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Heartburn at night?

June 15th, 2010 admin

Ok folks, so now you have been practicing good sleep hygiene, exercising and doing all the things to promote good sleep. You lie down, get comfortable, close your eyelids and just as you are waiting for sleep to envelope your whole being-there it is! That reoccuring burning sensation with a little pain in your chest from heartburn. Heartburn, or acid indigestion, is an all too common experience among may Americans. The burning sensation or pain in the chest from heartburn can extend from the breastbone and move upward to the neck and throat, often leaving a bitter or acid taste. It often occurs after eating and can last up to two hours. Some heartburn sufferers also experience a sore throat, hoarseness, chronic cough, asthma, and a feeling of a lump in the throat. Heartburn may not be a sign of a serious problem, but if it occurs more than twice a week for six months or longer or is not relieved by treatment (trying over the counter medications first). Of heartburn sufferers, about 80% experience nighttime heartburn; most report it to be severe. Severe heartburn of the severe degree can be affecting your ability to get a good night’s sleep. The discomfort can rob you of precious hours of sleep, which are so important to daytime functioning and your overall health and safety. In a survey conducted by NSF (National Sleep Foundation) 75% respondents reported reported that nighttime heartburn keeps them from falling asleep and wakes them up during sleep-while 63% stated that it actually affected their ability to get a good night’s sleep. When nighttime heartburn keeps us from getting enough sleep, it has a significant impact on our ability to function well during the day. Sleep deprivation makes it more difficult to concentrate, make decisions, be productive, relate well toothers and puts you at risk for injuries, drowsy driving and illness. Because acid may linger longer in the esophagus at night, nighttime heartburn can also lead to imflammation, scarring and can put you at risk for asthma, and in rare cases, cancer.

If heartburn is disrupting your sleep, take note of the frequently and if necessary report it to your healthcare professional.

It is a common experience that a problem difficult at night is resolved in the morning after the committee of sleep has worked on it. ~John Steinbeck