Gastric acid that recurs at night is generally characterized by abdominal pain in the upper part and chest. This of course really disturbs your rest time.
Launching Medical News Today, The International Foundation for Gastrointestinal Disorders (IFFGD) reported that 79 percent of people experience symptoms of increased stomach acid while sleeping and 40 percent of them admit that this condition interferes with their activities when they wake up in the morning.
If you feel symptoms of stomach acid in the middle of the night, you can try the following ways to deal with stomach acid.
1. Wear loose clothing
Loose clothing/Photo: Pexels/Pavel Danilyuk
Tight clothes will put pressure on the body, especially the body parts. Therefore, it is best to wear loose clothing when sleeping to avoid pressure on the stomach.
2. Sleeping position lying on your left side
Sleeping position lying on your left side/Photo: Pexels/Miriam Alonso
The supine position can increase the risk of stomach acid. For this reason, it is recommended to sleep lying on your left side when sleeping so that the pressure on the stomach is reduced to avoid the risk of stomach acid rising into the esophagus.
3. Avoid eating before bed
Eat before bed/Photo: Pexels/Cottonbro Studio
Food that enters the body needs to be digested properly. Therefore, it is not recommended to sleep after eating because it can increase the risk of stomach acid rising into the esophagus.
To avoid this, it is recommended to chew food smoothly and eat small portions but often. That way, food is digested more quickly by the digestive organs.
4. Avoid foods that cause stomach acid
Foods that cause stomach acid/Photo: Pexels/Nicole Michalou
It turns out there are several things that can increase the risk of stomach acid rising, you know. If you don’t want your sleep time to be disturbed, then you need to avoid it, especially when you want to fall asleep.
Some things that often cause stomach acid to rise include drinking alcohol, tea, coffee, chocolate, spicy food, smoking, high stress levels, and consuming onions and garlic.
5. Take a leisurely walk after eating
Take a leisurely walk after eating/Photo: Pexels/Cottonbro Studio
Taking a leisurely walk after eating can help reduce the risk of stomach acid rising. By maintaining an upright posture when walking, food can move properly from the esophagus to the stomach.
By following the five methods above, you can overcome stomach acid that suddenly rises in the middle of the night. Don’t forget, adopt a healthy lifestyle by eating healthy food and exercising at least 150 minutes a week so that stomach acid doesn’t recur.
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