people, this is a recurring nightmare due to nighttime acid reflux. Particularly painful and disruptive, acid reflux at night can prevent a restful sleep and negatively impact your overall health and well-being. Fortunately, occasional acid reflux is manageable at home, but chronic acid reflux, also known as GERD can really affect your quality of life, and it can damage your esophagus tissues over time. It is important to learn how to prevent it. Some good solutions would be to have an elevated pillow and making changes in your diet.

Waking up in the middle of the night feeling like you’ve just swallowed a ball of fire is hardly anyone’s idea of a good night’s sleep. One of the most effective strategies is modifying your sleeping position. A notable solution is the use of an elevated pillow, like the MedCline Acid Reflux Relief System. It uniquely creates and maintains a doctor-recommended inclined, left-side sleeping position. This specialized sleep system is designed to prevent acid from pooling in the esophagus, thereby providing relief from the discomfort of reflux. Due to gravity, the shape of the stomach, and the angle of the connection between it and the esophagus, the left side is the ideal sleep position for when you are having a bout of acid reflux. With its well-designed positioning and softness, you are bound to have a better night’s sleep.

Another remedy to help with your acid reflux is through diet. The connection between diet and acid reflux is well-documented. Foods and beverages like coffee, alcohol, chocolates, spicy foods, and those high in fats can trigger reflux symptoms. Eating a heavy meal and lying down too soon after is a recipe for a restless night. So, be sure to avoid consuming any of these foods if possible and try to cut down on those midnight snacks. Doing this might lessen or eliminate any acid that might creep its way up into your esophagus. While these remedies can significantly improve your quality of life, it’s crucial to recognize when professional help is needed. If you experience chronic acid reflux more than twice a week, or if over-the-counter medications do not provide relief, it’s time to visit your doctor. They can assess your condition and recommend treatment options, including prescription medications and lifestyle adjustments, to better manage your symptoms.

Nighttime acid reflux doesn’t have to control your life or dictate your sleep quality. By understanding the triggers and implementing strategic changes, such as elevating your sleeping position and monitoring your diet, you can mitigate the effects of acid reflux. Remember, though, consistent, and unmanageable symptoms warrant a visit to your healthcare provider to prevent potential long-term damage and ensure your nights are restful and rejuvenating.

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Article written by William Graves.