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Treating sleep apnea may help control acid reflux

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  • CPAP
  • Sleep apnea

Amy Pyle  |  Oct 05, 2016
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If you have trouble sleeping due to acid reflux and heartburn, a new study provides insight that may help you sleep better. It suggests that treating sleep apnea may reduce your acid reflux.

The study involved 79 veterans with obstructive sleep apnea. About 78 percent of them had symptoms of acid reflux at the start of the study. Each veteran was treated for sleep apnea with CPAP therapy.

Results show that acid reflux improved in those who used CPAP therapy on a regular basis.

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine reports that CPAP therapy is an effective treatment option for sleep apnea. It keeps the airway open by providing a stream of air through a mask that you wear while you sleep.

Common symptoms of sleep apnea include:
  • Loud or frequent snoring
  • Silent pauses in breathing
  • Choking or gasping sounds
  • Daytime sleepiness or fatigue
Many people who have sleep apnea also report having symptoms of acid reflux. Do you have sleep apnea? Take the sleep apnea self-test to assess you risk.

Pledge to Stop the Snore and talk to a doctor about your risk for sleep apnea.

Learn more about the study in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine:  Effect of CPAP Therapy on Symptoms of Nocturnal Gastroesophageal Reflux among Patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea.


  1. 1 Philip Grossman 22 Mar
    The web-site discussed reduced acid reflex when using a cpap.  What is the likely hood of the Inspire sleep apnea system preventing acid reflex?  
  2. 2 Ron 15 Feb
    First night using bipap brought on severe problems burping acid from stomach. Stomach was obviously full of air. After 2 hours of struggle I rushed to vomit and vomited air crating an extremely huge burp. I quit for the night. It''s been a week and I keep trying to use the mask. Every night I sit up once or twice and have to try to burp. Belly is full of air. It''s been a week now and I thought maybe I needed to get used to it. Not doing well!
  3. 3 Michelle 09 Nov
    i started using CPAP a month ago and my Acid Reflux has almost completely disappeared! I was also able to stop taking Nexium.
  4. 4 Bonnie 23 Oct
    I have had sleep apnea for a while now and I have had acid reflex most of my life after I had kids. I must say when I wear my CPAP I never wake up sick I still have a little bit of heartburn sometimes when I wake up but nothing like it is without my CPAP on