Heartburn At Night

Slideshow: Tips to Stop Heartburn at Night

There may be a lot to laugh about on late night television but when it comes to acid reflux and late night heartburn it is no laughing matter. Nothing bugs me more than waking up to find myself suffering from the pain and discomfort caused when my stomach acids flowing up into my esophagus. You may have the same problem or you would not be reading this article.

If you get a nasty bitter taste on your palette or your throat is burning and raspy and you feel you might want to puke you are probably suffering from late night heartburn. You are not alone it has been estimated that more than three quarters of the 60 million sufferers of heartburn experience night time acid reflux. It can keep you wake or wake you to a sit up position in a flash. Not only does this affect your sleep but it sticks with you all day as you become lethargic because of lack of sleep.

If you are one of the millions suffering from late nigh heartburn you can do something about it. Take a look at these few tips to help you to relieve the burning sensation that keeps you awake at night.

1. Do not eat right up until you hit the pillow. With our all too busy lifestyles we tend to eat our last big meal of the day later and later. Then as we watch TV or sit around and talk with our families we have this snack or that snack and then we get up and go to bed. You really need to space your last meal or even snack at least two hours before bedtime as this will help prevent acid reflux by giving your stomach acids a chance to work on digesting the food intake before you lie down flat which allows the acid to flow into your esophagus.

2. You might also try to sleep with your head elevated a bit. I knew one guy who slept in his recliner chair for the first couple of hours before he got up and went to bed. Personally when I go to sleep I don't want to wake up and go to bed so I do number one on a regular basis.

3. Alcohol has a tendency to relax the sphincter muscle that resides between your stomach and esophagus. This muscle is what I call the check valve that is supposed to keep the acids from escaping up into the throat lining which is what causes the pain and discomfort of heartburn. This is another one of those pleas for you to back-off from drinking too much especially late at night and if you do not want to suffer form late night heartburn.

4. Finally stay clear of all those spicy, greasy and acidic foods. Foods like tomatoes, grapefruit, oranges, hot peppers and chillies, greasy burgers and french fires late at night can really come back to haunt you and hand out some woozy nightmarish reflux.

If you will follow even these few tips you will have a better nights sleep without the late night heartburn and night time acid reflux.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Why do only seem to get heartburn at night when im trying to sleep!?
    i seem to only get heartburn at night time, its vewry strange i dont think its the position im lying in because i had a nap through the day a few days ago and didnt get it then, it just seems to be at night, does anyone know why this is
    ?

    • ANSWER:
      Keep some tums right by your bed, they are gonna become your best friend :)

  2. QUESTION:
    hey ladies.. anyone have tips on how to deal with heartburn at night and during the day?
    Ive tried tums and maalox!

    Im 14.5 weeks

    • ANSWER:

  3. QUESTION:
    Only Heartburn at Night?
    I am 7 months pregnant and I get heartburn almost every night and it's only at night. I was told it's because the baby will have a whole bunch of hair? Is that true or is there other possibilities to?

    • ANSWER:
      Whoever told you that is an idiot. It's because you just ate dinner and you're lying down, so your stomach is digesting things and it's easy for the acid to go up your esophagus. Don't eat so late, don't eat spicy foods or chocolate, and don't drink caffeine alcohol or citrus juices.

  4. QUESTION:
    Heartburn at night before bed in pregnancy?
    For the last 6 days I have had Heartburn mostly at night before bed and
    been gassy, & have pullling sensations in my stomach(only notice when sitting), slight headaches on occasion throughout day, and have felt quite dizzy 3 times.

    Did any of you experience these symptoms and get a BFP?
    How long before or after your missed period did you get your BFP?
    & did you have any negatives before that & when?

    I'm around 8-10dpo and TTC#2 while breastfeeding my first(want them close in age).

    Thanks for answers.
    I know to take a pregnancy test
    Already tested at 7dpo & neg.(too early).

    • ANSWER:
      I didn't have heartburn at night when I was pregnant until the very end of my pregnancy. I was gassy too, but that wasn't until 8-9 months into my pregnancy either. Are you sure it wasn't just something that you ate? Your body typically stops ovulating when you're breastfeeding. So, you might have a harder time trying to conceive while you're nursing.

  5. QUESTION:
    I've been having heartburn at night when i go to bed?
    I just got over a sore throat, and now every time i go to sleep at night i get heartburn i haven't been eating anything different i've been eating and drinking the same things that i always drank and ate before i got my sore throat...what can be causing this? i've never had this problem before it all just started happening after my sore throat went away....i don't like having heartburn at night because it messes with my sleeping and when i wake up my throat is so dry and when i swallow i feel the heartburn. what can i take to make this go away?
    i am only 16 years old.

    • ANSWER:
      1. Eat your big meal at lunch instead of at dinnertime.

      2. Eat at least two to three hours before lying down.

      3. Avoid foods that are known to lead to heartburn.
      These include foods that can trigger your heartburn, either by increasing acid production and gastric pressure or by loosening the lower sphincter muscle. Also, avoid foods that can irritate the lining of the esophagus, such as spicy foods, coffee, citrus fruit and juices. Especially if you eat any of these foods at dinnertime will increase your chances of having nighttime heartburn. If you aren't sure what foods trigger your heartburn symptoms, try keeping a heartburn record for a week. You can also check out a chart for foods with little risk of causing heartburn.

      4. Eliminate late-night snacking.

      5. Sleep with your head and shoulder on an incline.
      Lying down flat presses the stomach's contents against the LES. With the head higher than the stomach, gravity helps reduce this pressure, and keeps stomach contents where they belong--in the stomach. You can elevate your head in a couple of ways. You can place bricks, blocks or anything that's sturdy securely under the legs at the head of your bed. You can also use a wedge-shaped pillow to elevate your head.

      6. Sleep on your left side.

      7 Stop smoking.
      Nicotine can weaken the lower esophageal sphincter, which can lead to stomach contents entering the esophagus, with heartburn as a result. Smoking also stimulates the production of stomach acid. Find out the other reasons it's good to stop smoking if you suffer from heartburn.

      8. Avoid alcohol.
      Alcohol increases the production of stomach acid. Alcohol also relaxes the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), allowing stomach contents to reflux back up into the esophagus. If you still want to consume alcohol, find out how and when to consume alcohol when you suffer from heartburn.

      9. Take an antacid when heartburn hits.
      Antacids will work very quickly on heartburn you may be experiencing before you go to bed. It can also be used for those heartburn episodes that wake you up during the night if the heartburn comes back. Unfortunately, this is very possible. An H2 blocker will work for a longer period of time, usually up to 12 hours, but they take an hour or so to begin working, and you are able to go back to sleep. Another option is to combine the two. The antacid will provide the quick relief you need, and will likely last until the H2 blocker begins to work.

      If you continue to experience frequent heartburn symptoms at night, see your health care provider. He or she will be able to diagnose whether you are suffering from just occasional heartburn, or something more serious, such as gastroesophageal reflux disease, an ulcer, or a hiatal hernia. You will be able to discuss with your health care provider different


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