How to Prevent Stomach Pain and Nausea While Sleeping

Stomach pain and nausea is the last thing you want when you're just trying to get a good night's sleep. Eating the right foods at the right time and avoiding triggers like alcohol, caffeine and nicotine can help. Also, reducing stress levels can go a long way in keeping stomach problems in check and letting you rest.

Before Bed

Eat dinner two to three hours before bedtime. Avoid fatty or greasy food and instead choose 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 like alcohol, caffeine or nicotine in the hours before sleep.

During the Night

If you wake up in the middle of the night nauseous, apply acupressure. 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 easy to digest.


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.