It could be the result of a wide variety of potential sleep inhibitors. The National Sleep Foundation has found that some of the top medical issues that prevent people from falling asleep are low back pain and headaches.
Another common condition that makes it tough to fall asleep is nighttime heartburn. It’s estimated that four out of five people who suffer from regular heartburn and acid reflux also deal with nighttime heartburn. The discomfort of heartburn can make it nearly impossible to get a good night’s sleep.
Keeping this bothersome condition at bay can be easier than you think, however. To keep your chronic nighttime heartburn at bay and begin to improve your sleep, try any of these tips:
Avoid heartburn-triggering foods at night
If you know that certain foods trigger your heartburn, be sure to avoid them in the hours before you sleep. Acidic foods like tomatoes and citrus, as well as fried, greasy or spicy foods, are common culprits of heartburn.
Chew some gum
In the hours between dinner and your bedtime, you may want to chew gum to ward off nighttime heartburn, as well. This is because chewing gum encourages saliva production — and saliva is what helps wash stomach acid back down your esophagus.
Sleep with your upper body elevated
By sleeping on an adjustable bed at a nine-inch incline, you can reduce your chances of getting nighttime heartburn. This incline won’t just prevent nighttime heartburn, either. Adjustable bed systems can potentially take pressure off parts of the body that make it uncomfortable to sleep, meaning you won’t change positions throughout the night.
Craftmatic® Adjustable Beds equipped with optional heat and massage also may provide temporary relief from: • Low Back Pain • Minor Aches and Pains Due to Muscular Fatigue or Overexertion • Edema or Swelling of the Legs • Poor Local Blood Circulation of the Legs • Symptoms of Hiatus Hernia • Nighttime Heartburn • Symptoms of Gastric Reflux • The optional heating accessory provides temporary relief from Mild Arthritis and Joint Pain, as well as Muscle Pain Associated with Stress and Tension • Sleeping in an upright position may Reduce or Ease Light and Occasional Snoring.