How to raise your bed to ease acid reflux

Updated April 17, 2017

Acid reflux disease is no fun--especially when you're trying to sleep. It's bad enough to have stomach acid backing up into your throat, burning and leaving a bitter taste, but it's worse when it keeps you tossing and turning late into the night. Keeping your head elevated while you sleep is a simple but effective way to manage the symptoms of acid reflux.

Adjust the head of your bed. Try a slight angle first, such as 10 or 15 degrees--just enough to get your oesophagus above your stomach while allowing you to sleep comfortably.

Try a few nights in the bed and observe your symptoms.

Increase the angle if symptoms persist. According to the Mayo Clinic, raising your head and torso anywhere from 6 to 9 inches should do the trick.

Ask your doctor to recommend a foam wedge. There are hundreds out there, and chances are your doctor can recommend a good one.

Assess your needs. Some pillows have memory foam, some don't. Some have flat surfaces, some have back and neck supports. Price is also a factor; some pillows cost £13 and others well more than £65.

Place the wedge at the top of the bed. Your head should be almost flush with the edge, and your shoulders and back should feel well supported.

Have a friend or lift the headboard of the bed. You will need to get the legs a little more than six inches off the ground.

Place one riser under each leg of the headboard.

Set the legs of the headboard down onto the risers. The leg should fit securely into the cup on the riser.

Things You'll Need

  • Foam wedge
  • Two 6-inch bed risers with recessed cups
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John Zaremba began writing professionally in 1997. He has worked at some of the country's finest small daily newspapers, including "The Beacon News" and "The Patriot Ledger." Zaremba is a graduate of the University of Illinois.