Raising the bed to prevent nocturnal reflux: what's your ideal height?

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Rod61
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   Posted 10/14/2013 4:51 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi all,

I recently bought a set of furniture risers online, but on receiving them found that they only could be safely stacked to a height of 3 inches. And fitting them has proved no defence against a recent recurrence of my reflux issues which I thought I had overcome. Looking around the internet, it seems probable that 3 inches is not high enough to be effective but at the same time, lifting the head of the bed too much could be physically uncomfortable.

So for those who have raised their bed in an attempt to deal with reflux issues, what do you think is the ideal height? And in your case how effective was raising the bed in preventing nocturnal reflex?

All recommendations gratefully received, thanks in advance, Rod :-)

Post Edited (Rod61) : 10/14/2013 4:06:54 AM (GMT-6)


stkitt
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   Posted 10/14/2013 11:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Good Morning, If I am correct, the number that sticks in my mind is raising the head of the bed 6 inches.  I found this product that looks pretty interesting but does come with a price that would be higher than just risers.  It is worth checking out IMHO. Also this product has elevation options of 2, 4, and 6 inches.
 
 
I had frequent reflux at night but used only pillows and that was not comfortable as only my head was elevate and I had to stay on my back.
 
This is FYI only as I do not recommend or use this product.  It is just another option.
 
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diaba
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   Posted 10/14/2013 2:24 PM (GMT -6)   
I didn't notice much difference with 2 & 1/2 inches, but did get a lot of help with the heartburn at 4 & 1/2 inches( 2 2" bricks and 1/2 inch rubber)
 
Problem for me was the higher height I got burning in my hands and feet and felt kind of drunk the next day. Like my heart couldn't pump against gravity all night long. Might just be me though, I do also have ms/lyme and am in bed 12 hours a night.
 
It would be worth a try for you, I bought 4 bricks at home depot for under $3,added the 1/2inch of rubber because the bed felt too hard with just the bricks under the legs.

reet22
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   Posted 10/15/2013 5:16 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi ozigirl like you I have an electric bed but when I raise the head, during the night I slide down making it very uncomfortable how do you overcome this?

nvrthesame98
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   Posted 10/15/2013 6:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Before I got my adjustable bed I blocked my bed for years, that or I was going to spend every night in a recliner!

I used 3x6's and two stacked and nailed together so they couldn't slip off. I suppose 6 would be the total height, anything more and I found I just slipped down in the hole when I turned on my side.

Good luck but if possible look into an adjustable bed since many folks have other problems with arthritis and spine chocking the bed puts too much pressure on other areas.
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Rod61
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   Posted 10/15/2013 11:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks all :-)

In the end I decided to go for 7 inches - the priority being to stop the nocturnal reflux at all costs. I used a combination of bricks and the risers I'd bought. Last night it worked but too soon to tell if it's an effective solution. I didn't feel uncomfortable while I was in bed, but like diaba I did feel strange the following morning. Maybe it takes time getting used to.

diaba
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   Posted 10/16/2013 12:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Did you have the burning hands/feet(and some in legs and arms) too? Or was it the feeling kind of out of it? Was it any better the next night?

Rod61
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   Posted 10/16/2013 2:43 PM (GMT -6)   
No burning hands/feet, but I did feel out of it the first night. Having said that, I have also recently been prescribed medication to take late at night which may also explain that feeling the next morning. And this morning was actually better, so I may be getting used to the new height.

But unfortunately, even with 7 inches elevation, the reflux came back last night.

diaba
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   Posted 10/19/2013 9:38 PM (GMT -6)   
that's discouraging, 7 inches is pretty high. Is is working any better yet?
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