Practical Solutions On How To Stop Acid Reflux At Night
Why are nighttime symptoms important to address?
Let’s start with the most sobering fact. According to the video, nighttime refluxers are 11 times more likely to get esophageal cancer.
Let’s look at what happens during nighttime reflux. At night the refluxer is laying down without the aid of gravity. More frightening, when sleeping, if there aren’t violent bouts of reflux but only slight leakage, acid and stomach content can puddle in the esophagus. All the while burning the esophagus all night. The refluxer doesn’t feel it and therefore not know about the damage. When symptoms do present themselves they are baffled and think something minor is going on.
It is even possible that someone is surprised at the diagnosis of cancer or Barrett Esophagus because there was no pain and maybe only minor symptoms. Recently this happened to my friend’s wife who is now undergoing Chemotherapy.
What can you do about it?
There are a host of things from staying away from certain foods, such as fatty foods, spicy foods, chocolate, alcohol, etc. There are certain lifestyle changes such as not laying down to close to bed time, losing weight, stop smoking, raising the head of the bed.
Personally I think raising the head of the bed is a big one. I noticed every single medication label I read recommended lifting the head of the bed.
I’m going to share my personal story on how lifting the head of the bed helped me. Over 20 years ago I woke up coughing and did not attribute the cough to Acid Reflux. It happened periodically till the episodes got closer together. Eventually it got so bad I called my brother an Internist who sent me to my Gastroenterologist.
I met with my doctor who gave me all the above instructions which was completely overwhelming and a prescription for medication. I lost a little weight and still had Reflux but it wasn’t as painful and a little less often, yet I still suffered. I went for an endoscopy (where the doctor looks into the esophagus) for this chronic regurgitation. I was told you have reflux and showed me the pictures of my damaged esophagus. wherever he touched it it bled. Eventually it got so bad I did something that I was avoiding because of difficulty and not knowing how important it was; that was lifting the head of the bed. I made a crude version of a Reflux Guard and it was a game changer.
Why I decided to redesign the crude version of Reflux Guard?
I realized so many people were suffering I need to make a difference. I’m all about making people’s lives better. In 1989 I invented a retractable syringe Patent number 4,900,311 (http://www.google.com/patents/US4900311) which eventually President Clinton in 2000 signed a law requiring health care facilities to use safer syringes.
I’m very passionate about Reflux Guard because of the many people we have helped. I keep Mrs. Goldberg’s letter on office wall to remind me of what a difference we make, which can be seen in our testimonial section.
Now why I believe lifting the head of the might be 1 of the top 3 things Acid Reflux sufferer needs?
In my life it was a game changer on so many levels. Thinking about how Acid and stomach content pool in the esophagus can cause havoc and the sufferer not understanding what is happening. The beauty of lifting the head of the bed is gravity is always at work. The beauty of a Reflux Guard, it is easy and simple to implement.
Bed Wedges To Prevent Acid Reflux While Sleeping At Night:
|Size||Width||Regular Price||Limited Time Offer||Savings|
|TWIN||38in||$299||$169||Order Now »||$130.00|
|DOUBLE||54in||$419||$179||Order Now »||$240.00|
|QUEEN||60in||$469||$199||Order Now »||$270.00|
|KING||76in||$598||$249||Order Now »||$349.00|
Dimensions For The Reflux Guard Bed Wedges:
Single: 38″ Wide; 6″ high, 60″ Long*
Double: 54″ Wide; 6″ high, 60″ Long*
Queen: 60″ Wide; 6″ high, 60″ Long*
King: 76″ Wide (in 2 pieces 38″ wide each); 6″ high, 60″ Long*
*NOTE: The 60″ length provides additional stability to help the mattress from sliding off.