Heartburn in Bed: Soda, sleeping pills can spoil sleep

By Ben Harder, 15:52 PM April 15, 2008

For many people, meals come with an unwanted side order: heartburn. But heartburn has a more sinister aspect that can show up well after people leave the table. Acid reflux at night, which can have serious long-term health consequences, often causes sleep problems, suggests a new medical survey.

The pain of heartburn results from acidic stomach fluids rising into the esophagus. Various factors, including what a person eats and drinks, can weaken the gate-like sphincter muscle that normally co...

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