People who suffer from GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), commonly known as acid reflux, often suffer from snoring at night, and worse, experience chest pains not related to the heart but scary enough to be quite worrisome.
Acid reflux also causes coughing, sinusitis, sore throat and wheezing in addition to the snoring and chest pains.
Not a pleasant situation to be in, especially if the sufferer confuses the chest pain with heart problems, which could be a normal interpretation. After all, snoring caused by obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), or chronic snoring itself, can lead to heart problems, if not at least to hypertension and diabetes.
At any rate, losing sleep because of snoring problems, whatever the cause, can lead to overeating to compensate, and that can lead to weight gain, which can lead to hypertension, diabetes, artery problems and more.
So if your snoring and resulting daytime fatigue are caused by acid reflux or any other underlying factor, you need to take care of it pronto.
GERD, or acid reflux, doctors say, can be lessened and maybe even eliminated through wise eating habits, which also segue into the topic of good sleep hygiene.
Acid reflux specialists recommend eating smaller meals and not eating dinner too close to bedtime, perhaps as many as four or five hours earlier. (The Catch-22 here, as we reported in another blog post, is that sleep deprivation leads to binge eating at night to replace lost energy).
The problem with eating too close to bedtime is that it raises one’s acid levels, which is the culrit in GERD.
At any rate, regardless of the cause, if you snore at night and suffer daytime fatigue — and rly on compensatory binge eating as a result — you need to get help and get your underlying causes under control, whether that involves a simple snoring procedure or a change in diet — or both.
If you’re fatigued in the daytime because of sleeping/snoring problems, seek professional help today. You’ll be glad you did, and so will your body.