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July 17, 2022

What is the best sleep position to combat heartburn?

What’s the best sleep position to combat heartburn?

When heartburn is a frequent bed partner, it's difficult to sleep. How can you get rid of it? A small study suggests that sleeping on your left side may help, in addition to elevating your upper body with a wedge pillow, avoiding meals close to bedtime, and taking heartburn medications. The findings were published in The American Journal of Gastroenterology in February 2022. A total of 57 people with chronic heartburn were monitored while sleeping, with the same amount of time spent on their left, right, or back. The positions had no effect on the number of times participants' stomach acid back up into their esophagus (which causes heartburn pain). However, when participants were on their left side, as opposed to their back or right side, the acid cleared much faster. Less acid exposure can reduce heartburn pain as well as the risk of tissue damage and other serious problems.

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