Best way to sleep elevated

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robspect
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   Posted 9/6/2012 1:53 PM (GMT -6)   
My doctor said I should sleep elevated to help with my reflux at night. I bought a wedge on amazon that had good reviews but it's as hard as a rock. Any suggestions on other wedges. I know I could put blocks under the head of my bed but I'm not sure what my wife would think of it. Anybody have any other nighttime positioning tips? my reflux is pretty well managed during the day. Just the nighttime has been killing me.

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   Posted 9/6/2012 2:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi robspect, I put my normal pillow at the top of the wedge.

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   Posted 9/6/2012 3:30 PM (GMT -6)   
The pillow is a good idea. I also sleep on the left side, there is something about the position that helps keep the acid in your stomach.
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robspect
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   Posted 9/6/2012 4:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the input. I might need to get a smaller pillow if I want to use it on my wedge since mine's pretty big.

Erica, when you say sleep on my left side, do mean on my wedge or flat on my bed? I've tried sleeping on my side on the wedge but it's not that comfortable (I tore my right rotator cuff playing rugby in college). I also find myself sliding down it or i always end up on my back, which I find it's great for my reflux.

I'll try sleeping more on my left side. I'm usually on my right side so i can face/snuggle my wife. If left side works better maybe I'll have us switch sides (even though we've been on the same sides of the bed for almost 7 years).

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   Posted 9/6/2012 7:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Try without the wedge on the left side. See what happens. With GERD everything is trial and error unfortunately
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   Posted 9/6/2012 9:08 PM (GMT -6)   
I used a wedge. That I bought from Amazon & 2 pillows.

robspect
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   Posted 9/7/2012 1:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Amo, do you mind sharing which wedge you bought? The are sooo many out there. do you like it? Are the pillows you got just regular pillows? I assume you put one on the top of the wedge for your head. What do you do with the other? Thanks.

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   Posted 9/7/2012 10:25 AM (GMT -6)   
I have my bed elevated but I also have 3 pillows I prop up on. I have 2 pillows on the bottom and one on top. I haven't tried a wedge but this works for me most of the time. When that doesn't work, I sleep in the recliner.
Michelle

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robspect
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   Posted 9/7/2012 12:38 PM (GMT -6)   
It sounds like maybe I need to buy a couple of more pillows to try this. My nighttime reflux seems to only happen during the first couple of hours of the night. Is that normal? since I don't love sleeping propped up maybe I only need to use my wedge part of the night? It drives me crazy when I try to use it all night, but maybe I don't need too.

erica, I did try starting on my left side last night and it did seem to help. thx.

ericapeace2000
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   Posted 9/7/2012 12:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Rob: It helps me as well, but I also use the wedge and sleep on my side. I sometimes flip to my back in my sleep but I try and stay on the left side. Sleeping with reflux is difficult. I also chew one tablet of Gaviscon Advance (from UK, bought from Amazon.com) before bed and that has helped.
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Lilred08
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   Posted 9/8/2012 8:29 PM (GMT -6)   
I also use a wedge pillow that is kinda hard (I'll get the brand to you since I bought it at a local medical store and don't have the name right here) so I put a regular pillow on top of it to give me the softness. I lay on my left side most of the night this way.

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   Posted 9/8/2012 11:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi robspect,
I've used a wedge and an elevated head-of-bed, and for me it's no contest.  The elevated bed is much more comfortable and less hard on the back.  My husband got used to it, and it's no problem for him.  Since most people get occasional reflux, it doesn't hurt him to be elevated, too!
 
I still use my wedge when I travel.  I've had the Nissen surgery (3 years ago) but continue to sleep with an elevated bed at the wishes of my asthma doctor.  It doesn't take much reflux to cause lung effects, and some reflux is possible after surgery.  Actually, I've become so accustomed to an elevated head of bed or wedge that I feel oddly uncomfortable when sleeping flat!
 
Good luck with finding a comfortable sleep position!
Denise
 

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   Posted 9/10/2012 12:05 AM (GMT -6)   
I sleep on a wedge pillow that I bought on Ebay.  The only name that I can find on it is Boyd Specialty Sleep, Inc.  It is pretty hard, but I got used to I fairly quickly.  I have a small memory foam pillow that I put at the top of the wedge.  It is fairly comfortable when I use the smaller pillow with it.

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   Posted 9/10/2012 12:08 PM (GMT -6)   
I tried using the wedge pillow but found I'm more comfortable just using two pillows. I kind of sit up and slide the pillow down as far as I can almost to my butt (I found this supports my back good), then I take a smaller, really soft pillow to sink my head into - I sleep really good like this. As for sleeping on left side, I've heard that before and did try it, but it didn't work for me, I still woke up with reflux. I guess it might help some people though so it's worth trying. Good luck in finding a comfortable position to sleep elevated.

phil-uk
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   Posted 9/10/2012 1:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi again rob, my wedge pillow is called a Harley matress tilter, about £30 in the UK.
The dimensions are 63cm x 45cm x 13cm (Length x Width x Depth)

Like you, my problems seem to be in the first half of the night. Later on, if I wake up I can discard the wedge. I think this could possibly be to do with the natural increase in stomach acid secretion during early sleep.
Like Erica I go to sleep on the left side.
I take a large dose of Gaviscon before bed.

robspect
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   Posted 9/12/2012 6:19 PM (GMT -6)   
All,
Thanks for all of the suggestions. I'm going to try a few different positions and cushioning techniques and then let you know how it goes.

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   Posted 9/13/2012 10:00 PM (GMT -6)   
I know this isn't always financially possible but we purchased an adjustable bed. I've had acid problems for years, diagnosed with Barrett's several years ago and usually only have acid problems at night. The bed has been amazing. Pillows, wedges, even blocks at the head of the bed didn't work nearly as well. One thing.....if you do purchase one, if your doctor gives you a prescription you don't have to pay sales tax, which can save over a hundred dollars. Good luck

Janie

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   Posted 9/16/2012 10:44 AM (GMT -6)   
I have found that placing a memory foam topper - an extra mattress made from 2"thick memory foam - to be the best solution.

These can either be bought or you can have one made up by your nearest upholsterer to your specifications.

Place this topper on top of the wedge and underneath the sheet. Bliss.

KitKat880
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   Posted 9/17/2012 2:51 PM (GMT -6)   
I have a mattress wedge. It goes between the mattress and box spring. It doesn't really shift around and you can't roll off of it. Unforunately they are kind of pricey ($250.00) and if you share a bed with someone else, it forces them to sleep elevated as well. I tried to elevate my bed with risers, but it put too much stress on the bed.

robspect
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   Posted 9/19/2012 2:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Janiepain, I like the adjustable bed idea (except for the cost). I've helped move someone with one move and it was a total bear too. I really like to read in bed, so I could see the adjustable bed being great for that. As I write this I'm propped up it bed with my wedge against my head board. After a while I notice my butt starting to go numb. Does that happen with an adjustable bed too? Or only if you have the angle too high?

robspect
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   Posted 9/19/2012 2:58 AM (GMT -6)   
KitKat,
I agree $250 is pretty pricey, but not if it lets you sleep. I've thought about using be risers but don't think they would work with the type of legs on my bed. The full bed foam wedge seems like a good compromise. I assume it goes between bed and box spring? I looked it up amazon and found a couple different ones. do you mind sharing the brand you use?

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   Posted 9/19/2012 6:39 AM (GMT -6)   
I use 5 pillows, different firmness and have them laid out to be in the shape of a wedge. Its much softer than a wedge and allows me to adjust them behind my back the way I like as well as under my head and neck the way I prefer. I have been sleeping like this for over 10 years. As for left or right side sleeping, I never found it to be very useful. Either way, I would develop stomach aches and the heartburn would become unbearable. My doctor confirmed this was probably related to the hiatal hernia she found when she did my wrap. I can now sleep fairly comfortable on my sides but have to admit that old habits die hard and I am still sleeping on my angle. I am 3 weeks out of surgery and still have some issues at night but I have been assured that they will get better as I heal.

I would agree its all about trial and error and finding what works best for you! Good Luck to you!
Frustrated and hungry! (Wrapped 8-28-2012)

ericapeace2000
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   Posted 9/19/2012 8:50 AM (GMT -6)   
My bed wedge was around 35 dollars from Amazon and it does help.
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robspect
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   Posted 9/19/2012 2:45 PM (GMT -6)   
The wedge I have was about $40 but it way to hard and I feel like it's too short. I was looking on Amazon during lunch and found a wedge called Bedge, but it's $320! It has the extra length that would seem to be good and the top looks soft. I don't know if it comes with a cover though. That could get pretty nasty after a while. Has any body tried this product? what did you think of it? Is it really worth the extra cost?

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   Posted 9/19/2012 9:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Rob,
I think the adjustable bed was one of our best investments. I also can read in bed with no problem. I've never had a problem with my butt going numb and I can read for hours! Some beds are much more expensive than others. We got the Rize Relaxer (I think that's the one). Also, because we have a king latex mattress, we didn't have to buy new mattresses. The latex bends well enough and was fairly new so it didnt cost us as much as replacing the entire bed set. I cant sit up straight with my husband lying completely flat, but we can definitely raise one side higher than the other with the king mattress. Good luck!
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