BY TEAM FOURTH FRONTIER DESK
Research conducted in sleep clinics on individuals with acid reflux have revealed a correlation between these symptoms and poor sleep quality. Tips for sleeping with acid reflux are:
Eat your last meal at least three hours before bedtime to give your stomach enough time to digest the food.
Sleep on your left side, as research has shown that this position reduces reflux episodes and exposure of the esophagus to stomach acid.
Raise the head of your bed by at least six inches using an adjustable bed frame or finding a suitable mattress.
Medications such as antacids or proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) and H2 blockers can be used to reduce acid production in the stomach, but it is best to consult with a doctor before taking them.
Improve sleep hygiene by creating a consistent sleep schedule, have a relaxing pre-bed routine, and create a comfortable and quiet bedroom environment.
In rare cases, surgery may be considered if these lifestyle changes and medications do not improve symptoms.