You’re probably not aware of it, but if you suffer from acid reflux, you probably also have sleep apnea.
According to a new study in ERJ Open Research, by addressing your sleep apnea in the right way, you can also eliminate your acid reflux.
Fortunately, this is not hard to do.
Scientists at Landspitali, the National University Hospital of Iceland in Reykjavík, analyzed data from the Icelandic Sleep Apnea Cohort, including 822 patients diagnosed with moderate to severe sleep apnea.
The scientists observed the effects of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) treatment on nocturnal acid reflux and various respiratory symptoms among these patients.
CPAP machines function by blowing air through a face mask during the night, preventing the airway from collapsing. Although CPAP is primarily prescribed for sleep apnea to enhance nighttime breathing and sleep quality, the researchers thought that it could have added benefits.
Before they started their CPAP treatment, patients underwent an overnight sleep study and completed detailed questionnaires, which included queries about nighttime heartburn or belching.
Two years after the beginning of their CPAP treatment, the patients were reassessed, and data were retrieved from their CPAP machines to ascertain the frequency of their use.
The results were enlightening.
1. Regular CPAP users had approximately 42% fewer episodes of nighttime heartburn than infrequent or non-users.
2. The decrease in reflux among consistent CPAP users resulted in a risk reduction of over four times in morning cough and chronic bronchitis.
3. Regular CPAP users also experienced less wheezing, an effect attributed directly to the treatment and not the decrease in nocturnal reflux.
This study shows that the symptoms of sleep apnea extend beyond disrupted sleep and fatigue.
The scientists speculated that because CPAP treatment ensures that the upper airway remains open during sleep, the valve separating the stomach and esophagus probably remains closed, preventing stomach acid from flowing upward.
The only problem with CPAP is that most people stop using it or take it off during the night, making it useless.
A much better approach is to use simple throat exercises that keep your breathing passages open day and night. They take as little as three minutes, and you’ll feel the difference tonight. Try the simple throat exercises explained here…
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