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What’s the best way to sleep if you have acid reflux?
Feb. 23, 2023

If you have acid reflux, also known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), it's important to avoid sleeping in positions that can worsen your symptoms. Here are some tips on the best way to sleep if you have acid reflux:

  1. Sleep on your left side: Sleeping on your left side can help alleviate acid reflux symptoms by keeping the stomach contents away from the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), which is the muscle that separates the esophagus from the stomach.
  2. Use a wedge pillow: A wedge pillow can help elevate your upper body, which can help keep the stomach contents from flowing back into the esophagus. (The best way to elevate your upper body is with an adjustable moving bedAdjustable moving bed Mississauga
  3. Avoid sleeping on your back or stomach: Sleeping on your back or stomach can put pressure on the LES, causing the stomach contents to flow back into the esophagus and worsen acid reflux symptoms.
  4. Wait at least 2-3 hours after eating: It's recommended to wait at least 2-3 hours after eating before lying down to sleep, as lying down too soon after eating can worsen acid reflux symptoms.
  5. Avoid eating large meals before bedtime: Eating large meals before bedtime can increase the likelihood of acid reflux symptoms, as the stomach will produce more acid to digest the food.

It's important to consult with a healthcare professional for an accurate diagnosis and to determine the best course of treatment for your specific condition.