Sleep Apnea and Acid Reflux

The Connection Between Acid Reflux and Sleep Apnea

Understanding the Relationship

The relationship between acid reflux (GERD) and sleep apnea is complex and multifaceted. Studies have shown that individuals with sleep apnea are more likely to experience acid reflux symptoms, and vice versa.

During episodes of sleep apnea, the upper airway becomes blocked, leading to pauses in breathing and drops in blood oxygen levels. These interruptions in breathing can trigger changes in intra-abdominal pressure, causing stomach acid to reflux into the esophagus and throat.

Conversely, acid reflux can exacerbate sleep apnea symptoms by causing discomfort and irritation in the throat, leading to frequent awakenings and disrupted sleep patterns.

Seeking Treatment for Acid Reflux and Sleep Apnea
If you are experiencing symptoms of both acid reflux and sleep apnea, seeking treatment is essential. Contact Sleep Houston today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Schleicher and take the first step toward better sleep and improved overall health.

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