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Heartburn and Insomnia

I 'm suffering from acidity and insomnia too. Are they both interlinked?
(October 14, 2011)

Yes. heartburn and insomnia are interlinked. Heartburn is actually acid reflux that happens in the stomach due to excessive stomach acids and not related to the heart. It causes a burning sensation and in acute cases, can rise up in the esophagus. In such cases, it becomes difficult to remain lying down and try to go to sleep.

Therefore heartburn makes it difficult to sleep, inadvertently causing insomnia. You can remedy this by addressing the heartburn. Eat less spicy food at night, eat early at night, avoid alcohol and heavy meals late at night are some simple tips to heartburn at bay. You should also avoid chocolate or coffee if you suffer from chronic heartburn. If you have heartburn, keep your head elevated and help keep the acid reflux at bay. Sometimes heartburn can also keep a pregnant woman awake as her belly has squashed her other organs making it difficult with acid reflux. Read tips on acid reflux diet
Submitted by N on October 14, 2011 at 06:30


What to eat when you’ve insomnia due to heartburn?

Insomnia is a condition where an individual is unable to get sleep quickly, often throughout the night. In most cases, people suffer from an inability to sleep for long periods of time. Such individuals may also suffer from shallow sleep. Heartburn is a condition that is not actually related to the heart. This is a problem where digestive acids travel up the esophagus due to some issue relating to digestion. In such a situation, the chest will experience a burning sensation. Because of the proximity to the heart, the condition is labeled as heartburn. Read in detail on diet for insomnia patient

It is possible for an individual to suffer from insomnia and heartburn as the condition of digestive distress can prevent the person from achieving good sleep. In such a situation, the diet that needs to be followed is one that is light and nutritious. Spicy foods, fatty foods, oily foods and heavy meals must be avoided at all costs. All of these foods have the effect of straining the digestive system. When there is already a case of heartburn, it is wise to avoid further strain. While one can seek medical help to understand the cause of the heartburn, it is recommended that one consumes fresh fruits and vegetables in small, healthy meals. This will help the body fulfill its nutritional requirements with less chance of heartburn.
Submitted by N on July 18, 2011 at 05:33


Does acidity cause sleeplessness?

Acidity and insomnia are primarily linked by the significant discomfort that is caused by the acid reflux occurrence within the body. The pain is usually considerable enough to prevent an individual from having a rather sound sleep. Sleeplessness and heartburn are one of the most common causes of people suffering from exhaustion over a period of time as the body tries to cope with full work days without the proper amount of rest. However, heartburn and sleep apnea does not necessarily need to be a problem as there are a few simple steps that one can take to prevent the onset of sleeplessness and heartburn.

For instance, simply increasing the height of the head of your bed by about 3 inches will ensure that your chest and esophagus are higher than your stomach will prevent the occurrence of acids flowing up into it. Another tip is to make it a point to sleep on your left side as this will place the esophageal sphincter muscle higher than the stomach – again preventing the flow of acidic substances up into the esophagus.  Another important tip to keep in mind is to avoid consuming any foods for up to 4 hours before retiring for the night.

Submitted by N on July 13, 2011 at 05:28


What position is the best for sleeping with heartburn?

Suffering from heartburn can be a rather uncomfortable experience that can affect a significant amount of your daily routine. Severe heartburn is also likely to prevent you from getting a good night’s sleep and cause you to be rather drowsy and irritable the next day. A number of sufferers will look for the various options open to them when it comes to sleeping with heartburn, apart from the usual trick of popping a few antacids and mentally preparing themselves for the experience that they are about to bear. Substantial research into the condition shows that there is a rather prominent link between sleeping and acidity.

Experts recommend that the best position to fight acidity while sleeping is to lift the head of the bed about 3 inches. This prevents the acids from flowing into the esophagus by placing your chest and esophagus higher than your stomach. For even better comfort, make it a point to sleep on your left side as well. While it helps to know of the best sleeping postures when affected by acidity, it is also important to remember that a number of other factors also contribute to the development of the problem. For instance, avoid eating anything for about 4 hours prior to retiring for the night.
Submitted by N on July 7, 2011 at 05:27


The stomach secretes essential acids which are necessary for proper digestion. These acids help break down the food into soluble substance which dissolves in the blood. When the production of these acids increases, the resulting condition is known as acidity. There are several reasons behind acidity such as the weakness of the valve between the esophagus and the stomach causing acid reflux, heavy meals, lack of adequate blood flow to the stomach. A condition known as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome can also be one of the reasons behind acidity. Acidity can lead to growth of ulcers. Consumption of alcohol, insomnia, spicy food, irregular eating habits, faulty lifestyle, stress, and unhealthy diet are some other factors which can cause acidity. Highly stressful and busy lifestyle can also cause acidity. Heartburn, dyspepsia, excessive burping and acid reflux are some of the symptoms of acidity.

Insomnia is a symptom and not a disease or a stand-alone diagnosis. It is a condition wherein an individual might face difficulty falling asleep and maintaining a sound sleep or even both. There are many reasons why a person might suffer from insomnia. Jet lag, stressful lifestyle or situations, Excessive noise or unpleasant noise, uncomfortable room temperature, acidity, acute medical or surgical condition, hospitalization, insomnia related to high altitudes and withdrawal from drugs, alcohol, stimulant medication or sedatives are some of the factors causing insomnia. The symptoms of insomnia are difficulty falling asleep, maintaining a sound sleep, poor concentration or focus, difficulty with memory, impaired motor coordination, irritability and impaired social interaction. People tend to worsen the symptoms by using alcohol, antihistamines and non-prescribed sleeping aid.

Insomnia and acidity are related to each other. Lack of sleep or insomnia can trigger acidity by disturbing the digestive system and the balance of abdominal acids. Thus insomnia can cause acidity. Similarly, even acidity can cause insomnia. Certain symptoms of acidity such as acid reflux, excessive burping or heartburn can cause severe discomfort which might make it difficult for a person to fall asleep or maintain a sound sleep. Thus, acidity can lead to insomnia. This is how acidity and insomnia are interrelated. Long leisurely walks after every meal can help digestion thus preventing acidity and it can also trigger sleep and thus avoiding insomnia. One might try to consult a doctor or even try a few home remedies to cure acidity and insomnia.
Submitted by E L on July 19, 2010 at 12:04


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