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A 25-year-old male asked:

woke up with my chest bone hurting, could this be trapped wind? as im only 25 yo. i enjoy snacking while reading just before going to sleep.

3 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Parham Gharagozlou
Sleep Medicine 9 years experience
Snacking before slee: I don't speculate about your chest pain. Wanted to let you know that snacking before sleep has multiple problems associated to it and you should not do that. Maybe at most half a glass of skim milk that is warm.
Dr. Shariq Refai
Psychiatry 13 years experience
Depends: Does it hurt only when you touch it? Or is it a vague hurt? It is never appropriate to eat while laying down. Yes this could just be gas, if it is usually it should resolve within the day. If it is more and it continues then see your physician.
Dr. Albert Pizzo
Family Medicine 60 years experience
Chest pain: May be related to eating while lying down. Food can regurgitate and irritate your esophagus which is just behind the chest bone. Don't eat anything for three hours before bed time. Try Tums (calcium carbonate) for pain. If that doesn't help, see your md.

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Last updated Feb 18, 2015

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