What is the advantage of sleeping on a pressure controlled air mattress versus a non-air or solid mattress?

It is known that the pressure against the body surface reaches above 30 mm. mercury, the blood supply to the skin begins to be compromised. The problem with solid mattresses is that you just don't know what the pressure is against your body because there is no way for you to measure that pressure. In fact, beds used by hospitals to treat pressure ulcers are all pressure controlled air mattresses and the air pressure is kept at low pressures that you could never achieve with a solid mattress while at the same time providing the necessary support.

What is the ideal pressure setting for my Sleep Solution Mattress™?

A low pressure at which you feel comfortable. You may wish to try 15 and then adjust it up or down as you feel necessary.

Are there any other benefits derived from sleeping on the Sleep Solution Mattress™?

Even though the Sleep Solution Mattress™ was designed for people who have acid reflux, it may also help people suffering with mild sleep apnea in whom sleeping in the spine position (flat on your back) needs to be avoided. The Sleep Solution Mattress™ will consistently keep you in this position during the whole night effectively accomplishing this recommendation. In addition sleeping on the Sleep Solution Mattress™ may virtually eliminate morning low back pain/stiffness.

If I sleep on the Sleep Solution Mattress™, is it OK to eat just before going to bed?

It is still advisable that your last meal be at least 2-3 hours before going to bed, but, if your schedule does not lend to this routine and you have no choice but to eat late at night, then you would be strongly advised to eat a small meal and sleep on the Sleep Solution Mattress™ rather than on a flat mattress to minimize the degree of reflux.

If I sleep on the Sleep Solution Mattress™ do I still have to take the medictaions prescribed by my physician to treat acid reflux?

Yes. However, sleeping on the Sleep Solution Mattress™ will either eliminate or markedly diminsh the chance of experiencing heartburn while sleeping.

I mostly sleep on my side, how can this mattress work for me?

If you are not accustomed to sleeping on your back, you can expect a period of adaptation during which you will sleep on the Sleep Solution Mattress™ a variable period of time until you completely adapt to this way of sleeping. However, this period of adaptation is worth it because sleeping on one's back is the healthiest and most stable position for the body. In addition, the Sleep Solution Mattress™ is designed so you can turn 45 degrees in either direction, allowing for more flexibility and comfort in how you sleep.

In addition to sleeping on the Sleep Solution Mattress™, what other lifestyle changes are beneficial for patients with acid reflux?

  • Sleep with the head of the bed elevated.
  • Avoiding alcohol, coffee, tea, chocolate, mints, fried and fatty foods may be helpful.
  • Stop smoking.
  • If you are eoverwight consult a nutritionist and, if possible, try to approximate your ideal body weight.
  • Eat small, frequent meals rather than 2-3 large meals daily.
  • Do not eat for at least 2 hours before going to bed.

If you want to learn more about acid reflux (GERD)...

Contact the American College of Gastroenterology at 800-478-2876.