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“You should be focusing on eating three meals a day, with the last meal being the lightest of the three, with at least 3 hours before going to sleep,” Dr. Gioffre says. Eating causes secretion of acid in the stomach which then goes to the esophagus. “The body has to be awake to get rid of it,  Dr. Karl Doghramji, Director of the Sleep Disorders Center at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, says. “That’s just how physiology works.”