Having been diagnosed with Silent GERD also known as nighttime acid reflux, I began an internet search for what caused my disease and how I could treat it. Every web site that I visited said that the head of a set of bedding should be elevated in order to allow gravity to help keep the contents of the stomach in their place. Most sites recommended placing blocks or bricks under the headboard in order to accomplish this. Having been involved with the manufacturing of mattresses and box springs for the past 20 years, I knew that raising the head of the bed in this manner could void the manufacturer’s 20 year, non-prorated warranty and it didn’t seem like the safest or most secure way to sleep.
There had to be a better way. I looked at dozens of foam bed wedges and wedge pillows on the internet and they all were of the same design: on top of the mattress, they were all narrow, they forced the purchaser to change their sleep position, forced to not sleep on the surface that they purchased for their level of comfort and you may not be able to use the big fluffy pillow that you are used to. Most troublesome of all was that sleeping on a foam bed wedge would cause the patient to bend at their waist which could actually put additional pressure on their stomach and make their nighttime acid reflux worse!
I created a wedge that would be the same length and width of a mattress and support it from head to toe. The benefits of this design would be to:
Raise the head of your set of bedding in order to allow gravity to work in keeping stomach contents in their place.
You could sleep in any position that you want, back, stomach or side.
You could sleep on the mattress you chose for your comfort and not be forced to adjust to another sleep surface.
You could use the pillow that you are used to.
The final outcome was the MediWedge, a full length bed wedge designed to mitigate the effects of nighttime acid reflux, or GERD.