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Tips to stop heartburn at night time

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Heartburn at night time can be tremendously uncomfortable. You get up with acidity, burning throat and stomach, chest tightness and great deal of abdominal discomfort. It’s the time to check your lifestyle and habits and incorporate some changes that would offer you the much needed relief. Check out such useful tips over here...

Tip # 1 How to sleep

Lie down on your left side. This position is ideal for people who experience night time heartburns as no pressure is exerted on your tummy.  The stomach acids and the contents would stay away from the lower oesophageal sphincter this way. You can also keep your upper body a little elevated with a pillow.

Tip # 2 What you wear to bed

You should sleep in comfortable clothes. Do not wear tight clothes like jeans or body hugging tops, belts, etc.  When your body is free, heartburn usually does not happen while sleeping. 

Tip 3 # When to go to sleep

Eat your food at least 2 hours before going to bed. If you have problems with night time heartburn then early dinner is the only solution to it. Give a gap of 2-3 hours and then go to sleep.

Tip 4 # How much dinner do you have

If you are eating a heavy dinner, then it’s likely that you will suffer from heartburn in the midnight. The problem of acid refluxing in your throat would be worsened by indigestion which usually happens when you gulp lot of food in the night.

Tip 5 # What to eat and what not to eat

First eat light. Have a small dinner, just enough to fill you in. At the same time do not leave your stomach empty. Have protein like chicken breasts, tofu or soups and salads. Avoid caffeine and sugary foods. Avoid junk foods or carbonated beverages, dairy, and acidic foods like oranges, tomatoes, vinegar and other similar food items that cause acidity. Simply put, do not eat trigger foods.

Tip 6 # Drink cold water

Cold water is soothing for your stomach and it promotes digestion. If you have acidity and heartburn problems at night, then drink cold water throughout the day.

Tip 7 # Chewing gum is a remedy

Keep chewing a sugar free gum... It helps to produce saliva which in turns promotes digestion. Thus, chances of having heartburn and indigestion are lessened.

Tip 8 # Stop Smoking

Smoking is not only dangerous for your lungs but also for your gastrointestinal tract. Inhaling the smoke can irritate your GI tract and cause acidity. So give up smoking if you want relief from heartburn.

Tip 9 # Check your weight

Are you overweight? Piling up fats in your stomach can create pressure in your oesophageal sphincter and trigger regurgitation of stomach acids. Thus, you get the purpose and necessity of losing weight.

Tip 10 # Check with your doctor

Lastly, you cannot rely completely on home remedies and therefore consult a doctor when suffering regularly from heartburn at night. Avoid further complication and get a proper treatment.

Written by: Healthplus24.com team
Date last updated: June 06, 2014