According to the American College of Gastroenterology, the most important way to avoid heartburn or acid reflux is to “avoid lying down for two hours after eating.”
The group also recommends to avoid eating for at least two hours before bedtime to “decrease the amount of stomach acid available for reflux.”
Besides putting a strain on your digestive, there are a few conditions can arise from late night eating habits with the result of heartburn.
These conditions include: “esophageal stricture or narrowing of the esophagus from scar tissue”, “difficulty in swallowing”, “esophageal ulcers, or open sores which are painful and can bleed”, “Barrett’s esophagus” and in extreme cases “esophageal cancer.”
Avoid lying down after eating, refrain from eating before bedtime and always consult with your doctor about treatment for your heartburn symptoms.