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Living with GERD or Acid Reflux? Try this elevated sleeping solution!

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Mattress Genie Incline Sleep System provides users with the doctor recommended incline to get relief from symptoms associated with Acid Reflux, GERD, Heartburn

It has happened to nearly all of us. You return home from a delicious meal out and are ready for a peaceful night of sleep. You drift off and before you know it, you wake up with a burning pain in your chest and throat that makes it impossible to fall back to sleep. This struggle is all too common as it is estimated that nearly 70% of adults in the United States experience this on occasion and that for 1 in 3 Americans, the condition is chronic.

Imagine if you could halt the pain and discomfort associated with GERD and acid reflux with the touch of a button. With the Mattress Genie Incline Sleep System, now you can.

GERD and acid reflux symptoms are often occur more frequently at night when lying in bed because our bodies are in a horizontal position – our stomach and head are at approximately the same level. This position makes it easy for the highly acidic contents of the stomach to flow into the esophagus, causing the painful sensation of heartburn. More importantly, when the contents of the stomach do move into the esophagus, they tend to stay longer than they would during the day when gravity helps pull them back into the stomach. The longer they are in contact with the esophagus, the more time they have to damage the cellular lining. Symptoms of nighttime reflux can be quite severe and wake even the soundest of sleepers, preventing many from getting a full night’s rest, which can lead to other health problems and reduced quality of life if your sleep is interrupted often enough.

In addition to losing weight, avoiding trigger foods and limiting caffeine and alcohol intake, one of the most frequently recommended ways to lessen the uncomfortable and painful symptoms of GERD and acid reflux is to elevate the body while sleeping. According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information’s Dr. Laura Gerson, “Head-of-bed elevation has been shown to be effective in terms of improving pH as well as GERD symptoms. Head-of-bed elevation is effective, particularly for subjects with nocturnal GERD, because of the fact that stomach contents containing acid will more likely reflux into the esophagus while patients are lying flat without the beneficial effect of gravity. Head-of-bed elevation has been associated with significantly fewer and shorter reflux episodes, faster acid clearing, and fewer reflux symptoms.”

Considering how effective an elevated sleeping position is in lessening and preventing the symptoms of nighttime acid reflux and GERD, there are several solutions that can help you achieve the doctor recommended height of 6 to 8 inches. Putting blocks under the head of bed is a simple and cheap way to raise your sleeping surface, however, this can be difficult to do if you are alone or elderly and the front legs of your bed may not be strong enough to support the added pressure of the head of the bed being at an incline. Piling up pillows or using a foam wedge may seem like an easy fix, but this can actually be counterproductive as this position may cause your body to bend at the waist, adding to the upward pressure. Pillows can also shift during the night and wedges can be unattractive and prohibitive to sleeping with a partner. Adjustable beds are an option but are often not in the budget. We think we’ve come up with the perfect solution.

Our new Mattress Genie Incline Sleep System is an inflatable bed wedge that is easy to install under any type of mattress and inflates easily by using the illuminated remote control. This full body support solution elevates your upper torso and hips up to 8 inches, the optimal incline for treating heartburn and indigestion and is perfect for both back, side and multi-positional sleepers. When not in use, the Mattress Genie Incline Sleep System can be fully deflated, giving the appearance of any normal mattress. Standard bed wedges are shorter in length than the ISS and can limit the sleeping surface, causing an unnatural bend at the hips which can increase pressure on the lower back and legs. The gentle slope provided by the Mattress Genie ISS virtually eliminates the danger of slipping and sliding down as can occur when using a foam bed wedge or pillows.

There are many advantages to elevation therapy: it will reduce nighttime reflux episodes, promote faster acid clearing in the event of a reflux episode, and shorten the duration of stomach contents being in contact with the delicate lining of the esophagus which will promote healing. Complications from nighttime reflux should be reduced resulting in improved quality of sleep which is so vital to our health and wellbeing. Visit https://www.contourliving.com/mattress-genie-incline-sleep-system-bed-wedge/ to learn more. Pre-order your Mattress Genie Incline Sleep System before they are available for retail sale and receive free expedited delivery. All of our Contour Branded products are covered under our 45 Day Comfort Guarantee and 1 Year Manufacturer’s Warranty. Start experiencing relief from the symptoms of acid reflux and GERD today with the Mattress Genie Incline Sleep System!

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