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How can gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) cause sleep problems?

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Normally, a muscular valve between the esophagus and the gastric system prevents stomach acids from backing up into the esophagus. In GERD, this valve does not work properly. The stomach acids "reflux" or back up into the esophagus. This causes irritation and inflammation, and it can interfere with the sleep cycle.

From: Common Sleep Disorders in Teens WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: 

Carskadon M, Rechtshaffen A. in WB Saunders, 1989.  Principles and Practice of Sleep Medicine.

Lewy A, Wehr T, Goodwin F, et al, 1980.  Science,

Walters A, Hickey K, Maltzman J, et al. 1996;  Neurology

National Sleep Foundation.

Hysing, M. , Feb. 2, 2015. BMJ Open

 

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 11, 2019

SOURCES: 

Carskadon M, Rechtshaffen A. in WB Saunders, 1989.  Principles and Practice of Sleep Medicine.

Lewy A, Wehr T, Goodwin F, et al, 1980.  Science,

Walters A, Hickey K, Maltzman J, et al. 1996;  Neurology

National Sleep Foundation.

Hysing, M. , Feb. 2, 2015. BMJ Open

 

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 11, 2019

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