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ddub44 Community Member December 17, 2007
  • Is it possible that sleeping on one's left side helps with acid reflux because of the shape of the stomach?
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  • Vicki M
    Health Guide
    Dec. 18, 2007

    Hi ddub44,

     

    I read a posting on this site that suggests sleeping on the right side is bad for sufferers of Acid Reflux. I am not sure why, but it makes sense that if you are flat on your back, the acids in your stomach find it easier to make their way up your esophagus. Best to ask your doctor for sure. Here is a link to one of the posts that suggests sleeping...

    RHMLucky777

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    Hi ddub44,

     

    I read a posting on this site that suggests sleeping on the right side is bad for sufferers of Acid Reflux. I am not sure why, but it makes sense that if you are flat on your back, the acids in your stomach find it easier to make their way up your esophagus. Best to ask your doctor for sure. Here is a link to one of the posts that suggests sleeping on the left is better.

     

    You might also try reading the posts about kids with GERD. Sometimes you can apply the same principles to adults. There is a lot of information here. Tracy Davenport is one of the resident experts and she has some good information in this posting.

     

    Good luck and let us know how you are doing!!

    Vicki M

    • ddub44
      Dec. 18, 2007
      Thanks for the response.  If you look at the shape of the stomachit's kind of offset.  The esphogous comes down and after it gets to the stomach, the stomach extends to the left and the esophogous is on the top, toward the ceiling.  If you lie on that side then all the stuff in your stomach doesn't have access to the esophogous. ...
      RHMLucky777
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      Thanks for the response.  If you look at the shape of the stomachit's kind of offset.  The esphogous comes down and after it gets to the stomach, the stomach extends to the left and the esophogous is on the top, toward the ceiling.  If you lie on that side then all the stuff in your stomach doesn't have access to the esophogous.  If you lie on your right side then the esophogous is at the bottom, toward the bed and the stuff in your stomach can leak into it.  I think on you rback the same is true.  THe stuff in your stomach has easy access to the esophogous.
  • ladyisis
    Jan. 11, 2008

    Hello,

     

    I saw your post and wanted to share this information that I got from http://www.about.com/

     

    It states:

     

    "A study conducted by the Graduate Hospital in Philadelphia found that sleeping on you left side is the best way to avoid nighttime heartburn. Sleeping on your right side may increase your heartburn symptoms because the acid takes...

    RHMLucky777

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    Hello,

     

    I saw your post and wanted to share this information that I got from http://www.about.com/

     

    It states:

     

    "A study conducted by the Graduate Hospital in Philadelphia found that sleeping on you left side is the best way to avoid nighttime heartburn. Sleeping on your right side may increase your heartburn symptoms because the acid takes longer to clear out of your esophagus when you lay on your right side. While sleeping on your back can allow acid to slip back into your esophagus more often, sleeping with your head elevated, such as on a wedge pillow, will allow gravity to keep the acid in your stomach."

     

    Hope this helps because it seems that the best way to sleep is on your left side.

     

    Susan

    • ellinbellin
      Feb. 04, 2011

      I find if I sleep on my right side it is better for me. When I turn on to my left side, My mouth becomes filled with mucus. Does anyone else find this?

  • Anonymous
    Goldie
    Jan. 05, 2008

    Upon me coming here,during my many sleepless nights, I have found...( in my fear lonliness and desparation to get sleep, that i always felt better on my left side...I didnt even consider i had this problem, until i went to an ENT b/c of sore throat, funny feeling when swallowing etc.this DR. wants  me to be checked for gerd...Here I was thinking throat...

    RHMLucky777

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    Upon me coming here,during my many sleepless nights, I have found...( in my fear lonliness and desparation to get sleep, that i always felt better on my left side...I didnt even consider i had this problem, until i went to an ENT b/c of sore throat, funny feeling when swallowing etc.this DR. wants  me to be checked for gerd...Here I was thinking throat cancer, and heart problem...I am hoping since i got to sleep finally on my left side that maybe I do have this and its not cancer...I have a horrible pain in middle of upper back going through to chest...Does this come with acid reflux? Thanks much!

    Goldie

    • Anonymous
      cindy
      Jan. 12, 2008

      upper/mid back pain going through the chest is not uncommon.

       

      Read this page

      http://www.shokos.com/ExcessStomachAcid-AcidReflux.htm

    • Vicki M
      Health Guide
      Feb. 04, 2008

      Hi Cindy,

       

      you are correct. Chest pain and pain in between the shoulder blades can be a symptom of GERD. Usually only in the worst cases. There is a study located here as reported by Scout News that many people do not associate this pain with GERD and do not get treated until it gets really bad.

      A research study done at Brigham and Women's Hospital...

      RHMLucky777

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      Hi Cindy,

       

      you are correct. Chest pain and pain in between the shoulder blades can be a symptom of GERD. Usually only in the worst cases. There is a study located here as reported by Scout News that many people do not associate this pain with GERD and do not get treated until it gets really bad.

      A research study done at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston "measured pH levels in the esophagus of 31 emergency department patients who complained of serious chest pain. Abnormal reflux of acid into the esophagus that would fit the diagnosis of GERD was found in 57 percent of the patients."  

       

      If you are unsure of your symptoms and what they mean, you can always go to the symptoms database located here.  

       

      Hope this helps!

      Vicki M

  • Emily
    Dec. 22, 2007
    My doctor told me it was better to sleep on my left side as it would decrease acid reflux during the night. The reason he stated was basically the same as what you are saying.