Quick tips to reduce acid reflux at bedtime
If you struggle with acid reflux, then you know the symptoms all too well. There may be chest pain or a feeling of nausea. You might even struggle to swallow. It's frustrating, to say the least. And, these symptoms often worsen when you lie down. That's because "lying flat doesn't allow gravity to help move food and acids down the esophagus and through your digestive system, so the acid is allowed to pool in place."
Thankfully, there are some things you can try to reduce your nightly acid reflux issues. But, before we jump into our quick tips, we'd like to say, if you are dealing with ongoing acid reflux, make sure to talk with your medical provider about treatment options.
OK, let's talk about some things you can do to alleviate those issues.
Don't lay flat on a mattress. As mentioned above, this can cause more issues. The recommendation is to lift your head 6 to 8 inches. There are plenty of ways to do this at night. We recommend a mattress with an adjustable base. Any of our pocketed coil units or memory foam mattresses will work with an adjustable base. We can also order a Perfect Bliss Latex mattress without the racetrack edge support to make it compatible with an adjustable base.
Avoid eating within three hours of bedtime. Eating closer to bedtime can increase your chances of having problems with acid reflux when you lay down. Try to stop eating at least three hours before you turn in for the night.
Try the left side. If you're a side sleeper, try rolling onto your left side. This may encourage food (and acid) to move out of your stomach and into your digestive tract more quickly.
Make your meals smaller. You may be tempted to stick to three large meals a day, but this can actually hurt you if you suffer from acid reflux. Switch it up and start eating smaller meals throughout the day.
Watch what you eat. There are foods that can help or hinder acid reflux. Typically, it's best to avoid foods that are high in acids and unhealthy fats. It's also a good idea to avoid processed foods. On the other hand, high-fiber and alkaline foods can be helpful.
We're sorry you're dealing with acid reflux and hope these tips help you get relief and a better night's sleep. If you need any assistance choosing a new mattress that works with an adjustable base, please come in and see us at Mattress Dealzz.
- Jeremiah Stettler