Health Tip: Don't Let GERD Interrupt Your Sleep

(HealthDay News) -- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a gastrointestinal condition that often triggers uncomfortable nighttime heartburn that affects sleep.

The National Sleep Foundation lists these suggestions to help keep GERD under control so you can get a better night's sleep:

  • Don't lie down after eating a big meal.

  • Try to eat smaller meals instead of large ones; practice an upright but relaxed posture as you eat.

  • Try to avoid onions, chocolate and high-fat foods, as well as alcohol.

  • Don't take potassium supplements.

  • Take medications while sitting in an upright position and swallow with a lot of water.

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