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Nighttime Heartburn
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One contributing factor for heartburn can be ___________ too close to bedtime.
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Hi, I'm doctor Matt Foster, and I'm here today talk about nighttime heart burn, for About.com.Heartburn occurs when the acid in your stomach refluxes into your esophagus.  It can occur at any time of day, but nighttime heartburn can be quite distressing.  It affects comfort and sleep.  It can also cause stomach acid to remain in the esophagus or even be aspirated into the lungs while a person sleeps, both of which can be damaging overtime.You may not always be awake to recognize nighttime heartburn.  So some symptoms to watch out for include an acidic or bitter taste in your mouth upon waking, grogginess, coughing, chronic sore throat, asthma, and of course the classic burning sensation in you chest attributed to heartburn.There are many causes of heartburn such as GERD, hiatal hernia, stress, and certain foods. There are however a few things that can contribute directly to night time heart burn.One contributing factor can be eating to close to bedtime. Always try to eat at least three to four hours before bed, and make sure to not eat an especially large meal at bedtime.Another cause of nighttime heartburn can be sleeping pills.  Several popular prescription pills are known to make this condition worse.  This can be especially damaging, because one is much less likely to awake due to symptoms and stomach acids may remain for an extended period of time in the esophagus.Sleeping on your right side can make heartburn worse, but sleeping on your left side actually aids in digestion and can alleviate heartburn.Also laying down flat can make heartburn worse. Try to raise up the the head of your bed about 4-8 inches for a more comfortable night's sleep.Good luck with your heartburn and for more information, check us out on the web, at About.com.   
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