Who doesn’t like to a good cat nap in the middle of the day? GERD sufferers, perhaps. A study published in the Clinical Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology  found that acid reflux during naps tends to be worse than when sleeping during the night. The study found three strikes against naps for GERD sufferers.
Strike #1: The number of reflux episodes is significantly higher during naps vs sleeping at night.
Strike #2: The duration of reflux episodes is higher during naps.
Strike #3: Acid lingers in esophagus longer during naps.
Some researchers attribute the severity of acid reflux during naps to the fact that most reflux episodes tend to occur during the 1 st half of the night . Since naps are shorter, the number of reflux episodes, duration of reflux episodes, and acid exposure seem to be “front loaded” making napping difficult.
Naps are a great way to recharge and give your health a boost. In fact, a nap of 30 minutes or less promotes “wakefulness and enhances performance and learning ability” . So don’t give them up just yet!
Tips for better naps:
- Eat a lighter meal before your nap. Be sure to give food time ample time to digest.
- Wear loose clothes so you don’t constrict your mid-section.
- Nap with a MedCline Reflux Relief System! MedCline will keep you in the ideal inclined + side sleeping position so you can enjoy the many health benefits of napping with 100% natural acid reflux relief. And, you will sleep better during the night too.
 Nasrollah, Laya et al. Naps Are Associated More Commonly with Gastroesophageal Reflux, Compared with Nocturnal Sleep. Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, 2014. Volume 13, Issue 1, 94 – 99.
 Hila A, et al. J Clin Gastroenterol 2005;39:579–583. Nighttime reflux is primarily an early event.
 Dhand R, Sohal H. Good sleep, bad sleep! The role of daytime naps in healthy adults. Curr Opin Pulm Med 2006;12:379–82.)