Thursday, April 19, 2007

Tips for Night-Time Relief of GERD & Acid Reflux Symptoms

GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease, is a very common ailment affecting millions of people worldwide. GERD is known by many names, including Esophagitis, reflux, acid reflux, even (incorrectly) hiatal hernia. Gastroesophageal reflux is the term used to describe a backflow of acid from the stomach into the swallowing tube or esophagus.

Experts agree: Raising your upper mattress 6-9" helps alleviate many of the symptoms of GERD, acid reflux and heartburn*

The most common symptom of GERD is heartburn. Along with heartburn, other symptoms include pain swallowing, chest pain, coughing, sore throat, hoarseness, asthma, aspiration pneumonia, even tooth enamel decay, gingivitis and halitosis.

Treatments of GERD include over-the-counter medications like antacids and prescription strength medications. Heartburn and other symptoms associated with GERD may be mild to severe. If you experience severe discomfort or heartburn several times a week, you should consult a physician.
There are several lifestyle recommendations you can make to help ease the discomfort of GERD and acid reflux:
  • Control your weight / Lose weight if overweight
  • Eat smaller meals
  • Avoid reclining or lying down directly after a meal
  • Eliminate certain foods or food types that may trigger heartburn
  • Don't smoke
  • Raise the head of your mattress 6-9 inches. Experts recommend elevating the bed by inserting a wedge between the mattress and box spring (raising your head with pillows is not a good alternative) (*source:

The Mattress Genie bed wedge, manufactured by Contour Living, provides a simple solution for raising your mattress and alleviating the pain and discomfort caused by GERD symptoms. With just the touch of a button, you can raise your bed to the angle that best suits your needs. You'll love reading, watching TV, working or even eating in bed. The Mattress Genie comes with a remote control to raise and lower the mattress with a touch of a button.

The Mattress Genie bed wedge is designed to compliment existing treatments of GERD, heartburn and reflux, including drug therapies and any treatments prescribed by your doctor.
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What the Media is Saying:
Read the Mattress Genie Review at About UsNBC Affiliate Channel 2 Salt Lake City - "Let Bill Buy It" Review of the Mattress Genie...Read Now/Watch Video
Featured on NBC's Today Show (March 1, 2005)
Additional resources:Read about the Mattress Genie at About Us
Recommended diet: Jackson / Siegelbaum Gastroenterolgy
general GERD health information: STS Patient information
Medical Studies Supporting Raising a Bed to reduce GERD and Acid Reflux at Night
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