• By Jeff Olsen

Mayo Clinic Minute: 3 hours from heartburn

June 13, 2017

man holding his hand to his chest in pain maybe having a heart attack or heartburnThe old saying “timing is everything” is definitely true for your eating and sleeping routines.

"Eating right before bed is not a good idea," says Dr. Joseph Murray, a Mayo Clinic gastroenterologist. "Digestion is not meant to be going on during our sleep. It’s meant to be going on while we’re awake."

Dr. Murray says bedtime snacking can increase the chance for heartburn, especially in men, and can lead to a restless night.

In this Men's Health Week report, Dr. Murray explains why, if you stop eating sooner, you'll likely start sleeping better. Jeff Olsen reports in today's Mayo Clinic Minute.

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