Sleeping on holidays / with GERD

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   Posted 2/26/2012 9:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi all,

Hope someone can share some gerd travelling tips :)

Doctors recommend (and with good reason) to sleep on a bed with a raised frame.
In my house I just placed blocks under the head of the bed; and ever since I manage to sleep without chocking into my own reflux.

However finding a 'raised' bed might not be as easy if you are on holidays or business trips.
So what has worked for you to find some sleep during those days when you are not home?

You just live with your reflux during those days?
Or you carry a wedge pillow with you?
or you carry blocks to raise the bed yourself in case the hotel refuses to do so? :))
or there are some sort of GERD-friendly hotels??

Thanks for sharing

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   Posted 2/26/2012 9:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi ChrisJ,
Wedge pillows are a must, and you can use additional pillows to gradually prop up your upper body.  It's not as comfy as your own home elevated bed, but it'll do. 
If you're going to a hotel request additional pillows to help with your GERD nest...
Happy holiday!

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   Posted 2/27/2012 12:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Christian,

At hotels, I do as Denise has suggested and ask for extra pillows. I am also extra careful on vacation to make sure not to eat for 5 hours before bed to avoid such a situation... sucks, I know :(

Also, if I'm staying at someone's house, I usually nab a couch cushion (the big ones that you sit on or the ones that go behind your back) and that helps quite a bit. Most people are quite understanding, but if it seems strange to ask or something, just grab one after everyone goes to bed.

Have a nice holiday :)

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   Posted 3/1/2012 7:36 AM (GMT -6)   
There are wedge pillows available that fold for travel - an excellent one is MedSlant. It is long so it supports you through the torso and comes in a travel bag. You can get it on amazon or at

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   Posted 3/4/2012 11:02 AM (GMT -6)   
If I am travelling on my own I invariably end up in a double room. I place the spare pillows from the other half of the bed under the top end of the mattress so that the whole mattress is sloped rather than sleeping on a wedge pillow which only allows you to sleep on your back - something I have never managed to do. This way I can still sleep on my side and it saves carrying an extra item with you. Not worked out what I'll do when my wife travels with me other than asking for extra pillows....

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   Posted 3/4/2012 12:58 PM (GMT -6)   
When staying in hotels I just ask for extra pillows and almost always have a king size bed.  With 6 pillows I can build a nice nest and avoid laying too flat.
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