If you are one of the millions of people who suffer from acid reflux, you know the importance of finding good treatment. One of the most common and frustrating symptoms is choking while sleeping. This can be extremely dangerous and may even cause you to momentarily experience a feeling of terror. When a severe attack happens, it can last for days. Fortunately, the under mattress wedge called Reflux Guard™ can help reduce the risk of choking due to acid reflux while sleeping. In this blog post, our team at Reflux Guard™ is here to discuss the causes, symptoms, and treatments for choking while sleeping due to acid reflux. Learn more and get your Reflux Guard™ today!
What Is Acid Reflux?
Acid reflux, also known as GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) is a digestive disorder that affects the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), which is the muscle between the stomach and esophagus. The LES is responsible for keeping stomach acid out of the esophagus, but when it doesn’t work properly, acid reflux can occur.
Symptoms of Choking While Sleeping Due to Acid Reflux
Choking while sleeping due to acid reflux is a scary experience, and the symptoms can range from mild to severe. Some of the most common symptoms include:
- Racing heart or severely increased heart rate
- Difficulty breathing or a burning sensation in your chest
- Panic-style coughing or gasping or painful breathing
- Horrible taste in your throat, the feeling of stomach contents “rising” into the throat, or swollen areas in the back of the throat
- Feeling of “volcanic-type” rising burning, acidic, and/or hot pain shooting up through the throat.
- And more
Our creator and founder, Tommy Stern, has struggled with acid reflux for years. He found himself waking up in the middle of the night choking and gasping for air. The experience was so frightening that he felt like he was going to die. He struggled so much that he would stay up for four to five hours when the attacks would hit and was left with a painful burning sensation for days.
After visiting his doctor and being diagnosed with GERD and a hiatal hernia, Tommy’s doctor recommended he cut back on certain foods and provided him with other tips to reduce attacks. While he noticed some improvement, it wasn’t enough. That’s when he decided to take matters into his own hands and create the Reflux Guard™ Under Mattress Wedge. After working with his brother, an engineer, Tommy designed the first Reflux Guard™ Under Mattress Wedge for himself but soon realized he wanted to share his invention with the world to help others.
How Reflux Guard Can Help
If you’ve experienced the symptoms of choking while sleeping due to acid reflux, under mattress wedges like Reflux Guard™ can be a game-changer for your sleep. Reflux Guard™ is designed to reduce the risk of acid reflux and its associated symptoms by gently elevating the head of your mattress so that gravity helps keep stomach acid in place. It also promotes better breathing and can be purchased with a cover for added protection.
Choking while sleeping due to acid reflux can be frightening and debilitating. Fortunately, acid reflux treatments such as the Reflux Guard™ can help reduce the risk of choking due to acid reflux while sleeping. With its gentle mattress elevation, mattress cover protection, and other features, Reflux Guard™ is an ideal solution for those who want to get a better night’s sleep and reduce the risk of acid reflux. Get your Reflux Guard™ mattress wedge today and start sleeping better!