Sleep apnea is a serious condition that should not be ignored. In fact, sleep apnea can lead to an array of heath conditions that can take a toll on your life. Another health condition that is connected to sleep apnea is acid reflux.
Have you ever felt a burning sensation in your chest that sometimes moves to your throat? Has it prevented you from getting a good night’s rest? By understanding the link between acid reflux (heart burn) and sleep apnea, you can take steps toward improved health care.
What is Acid Reflux?
Acid reflux is a chronic disease that occurs when stomach acid or bile flows into the food pipe and irritates the lining. If you experience acid reflux, or heartburn, more than twice a week, this might indicate GERD.
Symptoms of acid reflux include a burning sensation in the chest that usually occurs after eating and worsens while laying down. You can often find relief from heartburn with lifestyle changes or over-the-counter medications. Unfortunately, though, these options only provide temporary relief.
What is the Connection Between Sleep Apnea and Acid Reflux?
While there is no proof that sleep apnea causes acid reflux or persistent heartburn, it has been shown that people with sleep apnea do complain of acid reflux. As a result, sleep apnea treatment appears to improve acid reflux and vice versa.
The association with sleep apnea and acid reflux is relatively new, but we have been aware of it for some time now. Some of the connections between these two conditions include:
- Interrupted sleep
- Relaxation triggers
- CPAP side effects
Take the next step in improving your health by treating sleep apnea and acid reflux. In doing so, you can maintain a healthy, active lifestyle without complications.