Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) Pillows

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What Is The Best Solution For Acid Reflux Night Sleeping, Pillow or Mattress?

I have been asked many times if sleeping on a bed wedge, propping up pillows, or lifting the head of the bed via a mattress wedge, which is better?

What’s the difference between a bed wedge and mattress wedge? A bed wedge goes on top of the mattress, a mattress wedge, also known as an under the mattress wedge, lifts the mattress thereby gradually inclines the entire sleeping area.

Let’s start with the worst solution and why.

Propping your self up with many pillows: I have been told by a doctor this doesn’t work well or is even counter productive with regard to Acid Reflux and here are the reasons;

1. Propping yourself up on many pillows forces you to bend at the waist which adds upward pressure. Therefore you are adding pressure within the stomach and likely to Reflux. The good part is it will drain faster, but it is better not to Reflux then relying on back up. Over all, I have been told using multiple pillows is a no no.

2. Wedge pillows for GERD, work as long as you don’t roll off the pillow, knock it off the bed and end up sleeping on a flat surface. Another problem with a wedge pillow is you could only sleep comfortably on your back, which in itself can promote snoring, which in turn can end up pulling stomach content right out of your stomach like a straw. Reference Dr. Steven Park in his book “Sleep Interrupted”.

3. Lifting the head of the bed is the best solution because you could sleep on your back (not the best position), sleep on your side, or stomach. Additionally, you are not sleeping on a foam you are sleeping on your mattress. It seems counter productive to spend a great deal of money on a mattress to buy a wedge to sleep on.

 

 

 

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