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What You Can Do to Manage Night-Time Heartburn

Avoid eating before bed.

Night-time heartburn is heartburn that occurs at night, and 79% of weekly heartburn sufferers may experience it.1 When you are upright, gravity helps keep stomach acid in the stomach where it belongs, but when you lie down at night, it can become easier for stomach acid to push past your lower esophageal sphincter (LES) and leak into your esophagus.

For many people, night-time heartburn can be more disruptive than the symptoms they experience throughout the day. Night-time heartburn can make it hard to fall, and stay, asleep.

Suffering from night-time heartburn, even once a week, can cause fatigue, decrease productivity at work, and overall impact to your daily life. This type of heartburn also has been linked to increased snoring.

To manage your night-time heartburn, consider making changes to your diet and lifestyle, such as avoiding eating before bed or sleeping with your upper body slightly elevated.2 You may also want to talk to your healthcare professional about taking H2 Blockers. For some, these have been shown to work well for night-time heartburn.

Antacids like TUMS® work quickly to bring you heartburn relief. Keep a bottle beside your bed, so you can get back to sleep faster. Take medication at night in an upright position, before lying down to resume sleep. If your night-time heartburn doesn’t improve, you may want to talk to your doctor about Prevacid®24HR , a proton pump inhibitor that requires only one pill for all day and night relief.3

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  1. “Shaker, Reza, et al. “Nighttime Heartburn Is an under-Appreciated Clinical Problem That Impacts Sleep and Daytime Function: the Results of a Gallup Survey Conducted on Behalf of the American Gastroenterological AssociationImpact of Nighttime Heartburn.” Nature.com, The American Journal of Gastroenterology, July 2003, www.nature.com/ajg/journal/v98/n7/full/ajg2003349a.html?foxtrotcallback=true.
  2. Fries, Wendy C. "28 Tips for Nighttime Heartburn Relief." WebMD. N.p., n.d. Web. <http://www.webmd.com/heartburn-gerd/features/28-tips-for-nighttime-heartburn-relief#1>.
  3. “GERD: A Severe Form of Heartburn.” Mayo Clinic, Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 31 July 2014, www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/gerd/basics/treatment/con-20025201.

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