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If you experience symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease only after you go to bed (known as nighttime GERD), you may find that a few simple changes can help relieve your symptoms.
The first is not eating for 2 to 3 hours before bedtime. When you do this, your stomach is more likely to be empty when you go to bed, and there will be less chance of reflux.
You may also find relief if you raise the head of your bed about 6 to 8 inches. This is usually enough to keep your head above the level of your chest, which makes it more difficult for stomach juices to flow back up into your esophagus.
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