Does Staying Up Later Reduce Your Chances of Heartburn?

Did you know cutting back on your valuable sleep time -- a proven tool for fighting obesity -- can help you prevent heartburn? Sounds strange to me too...

Japanese researchers have determined a shorter gap between evening meals and bedtime elevates your risks of gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD). Based on a study of some 450 patients (including some 150 who suffered from heartburn), those who hit the sack less than three hours after their evening meal were almost 7.5 times more likely to have heartburn.

Instead of moving back your bedtime, however, you can treat your heartburn far more effectively by making some simple lifestyle changes, like, for example, staying away from acidic and sugary soft drinks.

Two other important variables:

  • Knowing your body's unique nutritional type so you'll have a better handle on the right mix of protein and carbohydrates (vegetables) you should be consuming every day.
  • Reducing, with the plan of eliminating, grains and sugars from your diet.

Yahoo News December 27, 2005

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