I know many people out there suffer from conditions such as sleep apnea and acid reflux. Many people don’t know that the two actually go together and are associated with one another. I have had this combination for the past five years now and its something that worries me yet its something that’s completely treatable too. It defiantly will affect the way you sleep sometimes and how you lay in bed and its something I wish I could get rid of but it’s just never fully gone away. I’ve had some minor episodes with sleep apnea and acid reflux and at other times I’ve had some pretty scare episodes. For anyone that has either sleep apnea or acid reflux, there are things you can do to help reduce it.
For those who don’t know, sleep apnea is when your body will just quit breathing from anywhere from 10 seconds to even a minute and acid reflux is a type of disorder that allows acid to flow up into your throat and can even cause permanent damage to the esophagus. It has been known for years now that the two are associated with each other and by having one usually leads to the other. I was unaware of this until I finally did some research on it to determine just what it was I was having problems with at night. Typically is seems that people that have sleep apnea develop acid reflux even faster then those who do not. This is how it started for me. At first I had episodes where I would wake up gasping for air and then years later I finally developed acid flow once my attacks stopped.
Having sleep apnea period can be very scary. People have apnea know what I mean. Waking up in the middle of the night gasping for air and you have no clue what is happening. I’ve tried several times just to prepare myself if it happens so I can just relax so I don’t fight it too hard. Every time though it happens I can’t help it. Most times I have probably stopped breathing for at least a minute because when I wake up it feels like I’m going to break a lung just trying to get my breath back. The acid reflux part is just as bad. I’ve drunk two entire bottles of water to stop the burning but it really has no affect. The best thing to do in that situation is to try drinking milk.
There are several things you can do to help reduce the amount of issues with sleep apnea and acid reflux. The most important thing to do is see your doctor. He should prescribe you something like Prilosec OTC to help reduce the acid reflux. The important thing with that is kind of like I stated earlier. One will produce the other but if you remove one then the other will too. Basically if you get your acid reflux under control or diminished, the sleep apnea will tone down as well.
Other things you can do is add more fiber to your diet and also pineapple is said to help reduce acid reflux. I have tried this and it really has seemed to help out some. Other things I like to do is keep a bottle of water by my bed incase I have an attack during the night. Even if water doesn’t have any real effects on the acid reflux, it still helps out. Once major thing I should add is make sure to not sleep on your back. Every time I’ve fallen asleep on my back, I’ve had apnea attack.
Having sleep apnea and acid reflux obviously aren’t the worst things you can have in life and its even treatable. In my experience it’s more of an annoyance. It can be very scary too but try the best you can to relax because it’s harder to regain your breath when you’re gasping real hard. I say that like it’s easy but its not. Just imagine waking up and not being able to breath. It’s definitely something you never want to experience.