Does LES relax more at night?

New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
[ << Previous Thread | Next Thread >> ]

Regular Member

Date Joined Nov 2011
Total Posts : 148
   Posted 2/11/2012 3:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Same foods/drinks at night give more acid reflux than they do during the day....does it mean that LES relaxes more at night because body is more relaxed?

Veteran Member

Date Joined Jul 2011
Total Posts : 656
   Posted 2/11/2012 3:52 AM (GMT -6)   
To me it's a definite possibility. I always have my worst reflux at night.

Veteran Member

Date Joined Sep 2011
Total Posts : 620
   Posted 2/11/2012 6:19 AM (GMT -6)   

I believe if you typical heartburn and regurgitation type symptoms, your LES has low pressure and bending down and lying down which is common at night tends aggrivate GERD symptoms. Those with LPR pretty much have them all day regardless if its day or night.

Elite Member

Date Joined Apr 2007
Total Posts : 32602
   Posted 2/11/2012 10:41 AM (GMT -6)   
The LES, to the best of my knowledge, does not function with the same capacity during sleep.  Hence, for those who eat or drink anything but water a few hours before bed or lying down; the LES will not be able to work at its best, increasing the risk of acid reflux.
This is why people are adviced not to eat 3 hours before bedtime.
Moderator: Anxiety, Osteoarthritis,
GERD/Heartburn and Heart/Cardiovascular Disease.

"only as high as I reach can I grow, only as far as I seek can I go, only as deep as I look can I see, only as much as I dream can I be"

Regular Member

Date Joined Oct 2009
Total Posts : 175
   Posted 2/11/2012 1:18 PM (GMT -6)   
I think I read a study on this once and they found that for a normal functioning LES, the pressure increases when you are lying down sleeping, which prevents reflux when lying down.

But for a non-functioning or weakened LES, I think this effect is overshadowed, since lying down lets the stomach contents press up against the weak LES and acid can get out. So those foods would create acid during the day or at night, it's just that you feel the effect more when laying down.
New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
Forum Information
Currently it is Thursday, September 20, 2018 4:05 AM (GMT -6)
There are a total of 3,005,016 posts in 329,203 threads.
View Active Threads

Who's Online
This forum has 161762 registered members. Please welcome our newest member, fdgdfhdff88.
238 Guest(s), 1 Registered Member(s) are currently online.  Details