We have all experienced restless nights because of a painful burning sensation in our stomach or chest. It is not a very pleasant feeling. What if you could lessen the risk of another restless night due to heartburn?
Research has proven you can reduce acid reflux and heartburn with an adjustable bed.
Of course, eating a healthy diet that suits your body can be the most effective method of preventing heartburn and acid reflux but for some people diet alone cannot solve this. In which case managing the pain with solutions such as an adjustable bed become important.
In this article we will look at how to use an adjustable bed to reduce pain due to heartburn and acid reflux as well as covering other solutions to heartburn and acid reflux.
What is Acid Reflux?
If you could see inside your abdomen, you would see where your stomach and esophagus come together. In this area, there is a valve, a ring of muscle, that is called, “Lower Esophageal Sphincter (LES). When you eat, the LES is supposed to close immediately after food passes through it. This keeps your stomach contents firmly locked inside. If this little ring fails to close completely or doesn’t close at all, stomach acid may move up into your esophagus.
When this occurs, you may feel:
- Burning in Your Chest (Heartburn)
- Like Food is Coming Back Up Into Your Throat
- Foul or Bitter Taste
- Pain That Worsens When You Lie Down or Apply Pressure to Your Stomach
If you have frequent heartburn or acid reflux (two or more times a week), you should first speak with your doctor. They can help you rule out other potential medical concerns.
How to Relieve Acid Reflux or Heartburn Naturally
Most people feel that acid reflux, heartburn, or GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease) is worse after you have enjoyed a large meal or spicy food. This is true. It can contribute to pain, but it is not the only reason you may suffer. Understanding what causes it can help you avoid the burn later. To help, Harvard Medical School offers several suggestions for dealing with acid reflux. They recommend that:
- Spicy foods, tomatoes, onions, and more can all contribute to acid overflowing into your esophagus. Tea, coffee, and carbonated drinks can also make it worse.
- If you eat slowly, you will most likely eat less food. This will eliminate the potential for you to over-indulge at dinner which can save you hours of pain later.
- One of the worst things you can do for yourself is to eat a late, heavy meal and then go to bed. You need to stay up and stay active after eating to help your body use gravity to digest the food properly. Stomach acid cannot rise if you are standing/sitting up. This is also why it is recommended that you sleep in an inclined position if you frequently experience heartburn or acid reflux.
- Certain medications, smoking, alcohol, and other things can increase the risk of heartburn. Again, you should speak with your doctor if you are concerned that medications may be causing your problems. If you smoke or drink alcohol, you may lessen GERD symptoms by quitting.
Medscape, a leading resource for physicians that are interested in clinical trials, also suggests that inclined sleeping can help reduce acid reflux. It may not help everyone at all times, but it certainly will not hurt. Their recommendation is that the bed frame be lifted rather than simply adding more pillows. Extra pillows can cause you to slip downward while you sleep so that you wake up with a sore neck and aching back. The incline does not have to be substantial. Even 6-8 inches can help gravity work more effectively. This is why many people now focus on having an adjustable bed at home.
Will An Adjustable Bed Help Your Heartburn / Acid Reflux?
Adjustable beds offer many benefits. They can relieve swelling, insomnia, high blood pressure, and lessen arthritis pain.
An adjustable bed also allows you to adjust your sleeping position to get a small incline which can help you to combat heartburn and acid reflux. If you use an adjustable bed along with healthier lifestyle choices, you stand to gain a lot of benefits.
For acid reflux or heartburn it is best to use your adjustable bed with the head end raised. This position helps gravity to do it’s job of keeping your stomach acid down in your stomach. It will also lessen the risk of a reflux onset during the night compared to sleeping on a flat mattress.
Fewer nights of suffering through heartburn will mean that you get a better night’s sleep, which will make you feel better throughout the day. The fact that you end up doing more throughout the day can help you shed extra weight. This can also ease the symptoms of GERD.
Choosing the Right Adjustable Bed for heartburn / acid reflux
If you are hoping to reduce acid reflux and heartburn with an adjustable bed you do not need to break the bank – you simply need a bed that achieves the practical role of raising your head. At Made to Last all of our adjustable beds have an electric remote control that allows you to adjust the beds angle at 5 different points. This makes it very easy to simply raise the head to any angle you like.
Then of course if you also suffer from lower back pain then you can deal with that at the same time by raising your legs.
If you ever need help with your new adjustable bed, we can help. If you simply want to learn more about how our adjustable beds can help reduce acid reflux or heartburn then please get in touch.
For more general information about the other health benefits of adjustable beds please read 9 health benefits of sleeping on an adjustable bed.