7 TIPS TO KEEP ACID REFLUX FROM RUINING YOUR SLEEP
3. Avoid trigger foods and drinks.
For me, that would be tomatoes. And coffee. And red wine.
(By the way, here’s how alcohol affects sleep.) Besser and Huber both advise limiting the intake of foods and beverages that you know give you heartburn—not just at night, but all the time.
I recently bought the book Dr. Koufman’s Acid Reflux Diet for recipes that won’t cause heartburn.
4. Wear loose pajamas.
Clothing that’s too tight can put pressure on your stomach, leading to the back-flow of acid into your esophagus, says Besser. While you probably aren’t wearing Spanx leggings to bed since that wouldn’t be comfortable anyway,
it’s still worth pointing out that if you have acid reflux, loose pajamas are the best option. (Of course, you could always ditch the PJs altogether and sleep naked.)
5. Elevate your head in bed.
Keeping your head up is ideal if you experience acid reflux at night, says Huber. Piling up the pillows isn’t the best way to go about this, though, as pillows are liable to shift.
An adjustable base might be a better option for you if you have acid reflux, says Huber. Adjustable bases make it easy to get into a sleeping position that will help mitigate symptoms.