Avoid Night Time Heartburn


Many people suffer from heartburn that wakes them during the middle of the night.  Here’s a tip from a recent health study for nighttime heartburn sufferers. This study, conducted by the Graduate Hospital in Philadelphia, found that patients who slept on their left side experienced less incidents of nighttime heartburn.

Scientists found that lying on your left side while sleeping, allowed acid to leave your stomach more quickly reducing the possibility of acid reflux. Though sleeping on your right side increased heartburn symptoms, because the acid took longer to clear out of your stomach and esophagus.  People who slept on your back also had heightened symptoms from the acid slipping back.

This health study found that keeping your head elevated during sleep also reduced symptoms. The elevation allowed gravity to assist in keeping the acid in your stomach.

Reference: Health – 138

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