How to raise your bed to ease acid reflux

Written by john zaremba
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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.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Foam wedge
  • Two 6-inch bed risers with recessed cups

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    With An Adjustable Bed

  1. 1

    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.

  2. 2

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

  3. 3

    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.

    With A Foam Wedge

  1. 1

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

  2. 2

    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.

  3. 3

    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.

    With Risers

  1. 1

    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.

  2. 2

    Place one riser under each leg of the headboard.

  3. 3

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

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