Dr Oz did a segment on Silent Reflux, a condition that could be sabotaging your sleep. Doctor Oz said it often begins with a sore throat and you could have postnasal drip or a cough, but it is not a virus. Dr Oz’s Assistant-Of-The Day, Sandra from seat 87, actually brought her own purple gloves (which is a first in the history of the Dr Oz Show!). Sandra had never heard of Silent Reflux, the evil cousin of Acid Reflux and GERD, but I think that most people probably have not yet heard of it yet.
Dr Oz: Silent Reflux Chronic Symptoms
- Sore Throat
- A “Lump” in Your Throat
- A Need to Clear Your Throat
- Postnasal Drip
- Trouble Swallowing
- Persistent Cough
Doctor Oz said that if these symptoms last a month or longer, then you have to see a doctor to make sure there is not something burning your throat.
Dr Oz: What Causes Silent Reflux?
Dr Oz said that when you lay down to sleep, the acid in stomach slowly moves up your esophagus from gravity. Then as you take a deep breathe in, the acid sneaks into the back of your throat and can burn your tongue, throat and it can even cause teeth problems. The acid bathes your vocal chords in acid, which is why you might feel hoarseness when you wake-up. Usually, the acid is held in your stomach by a sphincter that has a kink in it, but if you have extra weight in your stomach for example, it call pull down on the sphincter and remove the kink.
Dr Oz: Silent Reflux Triggers
Dr Oz said that the following can trigger your Silent Reflux and make it worse:
- eating before bed (especially drinking alcoholic beverages)
- weight gain
The reason it is called Silent Reflux is because not everyone has sensitivity in their esophagus, so you have to wait for the acid to go all the way up and into your throat before you can notice it – that is why it is “silent.”
Dr Oz: How To Prevent Silent Reflux
Doctor Oz suggested the following three tips to help prevent Silent Reflux:
1. You can take a Proton Pump Inhibitor before you get out of bed in the morning and at least 30 minutes before you eat breakfast, but Dr Oz said he does not like people on these medications long term.
2. Elevate the head of your bed so that gravity will work in your favor to keep the acid down.
3. Don’t wear tight pajamas. Dr Oz even gave his Assistant-Of-The Day a super cute Dreaming of The Dr Oz Show Nightgown!