There are few things worse than stomach pains, indigestion, or acid reflux when you’re trying to sleep. The problem is, that’s when most of your stomach problems set in!
If you have a heavy meal, you often feel sleepy and in need of a nap. But when you lie down, your stomach acts up, struggles to digest, or gets all acidic. You end up suffering from acid reflux or indigestion, and your efforts to nap are completely wasted!
But thankfully there are lots of remedies to help deal with both indigestion and heartburn. Here are a few of the best:
- Lose weight — This may sound overly simplistic, but the truth is that losing weight can help to reduce both indigestion and heartburn drastically. Heartburn is common when you overeat and the weight of your excess fat pressed down on your stomach, pushing the food up toward your esophagus. Too much pressure, and the sphincter holding the esophagus closed cannot resist. Acid spills up into your unprotected throat, leading to burning and pain. But losing weight reduces the pressure placed on your stomach, stopping it from pushing the food back up.
- Smoke less –– One of the main problems with smoking and your digestion is that smoking weakens the muscles of your digestive system. This makes you more prone to suffering from acid reflux and heartburn, as well as high blood pressure. Stop smoking, and you’ll find your digestive system has far fewer problems.
- Drink tea — Lemon tea is excellent for helping to deal with indigestion. The acid in lemons is very similar to the acids in your stomach, so lemon tea fools your body into thinking that it has enough stomach acid–thus reducing the presence of the strong acid that could be causing indigestion. Peppermint tea is also excellent for indigestion, though it’s the wrong tea to drink if you have heartburn. Chamomile will soothe your stomach and reduce the acidity.
- Watch for food sensitivities –– If you are sensitive or allergic to gluten, lactose, or any of the other foods that can trigger negative reactions, cut them from your diet. They can not only cause indigestion, but they can affect your intestines–causing leaky gut, diarrhea, constipation, and a host of other problems.
- Chew gum –– Want to stop yourself from overeating and causing indigestion? Have a stick of gum after finishing your meal! Not only will it curb your appetite, but it can help to reduce the symptoms of both heartburn and GERD (a complication of acid reflux). Chewing gum will help to increase the production of saliva, which acts as a sort of neutralizer to the stomach acids.
- Try baking soda –– It may not taste great, but it’s AMAZING at neutralizing stomach acid. It’s one of the main ingredients used in TUMS and other anti-indigestion and acid reflux treatments. Simply add a bit of baking soda into a glass of water and swallow. It will settle your stomach quickly and easily.
- Have some aloe juice — Aloe vera makes for a wonderful soothing remedy for all sorts of problems, including indigestion and acid reflux. Drinking a bit of aloe very juice will go a long way towards quelling the turmoil in your stomach, regardless of whether it’s indigestion, excess stomach acid production, or acid reflux.
These natural remedies will help you to get rid of indigestion and heartburn, settling your stomach and making it just that little bit easier to rest or sleep without discomfort. They’re worth trying next time your stomach starts to act up!