Ideally, say researchers, the last meal of the day should be eaten six hours before you go to bed if you are a GERD sufferer and you want a trouble-free sleep. GERD sufferers who eat just two hours before bedtime are almost certainly going to experience digestion pains in the night.
Researchers tested the theory on a group of 30 GERD patients who were given a 'standard meal' six hours before bedtime on one day, and then two hours before bed on the following day. Their stomach acid levels were measured over a 48-hour period with a pH system.
Interestingly, the researchers' idea of a standard meal was a McDonald's Big Mac, fries and a can of carbonated drink!
(Source: American Journal of Gastroenterology, 2007; 102: 2128-34).