Overeating and the holidays seem to go hand in hand. Each year, as part of GERD Awareness Week (Nov 22-28, 2015), the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders (IFFGD) offers tips for managing GERD symptoms over the holidays. These tips include eating earlier, eating smaller meals, avoiding deep fried turkey, limiting alcohol, and drinking water over soda.
In addition to these mostly meal-related tips, sleep positioning can also be an effective lifestyle modification that can effectively treat GERD and the unwanted effects of overeating. Two sleep positions – sleeping at an incline and sleeping on one’s left side – have been proven to be effective. A recent clinical study conducted by Cleveland Clinic combined these two positions, utilizing the MedCline™ positional therapy device, and found that the compounding benefits of sleeping at an incline and on one’s side resulted in a 72% reduction in nocturnal GERD symptoms scores.
Sleep positioning is an easy to implement lifestyle modification that can help ease the symptoms for those suffering with GERD and as an on-demand solution for those of us who have an extra helping or two over the holidays.