It’s possible to prevent stomach pain and nausea while sleeping with a few simple lifestyle changes. Eating the right foods, at the right time, and avoiding triggers such as alcohol, caffeine and nicotine can help. You can try changing your sleeping positions, because lying down can have an adverse affect on the efficiency of the gastrointestinal tract. Also, stress can have a negative impact on most of the body’s systems, so work with regular effort to reduce your stress levels.
Body and Environment Changes
Maintain a healthy weight. Excess body fat can put pressure on the stomach, which can push acid up into the esophagus, causing stomach pain and discomfort.
Change the position of your body while sleeping. Elevate the head of your bed by placing a hard, flat object under the frame legs at the head. You can use several books or cinder blocks.
Take any necessary medications with your meal, unless otherwise directed by your physician.
Eat dinner two to three hours before bedtime. Avoid fatty or greasy food. Make dinner an easy-to-digest meal with the proper balance of protein, healthy fat and carbohydrates.
Meditate before bedtime to reduce stress. Listening to a guided meditation can make this easier to accomplish. Writing in a journal can also release the cares of the day and prepare the body and mind for sleep.
Limit triggers such as alcohol, caffeine or nicotine in the hours before sleep.
During the Night
Apply acupressure for nausea when awakened. To find the nausea point, starting at the wrist crease on the inside of the forearm, lay the pointer and index fingers side-by-side. Apply pressure with your thumb at that point in the middle of the measurement for a few minutes.
Drink ginger or chamomile tea to soothe the stomach.
Have a snack, something that is easy for you to digest.
References and ResourcesDr. Andrew Weil
"Acupuncutue Desk Reference;" David Kuoch; 2007
Natural Herbs Guide