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Can Acid Reflux Cause Snoring?

author image Steve Silverman
Steve Silverman is an award-winning writer, covering sports since 1980. Silverman authored The Minnesota Vikings: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and Who's Better, Who's Best in Football -- The Top 60 Players of All-Time, among others, and placed in the Pro Football Writers of America awards three times. Silverman holds a Master of Science in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism.
Can Acid Reflux Cause Snoring?
A couple in bed with the man snoring and the woman covering her ears with a pillow. Photo Credit: Maridav/iStock/Getty Images

Snoring Problems and Acid Reflux

Most commonly associated with a burning sensation in the esophagus and throat, acid reflux is related to a difficulty in the digestion of certain foods. Even though an individual may not have eaten for several hours before going to sleep, acid reflux can impact sleep with a number of symptoms. A 2007 study said that 44 percent of those with acid reflux snore at night. Other nighttime problems associated with acid reflux include sinusitis, coughing and chest pain not associated with heart disease.

How It Happens

The backup of acid within the stomach and esophagus is the primary cause of acid reflux. It is assocated with a sour or bitter taste and that generally occurs within 30 to 60 minutes of eating. However, those who suffer symptoms after going to bed often get a backup of acid hours after eating. This is caused by being in the prone position, which allows acid and undigested food particles to back up through the airway. As a result, the backup of acid impairs breathing and causes snoring.

Dietary Change

One of the best way to stop acid reflux-induced snoring is to change the diet. Avoid heavy and spicy foods. Limit the intake of curry and other heavy spices, don't eat much fatty red meat and limit your intake of alcohol and chocolate. Also, make it a point not to eat in the last three hours before going to bed.

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