How Nighttime Reflux Causes Daytime Symptoms
Throughout the day, you might wonder why your throat hurts, why you’re coughing, or why you have a hoarse voice. You may even have difficulty swallowing or experience postnasal drip.
People are often surprised to learn that these daytime symptoms are actually a result of reflux events that take place while they sleep.
Nighttime reflux events are common, though many don’t realize they’re happening.
Your body has several natural defenses for reflux that are significantly compromised during the night.
- While laying down, stomach contents can easily move from your stomach, through your esophagus, and into your throat and lungs. Gravity otherwise helps prevent this during the day when upright.
- The valves at the top and bottom of the esophagus intended to stop regurgitation relax and are often ineffective while you sleep.
- Saliva helps neutralize acid, however swallowing impulses also relax during sleep, further weakening your body’s safeguards.
Wearing the Reflux Band at night helps protect your throat and lungs from acid reflux while you sleep. So, by wearing Reflux Band at night you can have fewer symptoms during the day!
Bonus! – You may also notice the benefits of improved sleep, as many with nighttime reflux aren’t even aware that reflux disrupted their sleep until they experience the benefits of better rest.
Silent Reflux Is LPR
Silent reflux is also known as LPR (Laryngopharyngeal Reflux).
Both terms describe when stomach contents routinely make their way past the esophagus and into and beyond the throat. This is why the symptoms include everything from to throat burning to post nasal drip.
Acid and other damaging digestive enzymes such as pepsin simply don’t belong in our throat and airways and can do serious damage when there.
Silent reflux or LPR may not feel so silent to those who know it as a debilitating, raspy whisper or a disruptive, barking cough.
The Symptoms of LPR or Silent Reflux
The symptoms of LPR or silent reflux include…
- Constant cough or throat clearing
- Postnasal drip
- Hoarse voice
- Nighttime regurgitation
- Feeling of throat burning
- Sore throat and difficulty swallowing
- Sleep disruption
Sleep disruption is a major problem for many who have silent reflux.
Although regurgitation often wakes refluxers up throughout the night, often they don’t even know why they awoke.
For others, symptoms can become more distressing, feeling like they’re choking and cannot breathe due to laryngospasm, a spasm of the vocal cords. This is the body’s reflex attempt to stop acid from entering the airway.
A hoarse voice and vocal straining can impact sufferers’ ability to do their jobs and communicate with friends and family.
And since when has postnasal drip been any fun!
The feeling of throat burn may come and go. It is painful and distracting. Our throats should not burn; this is a sign that something is wrong.
Get A Diagnosis
LPR needs to be taken seriously to prevent long-term damage to the throat and voice, and reduce cancer risks.
Silent reflux can be difficult for doctors to diagnose because the symptoms for silent reflux can easily be associated with a variety of other conditions such as allergies, sinusitis or bronchitis.
Sleep problems impact our ability to function daily and enjoy life. Getting a diagnosis that can lead to effective treatment of LPR is essential to improving your quality of life.
If you have a respiratory condition like apnea, bronchitis, asthma, or a chronic cough that is not resolved by medical treatment, it is reasonable to suspect silent reflux.
When LPR is treated effectively, sufferers can get more out of life. It may take persistence to get an accurate diagnosis and treatment, but worth the effort.
The quick questionnaire below can help you determine if your symptoms indicate that you may have silent reflux. Talk to your doctor about your results, your concerns and treatment options.
Do You Have Silent Reflux (LPR)?
This quick and simple questionnaire will help to indicate if your problem is silent reflux: Reflux Symptom Indicator (RSI) .
If you score over 13, you likely have LPR or silent reflux.