While the physiological processes involved in heartburn at night are the same as during the day, you may perceive your heartburn symptoms differently at night because of the orientation of your body. The same condition—heartburn—can cause different sensations during the day versus night.
In a survey done in 2003, 13% of 1,000 adults who experienced heartburn at least weekly had only nighttime episodes; 20% reported only daytime heartburn.1 Altogether, 79% of the heartburn sufferers reported experiencing heartburn at night. Of these, 75% reported that heartburn had a negative impact on sleep; 63% indicated that heartburn adversely affected their ability to sleep well; and 40% reported impaired functioning the next day. The prevalence of sleep disturbances increased directly with the incidence of heartburn at night.
With one pill a day, Prilosec OTC® offers day and night protection to help alleviate your frequent heartburn symptoms for 24 hours.* At night, the body’s sleeping position allows for easier passage of acidic fluid and gas up to the esophageal sphincter, and up into the esophagus. This can cause some of the most uncomfortable symptoms of heartburn. Reducing the number of these instances can reduce the number of sleep disturbances due to heartburn, and a more restful night’s sleep can result in a more productive day.
Frequent heartburn sufferers should consider the following tips:
¹ Shaker R, Castell DO, Schoenfeld PS, Spechler SJ. Nighttime heartburn is an underappreciated clinical problem that impacts sleep and daytime function; results of a Gallup survey conducted on behalf of the American Gastroenterological Association. Am J Gastroenterol 2003;98:1487–93.
* It’s possible while taking Prilosec OTC. Use as directed for 14 days to treat frequent heartburn. Do not take for more than 14 days or more often than every 4 months unless directed by a doctor. May take 1 to 4 days for full effect. Not for immediate relief.
How do heartburn symptoms vary from day to night? Learn about heartburn around the clock, and read tips on how to address it so you can get greater relief and better rest.
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