Sleep Separately When Suffering from Acid Reflux

Tracy Davenport, Ph.D. Health Guide
  • If you're feeling sleep deprived as a result of living with someone with acid reflux disease, sometimes you need to be creative to get the sleep you need. This is especially true if you are interested in being a good partner or parent.


    According to the National Sleep Foundation, twenty three percent of married couples have already come to this same conclusion - sometimes they have to sleep solo in order to get the rest they need.


    It's no secret that many with acid reflux are more symptomatic at night. If you are living with an adult with acid reflux this can translate into living with someone who snores, or has sleep apnea, or who wanders the halls at all hours of the night. If your child has acid reflux, this may mean your child is up multiple times each night, and may need to be comforted in order to return to sleep.

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    Family scholar Stephanie Coontz was recently quoted by CNN as saying, "In the early 20th century, there was this idea that when you were married, you shouldn't have a separate existence, but in the last 30 years, we've come up with something absolutely revolutionary that says there's more than one way to do marriage."


    In our house we have finally figured out that I can be a better wife and mother if I am completely rested. My husband and I both understand that living with a child with acid reflux disease means we have to be flexible and do whatever it takes to get the rest we need. We both believe that being apart now and again may mean keeping our family together over the long run.


    For more information on coping with acid reflux check out these great resources!

    Treating Acid Reflux

    A Parent's Guide to GERD

Published On: September 17, 2008