Acid Reflux Symptoms | Getting to Bed and Staying in Bed

One of the worst times to get hit with acid reflux symptoms is when you finally lie down at night. Unfortunately, this is also one of the most common times for it. Why is acid reflux more common at night? And how can you avoid night time acid reflux symptoms?

 

One of the major causes of acid reflux is a stressed lower esophageal sphincter, or LES. When the LES is stressed, it has difficulty keeping the acidic stomach contents inside of the stomach after a meal.  Dr. Leo Galland, also recognizes the LES to be the real culprit behind many cases of acid reflux. Lying down after a meal puts pressure on the LES, which can lead to acid reflux symptoms.

 

While certain factors like smoking can cause the LES to relax, things like body position and timing of meals can be critical for avoiding acid reflux symptoms. To reduce your symptoms at bed time:

  • Eat your dinner about three hours before bed so your stomach has time to digest and empty some.
  • If you have to go to bed sooner, try propping yourself up with enough pillows so you’re in a semi-sitting position.
  • Avoid the foods you know trigger your acid reflux symptoms at dinner time.

 

Dr. Marina Rose has helped people with acid reflux and other challenging, chronic health conditions in and around the city of Palo Alto, CA.

 

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