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Acid Reflux and Sleep

Tamara Kaye Sellman, RPSGT, CCSH

In the old days, we called it heartburn. Now we call it acid reflux, or by its acronym GERDgastroesophageal reflux disease.

Whatever you want to call it, if you’ve ever had it and tried to sleep, you know what an uncomfortable exercise in frustration that can be.

GERD affects millions of people worldwide and most of them encounter it at bedtime or as they sleep.

It’s no surprise that people who suffer from acid reflux have sleep problems: results from the 2001 Sleep in America poll show that Americans with heartburn at bedtime are more likely to suffer from insomnia, sleep apnea, excessive daytime sleepiness, and restless legs then their companions without heartburn.

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