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Can my sleeping position affect GERD?

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Elevating the head of the bed on 6-inch blocks or sleeping on a specially designed wedge can ease heartburn by allowing gravity to minimize reflux . Don't use pillows to prop yourself up; that only increases pressure on the stomach.

SOURCES: 

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Heartburn, Gastroesophageal Reflux, and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)."

Pluta, R. Journal of the American Medical Association, May 18, 2011.

American College of Gastroenterology: "Understanding GERD." 

Reviewed by Hansa D. Bhargava on September 11, 2020

SOURCES: 

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: "Heartburn, Gastroesophageal Reflux, and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)."

Pluta, R. Journal of the American Medical Association, May 18, 2011.

American College of Gastroenterology: "Understanding GERD." 

Reviewed by Hansa D. Bhargava on September 11, 2020

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