Sleep Apnea and GERD

Sleep Apnea

Sleep disturbance is common in individuals with GERD. Patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) have GERD symptoms significantly higher than the general population. Studies have indicated that the severity of GERD symptoms is correlated positively to the severity of OSA. One study showed that treatment with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) in individuals with GERD and OSA reduced supine esophageal-acid contact time to within normal levels in 81% of the study patients. In addition, researchers have shown that treatment of GERD in patients who have OSA decreases the number of arousals during sleep.( Demeter P, et al , 2005)