Popular sleeping drug Ambien can keep people from waking up during episodes of nocturnal acid reflux, according to Reuters.
Researchers found acid reflux woke people 89 percent of the time when no sleeping drugs were administered. However, when Ambien was used, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) woke people only 40 percent of the time.
The Reuters story notes that nocturnal acid reflux is the top cause of Barrett’s esophagus, blamed for esophageal cancer. The study was published in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology.
Good alternative sleep aids include valerian root and passionflower extract. Also, people suffering from acid reflux might benefit from licorice root (DGL), marshmallow root and digestive enzymes.