Original article by Victoria Wolk
Having a big meal before retiring for the night or late night snacking can be hazardous for your health; and not only because your Mother told you to refrain from such practices. The old wives’ tale that the food would ‘’lie in your stomach and give you nightmares’’ may not be accurate, but it can cause something that will definite be a source of discomfort. It is something called ‘’silent reflux’’.
Victoria Wolk explains: ‘’No doubt you’re familiar with acid reflux, which occurs when digestive juices back up into the chest and/or throat and cause a burning sensation. But there’s also something called “silent reflux,” which is different from common heartburn. It has the same causes but without the usual symptoms. Instead of indigestion, sufferers get sore throats, chronic coughs, and have difficulty swallowing.” 
Wolk continues to discuss the findings of Jamie Koufman, a New York City laryngologist. She discovered that nearly 50% of Americans suffer from silent reflux and they do not even realize it. Koufman continues to say that: “The single greatest risk factor is, by far, the time that people eat dinner”  and suggests that we should be “having supper no later than 3 hours before bed”. 
In addition to restricting your final meal of the day to no less than 3 hours before bedtime, Wolk adds that one should avoid snacking before going to sleep and, if you cannot resist the temptation, there are 8 types of food that one should definitely not have:
- Fatty foods
[The reasons why Wolk suggests avoidance of these foods before bedtime is detailed in the original article. Read it here.]
This, of course, doesn’t mean that one should go to sleep hungry. From time to time we will all be struck by sudden cravings at midnight. The secret is to choose wisely. Dr. Koufman suggests that you select food low in acid like bananas or a bowl of low-sugar cereal with low-fat milk. She says that she is, herself, partial to soothing chamomile tea.