How to elevate the head of a bed to ease acid reflux

Written by amy davidson
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Acid reflux is a painful affliction that can affect you any time of day. Nighttime can be especially difficult for those who suffer reflux, as the burning sensation can keep you awake and in discomfort for a large portion of the night. One remedy for nighttime reflux is to try elevating the head of the bed, which will help keep acid down as you sleep. Elevating the bed can be done in a few steps.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Bricks, bed post elevators, something solid to elevate the bed
  • Assistance, to help lift the bed

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  1. 1

    Find something solid, such as bricks or wood planks, to help hold up the bed. You want to insure you use something solid and substantial and avoid anything that the bed's legs can fall through.

  2. 2

    Take any wheels off your bed. Since you typically want to keep your bed in one place anyway, remove any wheels on your bed. Since the bed will be strategically propped up, any accidental movement can cause a disastrous fall.

  3. 3

    Have a friend help you lift up the head of the bed six or seven inches. One of you should hold the bed while the other places the blocks underneath. If you are using bricks, stack three or four on either corner and one more stack in the centre will do the trick. You want to make sure there is support in the centre as well as the corners to avoid drooping or slipping.

Tips and warnings

  • You can also try specially made wedges that elevate your body, instead of lifting the bed. Wedges can be found online or at bedding stores.
  • Sleeping on your left side can help prevent acid reflux as well.
  • Avoid eating right before bed, which can increase chances of acid reflux.
  • If you have reoccurring acid reflux you should see your doctor, as it may be a sign of something more serious.

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