The Importance of Sleep

There is a great deal of medical research indicating that 7 to 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep repairs cells and builds the body to fight infections and reduce the risk of diseases such as heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure and Type II diabetes.

On the other hand, unhealthy sleep is defined as hours of interrupted or fragmented sleep. This damages cells in the body and brain and increases the risk of heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure and Type II diabetes. It may also be the reason for memory problems, hyperactivity, daytime sleepiness and accidents of all kinds.

Other health issues commonly associated with sleep disorders include:

  • Sleep Disorders and GERD
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, or GERD, more commonly known as heartburn, can significantly impact sleep. Symptoms are often worse at night because they cause the delay of sleep onset. Once asleep, acid reflux into the esophagus can cause sleep fragmentation. Because of this, people with GERD often complain of excessive daytime sleepiness.
  • Sleep positions affect GERD sufferers, because during wakefulness gravity helps keep the acids in the stomach. But when lying down, the acids may leak back into the esophagus.

6 Ways to Prevent GERD

  • There are a number of ways people can treat or prevent GERD. There are lifestyle and dietary changes, as well as medications that can help. Here are some tips:
    Avoid acidic foods (tomato products, grapefruit, etc.).
  • Avoid high fat foods.
  • Maintain a regular eating schedule.
  • Sleep with an extra pillow under your head to elevate the body.
  • Sleep with your CPAP if you have been diagnosed with Sleep Apnea.
  • Over the counter antacid medication can help.

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