Heartburns during the night or nocturnal gastro esophageal reflux may be due to wrong eating habits, like consumption of carbonated drinks.
Nocturnal heartburns often lead to disturbed sleep and excessive feelings of daytime sleepiness, apart from being cause of other disease. Nocturnal gastro esophageal reflux or heartburn is often linked with severe form of gastro esophageal reflux disease.
Researchers of University of Arizona College of Medicine, US, had presented clinical predictors for the nighttime heartburns in the journal Chest.
In the Sleep Heart Health Study, the researchers had looked into variables like sleep abnormalities, medical history, and social habits and their association with heartburn during sleep, and cardiovascular consequences of sleep-disordered breathing. As one part of the research the predictors of nighttime heartburns were assessed from the participants who answered through a structured questionnaire.
The results brought out increased body mass index (BMI), carbonated soft drink consumption, insomnia, hypertension, asthma, snoring and daytime sleepiness, and usage of benzodiazepines to be certain predictors of heartburn during sleep. This may mean that people with sleep apnea or sleeping disorders can also be at a risk of having heartburns.