Topic Risk Factors and Causes of Snoring and Sleep Apnea
Your stomach's mouth opens on the Airsnore upper left side just below your chest cavity. Sometimes the automatic shut off valve, the esophageal sphincter, in the esophagus doesn't shut off completely.
The esophageal sphincter could be weak or, while you are sleeping, the esophageal sphincter relaxes. If you sleep on your right side, the stomach can leak some of its hydrochloric acid into the esophagus. Thus, you experience heartburn or acid reflux. If you sleep on your left side, the stomach's acid is more likely to stay in the stomach and not leak into the esophagus. That makes sense.
What concerned me most about my acid reflux disease was the possibility of cancer. Years ago my wife was diagnosed with an esophageal hernia. The doctors were not sure of the cause, but their diagnosis was anything but encouraging. My mind immediately merged the two scenarios and I was scared that it could happen to me. Luckily, that was not the case.