Health Tip: Is GERD Causing Sleep Problems?
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) can cause symptoms during the night that can prevent a good night's sleep.
The National Sleep Foundation offers these suggestions to keep GERD symptoms calm at night:
- Be careful of the foods you eat from late afternoon until bedtime. Try to avoid spicy foods, onions and chocolate.
- Eat a larger meal at lunch, and have a small, light dinner.
- Don't eat anything after two or three hours before you plan to go to bed.
- Don't drink alcohol or smoke before bed.
- Sleep on a pillow or two, with your head and shoulders elevated.
- Try sleeping on your left side.
Posted: February 2008