The body has a small muscle at the bottom of the esophagus that acts as a barrier keeping stomach acid from rising up into the esophagus. When this small flap-like muscle does not function correctly, the result is a condition called Acid Reflux, which if left untreated can cause esophagitis ( inflamed esophagus and ulcerated esophagus).
Gastroesophageal Reflux (also known as GERD or Acid Reflux) is characterized by burning chest pain. Another typical symptom is a sensation of food coming back into the mouth with a bitter, acidic taste. This disorder can also be accompanied by asthmatic breathing, coughing and hoarseness. Occasionally, Gastroesophageal Reflux can mimic the symptoms of a heart attack, and is often mistaken for one. This disorder can occur when and is caused by acid backed up into the esophagus during sleep.
The pain and discomfort of Acid Reflux can awaken a person from sleep and can even prevent a person from falling asleep. If you feel that you may be suffering from this disorder, contact a physician. If the Acid Reflux prevents sleep or even adequate sleep, you might consider making an appointment at an accredited sleep disorder clinic.