Inclined bed therapy is the latest buzz word in alternative healing. Its use is increasingly seen in curing chronic medical issues like back pain, sleep apnea, sinusitis, acid reflux, etc.
With so many reported benefits, it is natural to want to know more about it. Also, it makes us wonder if there are negative effects of inclined bed therapy.
What Is Inclined Bed Therapy?
Inclined Bed Therapy involves sleeping on a bed with the head raised upwards by 4 to 8 inches. For this, you can place blocks, bricks, or wedges at the head end of the bed. Alternatively, you can also buy a special mattress with inclined design.
What Are The Benefits Of Using An Inclined Bed To Sleep?
One of the main reasons for snoring, sleep apnea, and other sleep-related problems is the closing of the breathing passages. By sleeping inclined, these passages tend to open up and help in aiding relief.
Inclined Bed Therapy is also said to be useful for various medical concerns. Some of these are –
- Sleeping inclined promotes nasal breathing. Furthermore, it stops breathing from the mouth.
- Helps in closing the Post Nasal Drip
- Control Sleep Apnea and Snoring
- Relieve Congestion and Inflammation of the heart.
- Diminish Shortness of Breath
- Assists and gives relief in COPD
- Relieves Stuffiness in Head
- Ease Migraine
- Helps in Nervous disorders
- Removes congestion of the nose
- Prevents acid reflux.
Certain Negative Effects of Inclined Bed Therapy
There might be body ache at the beginning. However, this will subside as the muscles re-adjust in about a week.
- Headaches – When you start, you might experience headaches. This is because of the loosening of fascia during your sleep, as the various systems normalize. This may last for 5 to 10 days.
- Chances of Slipping Down– There are bright chances of slipping down in the initial few days. You got to be careful and not hurt yourself.
- Sudden Wakefulness – You may wake up quite a few times as your body’s natural response to a different situation.
- Dehydration – Sleeping inclined instead of horizontal will lead to more evaporation of water from your lungs while breathing. This can cause dehydration and headache. Due to this, it is advisable to have more water and keep a glass handy.
Contra-Indicators of Inclined Bed Therapy
Before trying anything new, it is advisable to seek counsel from your doctor.
If you are thinking about inclined bed therapy, it is preferable to do it under supervision. This is more important in the following cases-
- When you hold a metal or external electronic implant, stent, or any other object installed surgically within your body.
- In case there is no improvement in a week.
- When you tend to get up very often during the night. This lack of sleep can increase your medical concerns.
In such cases, you should try changing the height (or the angle) of the incline. A frequent adjustment will help you decide upon the incline most suited to your body.