What Causes Nighttime Heartburn Symptoms for You ?
If you are like me, then you will have experienced heartburn symptoms at one time or another. Not everyone experiences the same symptoms though. Let’s take a look at some of the things that cause this uncomfortable feeling in the chest.
Before I go on though, it is important to have chest pains examined by a doctor, don’t just assume it is symptoms of heartburn that is at the root of the problem.
If you are experiencing any of the following then you might have heartburn or acid reflux:
- chronic cough
- bitter taste in the mouth
- sore throat
Many people will get these particular symptoms in the morning after they wake up. This is referred to as nighttime heartburn. It can affect your sleep patterns and cause you to feel very fatigued during the day.
Now, what causes these heartburn symptoms at night? It may be caused by the angle you are sleeping at. If your upper body is not raised enough then the acid from the stomach could be seeping into the esophagus, which will cause the discomfort mentioned above.
Simply raising the head of the bed about six inches could be all you need to do to relieve the symptoms.
Some of the things that cause the symptoms of heartburn for me include coffee, beer and spicy food. These things are known to weaken the lower esophageal sphincter, which allows stomach acid to get into your esophagus.
To help prevent nighttime heartburn, what I do is simply not eat or drink the things that cause the discomfort in the first place. It seems pretty basic, but if you want to stop the pain and discomfort then you have to eliminate the things that cause and often the things we like are the most common food or drink that causes the problem.
Many people would simply feel a lot better if they stopped consuming the things that cause the heartburn symptoms in the first place.
Here are a few more tips that should help prevent the occurrence of nighttime heartburn:
- Do not lie down for a few hours after eating a meal. Sitting down can prevent stomach acid from seeping into the esophagus.
- Cut down on the size of your meals. I’ve noticed that by eating smaller meals, it has lessened the instances of acid reflux or heartburn. This is especially true for holiday gatherings such as Thanksgiving, where eating too much often triggered an occurrence of the symptoms of heartburn.
- Slow down! By eating my dinner slower, that too has helped cut down on the symptoms. I remember my mother telling me to slow down so that my food has a chance to digest properly.