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Heartburn FAQs (cont.)

Why do I always get heartburn at night?

Heartburn usually starts about 30-60 minutes after a meal. It can occur at any time of day or night, but the pain is usually worse when lying down, so a person will notice it more when he or she is lying on the sofa, in a recliner, or in bed. Bending over or straining to go to the bathroom also may make heartburn worse. At night, saliva is not produced and the movement of the esophagus (peristalsis) decreases.

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