RadioMD: Body Language
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Silent Acid Reflux: The Sleep Solution?

May 10, 20139 min
Can sleeping in the right bed not only promote a great night sleep, but perhaps save your life or the life of someone you love? The answer to both questions is yes.Can sleeping in the right bed not only promote a great night sleep, but perhaps save your life or the life of someone you love? The answer to both questions is yes, according to Kelli Minson, creator of the revolutionary Gravity 1st elevated sleep system. Kelli's physician-husband awoke one night unable to speak, the result of silent acid reflux. He held up a note that said, Call 911!The attending physician suggested that Kelli's husband sleep with his head elevated 6 to 8 inches to restrict the flow of acid; however, the trick is not to bend the neck, as wedges or pillows do. Thus, Kelly designed an elevated, straight-line inflatable bed, The Gravity 1st, which provides a gradual 7 inch incline from head to toe.Acid reflux is a pathway to esophageal cancer, which has a dismal five year survival rate of only 20%. More than 60 million people suffer from acid reflux, according to Johns Hopkins, while 113 million people, a third of the population, take PPIs, proton-pump inhibitors to suppress stomach acid, making them the nations widely prescribed medication.

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