Is It Bad To Lay Down After Eating?

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Obi Obadike

Obi Obadike

Celebrity Fitness & Nutrition Expert, CFT, SFN, M.S. Founder & CEO – Ethical Inc.
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Is it bad to lay down after eating? When you lay down after eating a meal stomach acid can rise and cause discomfort and this is known as (GERD), gastroesophageal reflux disease. GERD is when stomach acid travels back into your esophagus.

There was a 2005 American Journal Of Gastroenterology study with patients that had GERD. And it advised them to wait 3 hours before laying down after eating to avoid the symptoms of GERD.

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Here are some of the common causes of indigestion:

  • Overeating
  • Eating too quickly
  • Spicy foods
  • Carbonated beverages
  • Greasy foods
  • Smoking
  • Anxiety
  • Drinking Alcohol

Some of the common symptoms of indigestion are bloating, gas, abdominal pain, nausea, feeling full after eating a large meal, etc. It is important to understand that indigestion can be caused by other health conditions such as:

  • Celiac disease
  • Gallstones
  • Stomach cancer
  • Constipation
  • Peptic ulcers
  • Pancreatis

There are some simple lifestyle changes you can do to help indigestion which is:

  • Exercising regularly
  • Avoid pain medications such as aspirin, ibuprofen, Advil, Aleve, etc.
  • Managing stress or anxiety.
  • Minimizing caffeine and alcohol
  • Try to avoid foods that may trigger your indigestion.

The Bottom Line is you should wait at least 3 hours after you eat before lying down to avoid GERD, which is gastroesophageal reflux disease.

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