A bitter taste in the mouth, a chronic cough, sore throat, fatigue ... if you're waking every morning with these symptoms of nighttime heartburn, you want relief.
Millions experience heartburn and the more serious condition gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) daily. And research shows that nighttime heartburn affects nearly four out of five of heartburn sufferers -- disturbing sleep and impairing their ability to function the next day.
Not everyone with GERD has heartburn, but the primary symptoms of GERD are heartburn, regurgitation, and nausea.
Heartburn usually is described as a burning pain in the middle of the chest. It may start high in the abdomen or may extend up the neck or back. Sometimes the pain may be sharp or pressure-like, rather than burning. Such pain can mimic heart pain (angina). Typically, heartburn related to GERD is seen more commonly after a meal. Other symptoms of GERD include:
SOURCES: American Gastroenterological Association: "Nighttime Heartburn." WebMD Feature: "Tips for Sleep Without Heartburn." WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise: "Heartburn - Prevention." WebMD: The Magazine Feature: "Severe Heartburn? It May Be GERD." WebMD Medical Reference provided in collaboration with The Cleveland Clinic: "Digestive Diseases: Preventing and Managing Heartburn."