Sleeping with Acid Reflux

Low Gravity doesn't help with NIght Time Acid RefluxGravity – the enemy of Night Time Acid Reflux

Night Time Acid Reflux is a problem. If you suffer from acid reflux your sleep may be disturbed by the  heartburn, or even acid burning in your throat. Symptoms may be worse at night because gravity deserts you when you are lying down.

WIthout gravity holding it down, acid can leak more easily through a faulty valve. So we need to generate some gravity.

 

lying flat make Night Time Acid Reflux worse..

This is simpler than it sounds. It simply means that you need to sleep with your upper body at an angle that prevents acid from flowing easily into your esophagus. This is a simple way to reduce night time acid reflux

You could try raising the head end of the bed. This will generate some gravity but puts your whole body at an angle.  This is not ideal,  and if you sleep with a partner this may not be popular with them…

sloping beds may help with Night Time Acid Reflux, but they are inconvenient...

 

You could also try propping yourself up with a mound of pillows. Sadly, this only raises your neck and shoulders, and not your stomach. In fact it might make things worse by compressing your stomach  and causing more reflux…

 

propping yourself up with pillows can make Night Time Acid Reflux worse

 

The best way of generating some gravity in the right place is to use a wedge pillow. This is a large pillow with a triangular profile that lifts your upper body in the right way….

 

a wedge pillow can really help with Night Time Acid Reflux

Enough of your upper body is raised so that your stomach is not under pressure, but you are still at a comfortable angle for sleeping.
These pillows are widely available and are popular with people who need propping up in bed for a variety of reasons…. Click here for details…

A good night’s sleep is invaluable and so important for your general health. It’s worth making an effort to get it right…