Acid Reflux Induced Insomnia

Acid reflux is a very common health problem that at one time or another can affect as many as half of all American's.

Between your esophagus and the entrance to your stomach is a ring of muscle that acts as a valve to separate the two. This valve is called the lower esophageal sphincter (LES). Its job is to open to let food and liquids pass through after being swallowed and then to close creating a sealed barrier between the two meant to keep the contents of the stomach from moving back up. If your LES doesn't close all the way or malfunctions by relaxing inappropriately it allows the contents of your stomach to travel back into the esophagus.

The acids in your stomach once allowed to move upward will present themselves in the form of heartburn or regurgitation causing burning sensation in your throat or mouth. Heartburn is a burning pain or discomfort in the chest that can vary in severity. In some cases, the pain can become so intense that it is mistaken for a heart attack.

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