How to sleep on a wedge without slipping down?

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Hi all, I have found sleeping on a wedge to be very helpful, but only if I can keep high enough up on it that the wedge begins at my hips. I start the night this way but inevitably slip slightly down, and when I do, I can tell I have more reflux. I have tried a million solutions involving pillow placement below my hips, etc. Now I think I have finally found a (slightly crazy!) solution-- based on what another person wrote on a website I saw. I bought a roll of that kind of woven plastic liner that you use for shelving or to separate dishes, cut out a rectangle of it, and put it under my hips as well as partly under the wedge to anchor it. This worked-- I did not slip!

But this brings me to my second issue. When I do manage to stay in place, my body starts to ache in the wee hours because of being in the same position for so long-- especially my left hip. I sleep on my left side because I have read in many places that this is the best position for reflux, and this has been my experience also. Right side is terrible; back is usually problematic as well. So the real question is: Has anyone found a way to stay in place on a wedge without getting sore from not being able to move around? Thanks!

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    Hello Jen,

    The way normally recommended for sleeping when you have reflux, is to put wood under the bed (top end) to higher it up a couple of inches, the acid should not seep up into the throat then.

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      hi can u show me please how do i do that to my bed im interested i have reflux i need to sleep high but i slip all the time refluxs comes to throat what kind wood is that and where i put the wood thanks

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      Hi Susy,

      Get some wooden squares and put them under the corners of the bed, headboard end. The blocks need to be at least 2 inches high and big enough so the bed is safe. That is the recommendation for reflux.

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    Thanks Jen (!), I have thought of raising the bed, but my husband sleeps in it too so a wedge seemed easier.

    Don't many people use wedges instead of raising the bed? I bought mine online from a medical company that makes it specially for reflux sufferers.

    In any case, I think all my questions would apply equally well to a raised bed. How to keep from slipping down without getting sore from being in a fixed position?

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      Hi Susy, It's the MedCline positioning wedge. There are other cheaper models but this one is very good if you are sleeping on your left side. Good luck!

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