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GERD and other GI disorders may disrupt sleep

SEATTLE (October 21, 2002)--The results of two recent studies to be presented at the 67th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American College of Gastroenterology suggest that people with GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) and other gastrointestinal disorders are more likely than others to report excessive daytime sleepiness, insomnia, and poor sleep quality. More than 15 million Americans experience daily heartburn symptoms and may suffer from GERD.

Excessive Daytime Sleepiness Researchers at Pennsylvania State University (Hershey) conducted a large study using records from a random telephone survey of 16,583 adults. From this pool, 1,741 adults who reported having risk factors for sleep-related breathing disorders were selected for further study. After undergoing a physical examination and providing a detailed medical history, each subject spent a night in the sleep lab.

"Our study is different from most others in that we did not base the analyses on subjects who were recruited because they had specific gastrointestinal disorders. After removing this selection bias from the equation, we can be more confident when we report that there is a significant relationship between GERD and excessive daytime sleepiness and insomnia," said Geoffrey S. Raymer, M.D., of the Gastroenterology and Hepatology Department at Penn State. "We also found a connection between peptic ulcer disease and hiatal hernia and insomnia."

The 1,741 adults selected for this study also were the subject of a recent analysis of insomnia and physical and mental health problems. The results were published by the Penn State researchers in the July 2002 issue of the Journal of Psychosomatic Research 53(1):589-592.

Objective Measures of Sleep vs. Complaints William C. Orr, Ph.D., and Jennifer J. Thompson of the Lynn Health Science Institute in Oklahoma City compared data from 20 GERD patients with results from their database of hea
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Contact: Melissa Emick
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202-973-5892
American College of Gastroenterology
21-Oct-2002


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