28 Tips for Nighttime Heartburn Relief
Stop suffering heartburn symptoms at night. Get relief with these food, drink, and lifestyle tips.
By Wendy C. Fries
WebMD the 1 last update 2020/02/18 FeatureBy Wendy C. Fries
12 Food and Drink Tips for Nighttime Heartburn Relief
- Prevent heartburn by limiting acidic foods, such as grapefruit, oranges, tomatoes, or vinegar.
- Spicy foods giving you heartburn? Cut back on pepper or chilies.
- Don''t eat too quickly! Try putting your fork down between bites.
- Avoid snacking at bedtime. Eating close to bedtime can trigger heartburn symptoms.
- Reduce your nighttime heartburn risk: Eat meals two to three hours before sleep.
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- Steer clear of tight clothes. Tight belts, waistbands, and pantyhose can press on your stomach, triggering heartburn.
- Strive for a less stressful life. Stress may increase stomach acids, boosting heartburn symptoms.
- Heavy? Try losing weight. The pressure of excess weight increases the chance stomach acid will backup into the esophagus.
- Popping antacids more than once a week? You may have GERD, not heartburn, and need more aggressive treatment.
- Try chewing gum at night. This can boost the production of saliva, which neutralizes stomach acid.
- Not all "" foods cause GERD symptoms in everyone. Keep track of your symptoms to find your personal triggers.
- Pregnant? You may experience heartburn or GERD. Talk to your doctor about finding relief.
- Heartburn worse after exercise? Drink plenty of water. It helps with hydration and digestion.
- Untreated GERD can radically increase your risk of esophageal cancer. But reflux can be managed. Talk with your doctor.
- Try keeping a diary or heartburn log to keep track of activities that might trigger incidents.
- A full tummy can mean a night full of heartburn pain. Wait at least 2-3 hours after you eat before going to bed.
- Wait for your workout. Don't want to trigger heartburn? Wait at least two hours after a meal before exercising.
- Nicotine can cause your esophageal sphincter to relax. If you smoke, kick the habit.
- Some medicines can worsen reflux. Talk with your doctor about alternatives.
- Use blocks or bricks under the bedpost to raise the head of your bed 6 inches so you can sleep with head and chest elevated. You can also try a wedge pillow.
- Bend with your knees. Bending over at the waist tends to increase reflux symptoms.
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