Finding Relief: How Adjustable Beds Can Help Alleviate Acid Reflux

Finding Relief: How Adjustable Beds Can Help Alleviate Acid Reflux

Acid reflux, also known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), is a common digestive disorder that affects millions of people worldwide. It occurs when the lower oesophageal sphincter (LES) doesn't close properly, allowing stomach acid and food to flow back up into the oesophagus. This can cause uncomfortable symptoms such as heartburn, chest pain, and difficulty swallowing.

While there are many lifestyle changes and medications that can help manage acid reflux, one often-overlooked solution is an adjustable bed. In this article, we'll explore how an adjustable bed can help alleviate the symptoms of acid reflux and improve your quality of life.

What is Acid Reflux?

Before we look into the benefits of an adjustable bed, it's important to understand what causes acid reflux. In a healthy digestive system, the LES acts as a barrier between the stomach and the oesophagus which prevents acid and food from blowing back up. However, when the LES is weakened or relaxed, it allows acid to escape easily which can cause irritation to the oesophagus. 

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What causes Acid Reflux?

There are many different factors that can contribute to a person experiencing acid reflux which sometimes aren't explainable. However, there are several factors that can contribute to acid reflux and make it worse, these include:

  • Overeating or consuming large meals
  • Eating too quickly
  • Eating too close to bedtime
  • Drinking alcohol or caffeine
  • Smoking
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Being stressed or anxious
  • Pregnancy
  • Certain medications and painkillers

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Symptoms can vary from person to person, but common ones include:

  • Heartburn
  • Chest pain
  • Regurgitation
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Sore throat
  • Chronic cough

While occasional acid reflux is normal, If you keep experiencing it or have severe symptoms, you may wish to speak with a health professional who can advise further.

How an Adjustable Bed Can Help

As the name suggests, adjustable beds have a variety of adjustments which allow you to choose the best position for comfort. Normal beds have a flat lying surface and do not offer the same level of comfort and support. 

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When you sleep on a flat surface, gravity doesn't work in your favour which means that stomach acid can travel up into your oesophagus. However, with an adjustable bed you can elevate the backrest to lift your head up which allows gravity to prevent acid flowing back up. This makes adjustable beds a more practical solution to those who suffer with acid reflux rather than using pillows to lift the head up. 

In addition to helping with acid reflux, an adjustable bed can also improve your overall sleep quality. By offering a variety of different positions, adjustable beds allow you to get comfortable quickly by alleviating pressure on the joints. Adjustable beds can help improve circulation which can contribute to a better night's sleep.

Choosing the right Adjustable Bed

If you're considering an adjustable bed to help with acid reflux, there are a few things to keep in mind when choosing the right one for you.

Here are some key factors to consider:

Angle: Look for an adjustable bed that allows you to elevate the head of your bed to at least 30 degrees. This angle has been shown to be effective in reducing acid reflux symptoms.

Durability: Like you would for most pieces of furniture, it's worth doing your research and buying an adjustable bed that is made of high-quality materials so you can enjoy it for years to come. 

Comfort: Consider how comfortable you find the bed. Adjustable beds are considered an investment so it's important you find it comfortable to ensure you get a great night's sleep.

Tips for Managing Acid Reflux

While an adjustable bed can be a helpful tool in managing acid reflux, there are other lifestyle changes that can also be beneficial to help acid reflux and heartburn.

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These include:

  • Eater, smaller meals more frequently
  • Avoid eating before going to bed
  • Avoid eating spicy foods, or acidic foods that can trigger heartburn 
  • Try and find ways to relax 
  • Wear loose fitted clothing

How Opera Can Help 

If you or your loved one are looking for an adjustable bed our experts can help. Our range of adjustable beds are designed to enhance your comfort and make life easier. If you're looking for an adjustable bed, we have over 20 years of expereince finding the best solution.

Our helpful bed experts can take you through a consultation call, or why not book a showroom visit and try our beds. 

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