Soda Pop & Sleeping Pills Increase Nighttime Heartburn

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Both carbonated soft drinks and commonly-used prescription sleeping pills can lead to nighttime heartburn, possibly indicative of a severe degree of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), according to researchers.

Heartburn is a symptom of the reflux of acidic stomach content back into the esophagus, and chronic gastroesophageal reflux can lead to inflammation of the esophagus, scarring, and even precancerous or cancerous changes within the esophagus. When heartburn occurs at night, it is considered to be suggestive of a more serious or advanced form of reflux disease. Heartburn during sleep can also cause nighttime awakening, sleep loss, and daytime sleepiness.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/1/2014