These kinds of episodes are quite frightening. When this happened to me, I would violently be awoken and have trouble breathing. Breathing became painful, sometimes for days, and it’s quite possible some content went into the mouth and lungs. Many times my heart started to race and I got sweaty.
When the above happened, the acid and stomach content can cause Acid Reflux-induced asthma. When acid goes in your mouth, it splashes on your teeth and can cause damage to them. The worst thing you could do for your teeth is to brush them right away. My dentist told me that he could see the signs of Acid Reflux on his patient’s teeth. He also told me to rinse my mouth and wait a while, rinse again and then brush – the same goes for acidic foods.
The things you could do before going to bed:
It’s all about the lifestyle changes. These changes range from losing weight to dietary habits and staying away from offending foods such as acidic, spicy and fatty foods, caffeine, chocolate, carbonated drinks, etc. – these are the hard thing to do because it takes planning and discipline, but what is most important, don’t eat two to four hours before bed. Laying Down After Eating Invites Heartburn.
Getting checked for sleep apnea – snoring on its own can pull acid and stomach content right out of the stomach according to the book titled “Sleep Interrupted” by Dr. Steven Park a John Hopkins educated ENT.
Reasons why these lifestyle changes help:
Many of these foods relax the sphincter muscles or add gas to your stomach increasing upward pressure and/or, therefore, requiring less pressure for acid and Stomach content to get into the esophagus.
Also, The less undigested food, the less upward pressure and less to come out of the stomach.
Not only can snoring lift acid and stomach content out of the stomach using a CPAP machine adds downward pressure and, therefore, less likely for someone to Reflux.
The things you could do when sleeping:
See full article How To Stop Acid Reflux At Night Choking While Sleeping. here is the conclusion
1. Start off sleeping on the left-hand side.
2. Lifting the head of the bed.
Not to brag, okay I will, a Reflux Guard is a great simple way to raise the entire sleeping surface by lifting the Mattress.
The Reasons why the above sleeping suggestions work.
1. The angle of the esophagus and position of the stomach in the left position is less likely to cause Reflux.
2. Lifting the head of the bed utilizes gravity all night long, which reduces upward pressure.