Don't Let GERD Interrupt Your Sleep

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Registered: 01-03-2001
Don't Let GERD Interrupt Your Sleep
Tue, 03-12-2013 - 11:39am

Are you having trouble sleeping because of GERD? Health Day News has some tips that may help:

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a gastrointestinal condition that often triggers uncomfortable nighttime heartburn that affects sleep.

The National Sleep Foundation lists these suggestions to help keep GERD under control so you can get a better night's sleep:

  • Don't lie down after eating a big meal.
  • Try to eat smaller meals instead of large ones; practice an upright but relaxed posture as you eat.
  • Try to avoid onions, chocolate and high-fat foods, as well as alcohol.
  • Don't take potassium supplements.
  • Take medications while sitting in an upright position and swallow with a lot of water.

-- Diana Kohnle


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Registered: 07-25-2000
Fri, 03-15-2013 - 9:53am

The thing I found that really helped the acid reflux I was having during the night was to avoid eating anything at all for at least 3 or 4 hours before I go to bed.