The results of a study published in the journal of the American College of Chest Physicians suggest that carbonated beverages and commonly-prescribed sleeping pills are responsible for nighttime heartburn. The reflux may be so severe that it actually regularly disrupts individuals’ sleep.
“This is the first study to evaluate how common heartburn during sleep is in the general population of the United States,” said the study author Ronnie Fass. “We found that up to a quarter of the U.S. population loses sleep because of nighttime heartburn, and many of these individuals have related sleep complaints and suffer from excessive daytime sleepiness.”
Scientists distributed questionnaires to more than 15,000 individuals, asking whether they suffered from heartburn while they slept, as well as demographic information and what food, drink and medicine they ingested before going to bed at night. A correlation was found between those 3,800 subjects who said they had indigestion and whether they consumed soda or sleeping pills at night.
Those who suffer from nighttime heartburn may want to consider taking digestive supplements, such as Nu-Zymes Digestive Enzymes from Dr. Newton’s Naturals, which may help ease occasional heartburn and facilitate a restful night’s sleep.