Trouble sleeping doesn't seem like reason for concern. After all, half of Americans struggle with insomnia at least a couple of nights each week. It may simply be caused by heartburn and acid regurgitation.
No Signs Doesn't Mean No Disease
If you have a health problem but no symptoms, you may not even know that you are sick. Some people with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), or acid reflux disease, have this problem.
Heartburn Isn't a Cancer Sentence
Over time, heartburn can wear down the lining of your esophagus. This can put you at risk for cancer. But is the risk really that high?
Cleaning Out Barrett's Esophagus
Heartburn can badly damage the lining of your esophagus (the tube that carries food from the throat to the stomach). This damage can raise your risk for cancer. Now, researchers say there is a safe way to fix this damage.
Your Heart's Not Really Burning
"I got heartburn during my second pregnancy," Marcy tells dailyRx.com. "It felt like fire in my throat. My doctor told me that the baby was pushing up on my stomach." Some years later, Marcy said it returned. "I quit smoking in 2006 and gained a lot of weight, and it kicked in for real - like every night or when I lay down - here it came. In the middle of the night, this vile bitter vomit would come up, wake me up and go into my nose. It was awful." What she's talking about is a serious form of heartburn.
Getting Ahead of Heartburn
Heartburn can damage a person's esophagus. In some people, the damage can be so bad that it leads to cancer. Experts have put out new guidelines for treating the damage caused by heartburn and lowering the risk of cancer.