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If you suffer from acid reflux, you are never looking for a good night's sleep. After all, lying in a totally flat position is everything but comfortable or relaxing. After all, this position tends to exacerbate the symptoms.
What Is Acid Reflux?
Simply put, acid reflux which is also known as GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) is characterized by the backward flow of stomach acid into your esophagus. So, when you're lying in a flat position, it makes it even easier for stomach acid to creep up your esophagus, making sleep uncomfortable and even difficult.
Acid Reflux Symptoms
Just like other health conditions, acid reflux has some more typical or common symptoms. These include:
- heartburn which is a burning sensation at the back of your chest
- regurgitation which is the feeling that stomach contents or liquid are coming up into your chest and mouth
- chest pain which is not related to the heart
- sore throat
- difficulty breathing.
One of the things that many people don't know is that about 20% of Americans have acid reflux, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). In addition, is worth pointing out that while both men and women can suffer from this condition, men usually experience more severe complications.
When you suffer from acid reflux, you already know that you need to pay attention to what you eat. You should avoid late meals as well as heavier meals, especially at dinner.
One of the reasons why acid reflux tends to affect your sleep is because you don't produce as much saliva when you're sleeping as when you're awake. Saliva helps minimize acid reflux symptoms. In addition, it's also important to consider the clothing you are wearing for sleeping. If you are overweight and you are wearing tight clothing, this may also increase your acid reflux symptoms at night.
How To Get A Good Night's Sleep With Acid Reflux
So, what can you do to have a good night's sleep if you suffer from acid reflux?
Besides the tips and tricks we already mentioned above, you should also make sure that you are using an acid reflux wedge like the Back Support Systems Bed Wedge System.
Made with bamboo, the Back Support Systems Bed Wedge System is a great acid reflux wedge pillow that allows you to keep your upper body elevated to ensure normal breathing and digestion. While your upper body is elevated, you will still be comfortable and well supported. In addition, your neck and spine will be perfectly aligned.
The Back Support Systems Bed Wedge System also includes a one-inch memory foam top to ensure that you get the maximum comfort while you are sleeping.
This acid reflux wedge pillow is great not only to control your acid reflux symptoms as well as it can also help people who are recovering from specific surgeries, perfectly aligns your neck and spine, and it can also help reduce snoring.