What is night-time heartburn?
Night-time heartburn is exactly what it sounds like - it's heartburn that happens at night. 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 asleep and difficult to stay that way.
Suffering night-time heartburn, even once-a-week, can cause day-time tiredness, impact your quality of life, decrease productivity at work, and even be linked to snoring. That's why it's important to do something about it.
Why do I get heartburn at night?
79% of weekly heartburn sufferers may experience heartburn symptoms at night. When you are not lying down, gravity can help keep stomach acid in the stomach where it belongs. However at night when you lie down, it can become easier for stomach acid to push past your lower esophageal sphincter (LES) and leak into your esophagus.
What can I do about my night-time heartburn?
Consider keeping an antacid like TUMS® beside your bed. Antacids work very quickly. A good thing, since the faster you get relief the sooner you can get back to sleep.
If you are taking medications such as Prilosec®, Prevacid®, Nexium®, Protonix®, Aciphex®, or Zegerid® taking a second dose isn't usually recommended. More importantly, taking a second dose of these medications when you get night-time heartburn would likely take far too long to go to work.
You may also want to talk to your healthcare professional about taking H2 Blockers. For some people, these have been shown to work well for night-time heartburn.
Changes to your diet and lifestyle such as not eating before bed or sleeping with your upper body slightly elevated, may also help.