It’s usually not which foods you choose, but more about how much, when, and how you sleep. Acid reflux is when goop leaks out of your stomach, into your esophagus, and remains there while you sleep. It is likely much more acidic than the food you consumed, because it is mixed with some very nasty stomach acid. It just pools up and burns away at one side of your esophagus until you wake up. If it’s more than one side, you either rolled around in your sleep, or it wasn’t acid reflux.
Aside from quantity, If you made sure that beverage or food is mostly out of your stomach, staying up another few hours before sleep, then it can’t leak out. Also, if you sleep with your torso elevated, gravity will help keep the contents of your stomach where it should be.
Some are genetically predisposed to this problem and need to be more careful. If you really can’t stay awake after Thankgiving dinner, at least take something to neutralize the acid first, but don’t make a habit of it.
What to do about acid reflux.
There are a number of things to typically suggest to help with your acid reflux. Above all remember to talk to your physician before implementing any new recommendations.
Avoid trigger foods. There are certain foods that commonly cause heartburn symptoms. These include:
● Coffee (with or without caffeine)
● Citrus fruits and juices
● Carbonated beverages
● Peppermint, garlic, and onions
● Spicy or fried foods
Most of these foods relax the lower esophageal sphincter and can delay stomach emptying, therefore causing reflux symptoms. By avoiding these foods, you can hopefully get your symptoms controlled.
Avoid late night meals. We are getting in the habit of eating later and later in the night. Those late-night meals can make reflux a lot worse. Food tends to lay in the upper part of the stomach and when you lie down to sleep, the contents can easily move up into your esophagus causing heartburn. Try avoiding late night meals or wait at least 2-3 hour prior to laying down after your last meal.
Avoid carbohydrates or fats, especially for dinner. These foods stay in your stomach longer and cause the lower esophageal sphincter to relax, making reflux worse. If possible, avoiding or minimizing carbohydrates or fats may help out with reflux.
Take your meds right. One of the most common mistakes people make when they are taking acid-reducing medicines (like Prilosec or Nexium) is that they don’t take them on an empty stomach prior to the meals. For most of the heartburn medicines (except Dexilant), they need to be taken on an empty stomach PRIOR to the meals (not after).