5 Powerful Tips for Sleeping With GERD - Don’t go to bed right after eating. It’s a good idea to eat your last meal before bed approximately 3-4 hours before going to sleep. This allows your stomach to fully digest your meal and lessens the chances that you’ll have stomach contents reflux into your esophagus because your stomach is more likely to be empty. Watch what you’re eating. Lower fat, less acidic foods tend to be easier on the stomach and are easier to digest.