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iVillage.com: 10 Surprising Ways to Get a Better Night’s Sleep

Slow Down at Dinner

People with heartburn were 50 percent more likely to wake up repeatedly during the night, according to a British study. Since their nighttime reflux was so mild that it wasn’t causing a strong burning sensation, they had no idea stomach acid was the culprit for insomnia. According to UCLA research, you can cut your risk of sleep-sabotaging heartburn by at least 32 percent if you spend a half hour enjoying your dinner, instead of polishing it off in less than 10 minutes. “Slow, leisurely eating really is better for your digestion, and it’s better for your sleep, too!” says Patricia Raymond, M.D., a gastroenterologist at Eastern Virginia Medical School.

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