Is there anything worse than not getting a good night’s sleep because your throat is basically on fire? You can’t get comfortable. There’s no chance of lying in one position for longer than 5 minutes. Your dinner is coming back up (and going back down) about 5 times an hour, and it feels like your insides are about to spontaneously combust.
Then, you wake up exhausted but it’s not like the world stops just for you – so you have to get on with your day regardless. Now, that’s not so bad when you catch up on that sleep the night after. But what happens when it turns into days, and then weeks, and even months? I’ll tell you what happens: sheer and utter mental and physical collapse. So what’s the best way to get rid of heartburn fast at night? The answer is a lot more straightforward than you might think.
4 Tips to Help You Sleep Better with Heartburn at Night
Sleep On Your Left Side
Acid reflux happens when the contents of your stomach flow back up through the open lower esophageal sphincter muscle into the esophagus. When you’re sitting upright or standing, gravity is on your side so the acid reflux usually isn’t as bad, but most people would find it pretty difficult to sleep standing up! Once you lie down, you lose the benefits of gravity and it’s much easier for that backflow to occur, which is what causes heartburn at night.
The good news is that sleeping on your left side can really help to alleviate these symptoms. Why? Well it’s all to do with the shape of your stomach and the angle at which it connects with your esophagus. Although your stomach is in the middle of your body it is actually curved with more volume on the left side, leaving less risk of your stomach contents overflowing and getting pushed back upwards.
Sleep With Your Head ElevatedAgain, this is all about gravity and it’s a really easy solution to implement. You can use a wedge pillow or adjust your bed frame (stick a few books under it if you’re stuck) to elevate the head of your bed by about 6 inches. Multiple studies have shown the effectiveness of this technique on easing heartburn at night so it’s definitely worth a try.
Stick to Less Restrictive Clothing
We’re not saying you need to sleep naked, but going to sleep with your stomach crushed in by a tight waistband is not going to help your cause. Tight fitting PJs will just put extra pressure on your stomach leading to more acid reflux and heartburn. So try to get some more loose fitting nightwear, or – if it comes to it – just take a pair of scissors to the waistband for some relief!
Don’t Be Tempted by Late Night Snacks
Everyone gets the midnight munchies, I’ve been there. But even eating up to 2 hours before bedtime is a no-one when you suffer from acid reflux and heartburn at night.. It’s much better to allow your stomach to empty out a bit before you hit the sheets. If you must snack, make it a small one.
Get Rid Of Heartburn Fast At Night
Our Acid Relief supplement in the Heartburn Relief Kit will coat the lining of your stomach and esophagus to protect it from any acid coming up throughout the night and ease that night time heartburn. Once you combine it with the Reflux Inhibitor (also in the kit) you’ll find that your Acid Reflux actually resolves completely within about 120 days so nighttime heartburn will be a thing of the past.