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high brix
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Sleep posture can have a positive impact on quality of sleep and overall health. I've been doing Inclined Bed Therapy for only 8 nights but the results are almost beyond belief. My sense of energy and well being are surging. I haven't felt like this in years. More Lyme sufferers need to learn about IBT and give it try. It's free...just raise the head of your bed 6 inches using blocks, books or bed risers. For more information, please check out http://inclinedbedtherapy.com/
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So good that you are being helped by it. I would LOVE to try it as my sleep is awful, but, and I gotta laugh at these lame excuses...

1. The music behind the interviewer talking about it scrambles my brain, not to mention the accent, so I couldn't listen to it without wanting to bite my foot off.

2. The second reason is I can't raise my bed unless I drain it first. It's a water bed. Plum out of luck there, huh.

BUT, maybe I could pile pillows up and try it? Have you tried it that way?

BTW- Thanks for sharing the idea!

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high brix,

Thanks for this information.

Not sure what angle six inches creates, but if this may be of help:

Raising the head to a 30% angle is the best position for the inner / middle ear to have circulation and rest.

In fact, for those with certain vestibular disorders, this is the position they must use not just for sleeping but in daytime, too -- for healing and, sometimes, only allowed to get up for restroom use if there is a tear in the inner ear (fistula).

As lyme really stresses the vestibular system, it makes sense that a slight incline for this system to be at it's best resting / circulation state helps.

With hyperacusis, thanks to Tincup's audio note, I better not chance trying to watch the video.

As for water beds, yeah, that would be quite a hilarious mess. If any other method is used, it is vital to have the full body be a good position with no stress on neck or hips.
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Tincup, even if you drain it first, the water would level out! [Big Grin]

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Yeah, I'd like to see a video of Tincup trying this with a waterbed. A "Mr. Bean" style video comes to mind.
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Keebler said.. "With hyperacusis, thanks to Tincup's audio note, I better not chance trying to watch the video."

Yes, Keebler, thought of you when that happened to me and tried to give a head's up. Glad it worked. I didn't make it one minute thru, but maybe it gets better? The video is about an hour and a half, so I don't know. Maybe someone else can advise?

Goofy mom of six kids- you are a barrel of laughs to my water bucket full. Or my bed full! HA! Got me laughing!

And yes, the bed is like an 800 pound gorilla. It does what it wants. Ever try to hurry up and get out of a water bed? Like when you get a screaming Charlie Horse cramp in your leg that you have to walk off to make it stop hurting?

Some day I may accidentally kill myself trying that trick. It's dangerous!

[lol]

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You're welcome Tincup. The person that recommended this therapy to me said..."using pillows to elevate your head can and will put serious stress on your neck and lower back. The best approach is to completely raise your bed head." I tried the pillow approach a few nights before I heard about IBT and raising the entire bed works better. It's really easy to do. I started out using some scrap wood. I then bought some inexpensive bed risers. I'm not sure what to do with regards to water beds as this is all pretty new to me. You may want to contact Andrew Fletcher at the IBT website and get his advice
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Thanks Keebler for your input. I found out about Inclined Bed Therapy after recurring bouts of vertigo. I didn't know that lyme stresses the vestibular system
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Here's a good article on Inclined Bed Therapy...

https://www.nexusmagazine.com/articles/doc_view/336-inclined-bed-therapy-a-new-angle-on-health

"There are some things in life that we seem to accept without question. For most of us in Western countries, sleeping in a horizontal position is one of them. However, after studying the circulatory system in plants, one man questioned the logic in our flat bed theory. Andrew K. Fletcher has found that raising a bed six to eight inches at the head seems to generate remarkable improvements for many people suffering conditions such as circulatory and respiratory issues, diabetes, leg ulcers, migraines, multiple sclerosis, oedema, Parkinson's disease, skin problems, spinal cord injuries, varicose veins and many more."

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My husband uses one of those wedge pillows and we raise the bed.

I hate traveling because I feel like I am sleeping downhill.

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I know what you mean terv. Planning on taking bed risers with me when I hit the road. I don't want to sleep in horizontal position ever again
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My bed frame and headboard are wood so I could not elevate it with regular store risers.

Eventually found some gardening paving stones were wide enough to support the top legs while giving the appropriate incline to my bed.

I wanted the incline for autonomic dysfunction that causes problems with my HR and BP.

The inclined bed is supposed to help your body to maintain its fluid status instead of losing much of your body fluid during the night and trying unsuccessfully to catch up during the day.

I have not noticed more energy. That would be a dream!

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I'm glad it has helped you. I have chronic heartburn so have to sleep elevated. I did try a 4 1/2 inch incline a while back but couldn't tolerate it. It helps the heartburn a lot, but had burning feel/hands and felt out-of-it next day.

I think it you have circulation/heart problems that this can be taxing to circulate uphill all night.

I do sleep with a 2 1/2 inch incline now combined with multiple pillows to raise my torso/head further.

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You've got me thinking about you high brim. Laying in bed trying to figure out how to raise up the water bed last couple of nights. But, doesn't seem possible. But thanks for the tips!

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Tincup, I just emailed Andrew Fletcher to get his advice on IBT and water beds. I'll let you know if I hear back from him. I hope there's a way you can give this a try
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hi Tincup, unfortunately, Andrew Fletcher said... "the only way is to sell the water bed". If you have access to a conventional bed, maybe you could give IBT a try. I wish I had better news to report...
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You are so sweet for doing all that. Much appreciated.

The water bed is a must though. Require the heat and softness due to neuro and arthritic stuff. But, next opportunity I'll try it out for a short time on a regular bed. Raise the head in a regular bed.

Again, thanks so much for your post and your extra effort.

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You're welcome Tincup! [Smile] I just hope others find some benefit from inclined bed therapy
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Thanks for posting that. I'll certainly try this, just to check.

You know that in the middle age Europe, people were afraid of sleeping flat, because they believed they would die in sleep.

So they slept almost sitting, inside bed-wardrobes!

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Interesting note Brussels

According to Andrew Fletcher, ancient Egyptians slept on inclined beds

"In a work from 1642, the Swedish royal physician Andreas Sparman (later ennobled under the name of Palmcron) recommended that people should sleep in a sitting position because otherwise fluids from the stomach could somehow leak out and lead to a scenario where "hufvudet fyls medh Öfverflöd" ("the head is filled with overflow"). "

"There are many pictures (from the middle ages) of people sleeping sitting up so it must have been a common way to nap"
http://stores.renstore.com/history-and-traditions/sleep-in-the-middle-ages#.V064lL7RuK8

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Tincup, I switched from a waterbed to a 7 zone latex bed with wood slats and I love it! They adjust the slats at your hips and shoulders so it's softer there like the waterbed is. You would be able to incline it.

www.designsleep.com is where I got mine. I even got my Florida beds from there because even with shipping they were more reasonably priced than the local places.

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