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Best Adjustable Bed For Acid Reflux (Heartburn/GERD) 

By  Belinda Palmer

There are a million and one adjustable beds to choose from. Most adjustable bed manufacturers claim that their bed is your best bet to relieve you from acid reflux, among other things. But are they all correct? Which one is really the best adjustable bed for acid reflux aka GERD? Read on to find out.

best adjustable beds for GERD heartburn

The best adjustable bed for acid reflux aka GERD

Before we get into manufacturers and models of best adjustable beds to combat GERD, let us look at some basics about this medical condition.

D7500 to Combat Acid Reflux

At this type of inclination, it's near impossible for the acid to reflux in to the esophagus! Currently,  this is the best option for elevation lift adjustable beds. Below is a picture of an Elevation Lift adjustable bed with the platform flattened, but inclined.

Elevation Lift Reclining Bed

What is acid reflux?

Acid reflux is ‘reflux’ of stomach acids (hydrochloric acid) in to the upper esophagus and/or throat. The acids, which are meant to be restricted to the stomach, leaks into the esophagus and then travels up towards the throat. This causes a burning sensation which is often referred to as ‘heartburn’.

acid reflux mechanism

Is heartburn more common in the standing or sleeping posture?

Great question. In the standing position, the acids find it difficult to travel up against gravity. Therefore, acids very rarely go through the esophageal sphincter and into the esophagus in a standing or upright position.

acid reflux in standing position

In contrast, in the sleeping flat position, acids can easily go through the esophageal sphincter and into the upper esophagus. In the flat position, acids don’t have to go up against gravity; they can just passively flow into the esophagus and cause heartburn.

acid reflux in flat sleeping position

What is nighttime heartburn and how does it occur?

When acid reflux occurs at night, especially when one is asleep, it’s called nighttime heartburn.

How do you stop nighttime heartburn?

Medical experts recommend two corrective sleeping postures to prevent acid reflux aka nighttime heartburn aka Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD). They are:

  1. For back-sleepers: sleep in an upward incline with your upper body elevated 6 to 8 inches above the lower body. This sleeping posture will prevent your stomach acid from refluxing against gravity towards the throat.
  2. For side-sleepers: DO NOT sleep on your right side; instead sleep on your left side. Sleeping on your left side with the upper body inclined is even better!acid reflux in inclined sleeping position

The principle behind the above recommendations is really simple as explained on the image above.

Can sleeping on an adjustable bed prevent GERD?

Yes, but not all types of adjustable beds can alleviate heartburn. In the current marketplace of residential adjustable beds, only a couple of models can help with this by facilitating inclination of both the upper body and lower body simultaneously. This is referred to as the reverse Trendelenburg position (RTP). Other adjustable beds can’t do this.

Reverse trendelenburg position

What’s the best adjustable bed for acid reflux and heartburn?

The following two adjustable beds are the best models to combat heartburn/GERD.

  1. D7500 adjustable bed (cheaper option)
  2. Glideaway Elevation adjustable bed (the more Expensive Option)Glideaway adjustable bed reviews

How does the Glideaway adjustable beds prevent GERD?

Best Adjustable Bed for Acid Reflux - Glideaway Elevation electric bed

The Glideaway Elevation and Ascend beds prevent acid reflux by facilitating a comfortable inclined sleeping posture. Other adjustable beds can only tilt the upper half of the bed. In contrast, the Glideaway beds can tilt the entire body. The image below is self-explanatory.

Best adjustable bed for Acid Reflux GERD

  1. Back-sleepers: can sleep inclined all night long or they can even turn to their left or right sides occasionally, as they please.
  2. Side-sleepers: can sleep inclined on left or right recumbency all night long or they can even occasionally lie on their backs or stomachs, as they please.

Are other, ‘regular’ adjustable beds equally good at fighting acid reflux?

Unfortunately, the answer is no. Adjustable beds incapable of elevating or adopting the reverse/anti-Trendelenburg position (RTP) are not as nearly as good as the Glideaway models in preventing acid reflux.

Adjustable beds suitable for Acid Reflux

  1. Back-sleepers: you can sleep inclined for a couple of hours may be. But can you do it for 8 hours? Also, this position kind of folds your body in half just below the stomach. That can potentially further increase the pressure inside the stomach and propel acid into the esophagus.
  2. Side-sleepers: You don’t need to invest on an adjustable bed to sleep flat on your left side, do you? Sleeping on your left side in an incline is nearly impossible; if you do, it would be extremely uncomfortable. How would you flex at your hips when you’re lying on your left side?
Verdict

The Glideaway Elevation adjustable bed is by far the best adjustable bed for GERD/ nightmare acid reflux. Whether you’re a side-sleeper, back-sleeper or a stomach-sleeper, The Glideaway Elevation and Ascend adjustable bases will let you sleep all night long, free from symptoms of heartburn.

  • Hi,

    My name is Dave Bylsma. My wife and I have a 26 year old physically and mentally handicapped son. He also suffers with acid reflux and heart burn. We (including our son Daniel) haven’t had a decent nights sleep in 10 years. We have to sleep with him because, on and off all night he either has heart burn or his stomach Gurgles and we need to tap and burp him all night long. He is in great pain and we are at our whits end. I came across your web site this morning and am very interested in the Glide away elevation adjustable bed. We live in Ontario Canada and can’t seem to find a place here to look at or purchase a bed like this. We’ve spent a lot of money over the years purchasing things to try and make his life better and many times to no avail. This on the other hand sounds like something that would work.
    Thanks: Dave & Marriette (Daniel) Bylsma

    • Hi Dave and Marriette,

      Thank you for stopping by Bedroom Solutions and I’m deeply touched to hear about how you take care of your son Daniel.

      Unfortunately, I’m not aware of any adjustable bed manufacturer in Canada that makes such beds. I recommend you to call any of the numbers given on this page https://glideaway.com/contact/ to see if they could arrange a delivery to Ontario. If that fails, you can contact Amazon support to see if they deliver to Ontario, Canada.

      A google search for ‘Hospital Beds in Canada’ gave me some encouraging results. Please do that Google search in your area and see what you could find. I found a few promising options like https://healthcaresolutions.ca/collections/electric-hospital-beds/products/advantage-series-ltc-bed and https://agecomfort.com/products/full-electric-bariatric-hospital-bed-42-width.html. I think if you call them, they’ll certainly direct you to the correct source.

      If none of above works, please consider using one of the options below or combining a couple of them together.

      up to 5.5″ bed risers or this type up to 8 inches
      7 inch incline foam support
      up to 12″ wedge pillow

      The chances are you must have heard of and tried out at least a couple of these latter options. They don’t work as well as the Elevation Lift function, nevertheless worth trying if you already haven’t.

      I sincerely hope you’ll find the solution you’ve been looking for on one of the above websites.

      Please feel free to contact us if you need any further advice on the topic of adjustable beds.

      Wishing you all the best!
      Belinda

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