Apple Cider Vinegar And A Good Night's Sleep
I am 59 years old and for the last 10-12 years I have had real problems sleeping. Up until about 4 years ago a big part of that problem was a very severe acid reflux condition that I suffered from. For decades I took pills and tablets and various kinds of liquids for this situation - all of these solutions bringing only temporary and limited relief. Finally, I just quite eating after 4pm, hoping that an empty stomach would bring me some relief in the middle of the night. Then I discovered the health benefits of apple cider vinegar. I began mixing a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar - my preferred brand is Bragg's - in 8 ounces of cold water and drinking it right before I go to bed. Since I began drinking this mixture over 4 years ago, my nighttime acid reflux and indigestion issues have totally ceased. I have not had one episode.
I recently decided to test my apple cider vinegar 'solution.' I've read in several sources that going to bed on an empty stomach does not necessarily produce the best night's sleep. Eating a snack right before you go to bed - if it's the right kind of snack - can soothe and calm the stomach and aide in giving the body rest. A bowl of cold cereal is an acceptable, suggested snack by many experts. Since I started drinking the apple cider vinegar/water solution - and since I have begun using a CPAP breathing machine (which I can use because I am not gagging all night now) - my quantity of sleep has jumped from the 2-3 hour-a-night level to the 5-6 hour-a-night range. Those extra hours of sleep are great but, to be honest, I'm greedy - I want as much sleep as I can get. So, two nights ago at a quater past nine, I did what would have been unthinkable 5 years ago: I poured a bowl full of cereal, splashed on some milk, and ate every last flake in the bowl. An hour later I drank my apple cider vinegar/water 'cocktail', went to bed, and about 6 hours later woke up feeling great.
6 hours of sleep is not 8 hours - and I don't know that cereal is always the answer( last night I only got 4 hours of sleep ) - but it was not because I was suffering from indigestion. This would not be possible without the relief from acid reflux and indigestion issues that the apple cider vinegar/water mixture has brought me.