People with frequent heartburn (74% of frequent heartburn sufferers overall) report that certain foods and beverages can trigger their heartburn. According to the survey, acidic foods (41%), spicy foods (32%), rich or fatty foods (24%), caffeinated beverage (16%), alcohol (7%) and dairy products (7%) trigger frequent heartburn episodes. Eating too quickly, overeating / eating large meals and being overweight are also related heartburn triggers.
You may experience worsening or more frequent heartburn if you routinely eat late at night. Try to eat at least 2-3 hours before bedtime so your body has time to digest before you lie down. Also, elevating the head of your bed may provide additional relief. According to a new heartburn incidence survey, 42% of frequent heartburn sufferers report trouble sleeping because of this condition.