Alleviation by Elevation: Sleeping Positions to Help You Rest Better at Night

Alleviate Acid Reflux with Head Elevated SleepIn previous posts, we discussed how sleeping at an incline can help reduce the pains of sleep apnea, snoring, Acid Reflux, and GERD. However, did you know that elevated sleeping may also provide some relief for Osteoarthritis and Spinal Stenosis as well as help your body digest food better during the night?

Approximately 50 million Americans suffer from some form of arthritis, but for those with Osteoarthritis, sleep can be hard to come by when pain persists in the hips, knees, hands, feet, and spine. Osteoarthritis (meaning arthritis of the bone), is the most common and most painful form of arthritis.

According to Spine-Health, it is also the most frequently disabling. To help alleviate some of the pain caused by pressure on the joints, SpineHealth suggests sleeping in a reclining chair or an adjustable bed that allows the head and knees to be elevated.

Spinal Stenosis, in addition to causing pain in the spine, can cause pain in the neck or lower back depending on the type of spinal stenosis. Stenosis comes from the Greek word for “choking,” which is not something you want to worry about at night (or ever). For spinal Stenosis, SpineHealth also suggests the following methods of sleeping to reduce pain from this condition: sleep on your side with your knees curled up (in the fetal position) to help relieve pressure on the nerve root, or sleep in a reclining chair or an adjustable bed that allows your head and knees to be elevated in order to relieve pressure on the nerve.

In addition to helping ease the pain of Spinal Stenosis and Osteoarthritis, elevated sleep can be an easy way to help your body digest food at night. According to the Mayo Clinic, sufferers of heartburn at night can find some relief from sleeping with their heads elevated by approximately 6 to 9 inches.

Livestrong also states that elevating your body while sleeping helps gravity to decrease the pain and discomfort that can be caused by heartburn. This sleep position also keeps stomach acid from flowing into your esophagus, which is the primary cause of heartburn.

Remember, always consult your doctor before trying any method.

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Gravity1st™  Elevated Sleep Solutions is not intended to prevent, cure or treat any disease. If your doctor recommends elevating your head to achieve a restful night’s sleep, then the Gravity mattress may be the perfect solution. Any medical condition should be treated according to the instructions of your healthcare provider. Gravity, it’s not just a good idea … it’s the Law!

Sources: http://www.spine-health.com/ and http://www.livestrong.com/article/69972-sleeping-positions-better-digestion/