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Sleeping position matters in patients with GERD


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American Journal of Gastroenterology
Reuters Health - 30/12/2021 - The position in which a person with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) sleeps appears to have an impact on the occurrence of reflux symptoms during the night, according to a small study that suggests lying on the left side is best. "Findings of this study suggest that when time spent in the right lateral and supine sleep positions can be reduced or avoided entirely, patients will have a substantially lower acid exposure time, which may result in less esophageal damage and fewer nocturnal reflux symptoms," the study team writes in the American Journal of Gastroenterology. "This is not common knowledge among doctors. We hope that this study changes this," first author Dr. Jeroen Schuitenmaker with Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, University Medical Centers Amsterdam, the Netherlands, told Reuters Health by email. "Lifestyle modifications, such as raising the head-end of the bed and avoiding eating and/or drinking ...


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