Inclined Bed Therapy – Dr. Joseph Mercola


  • Raising the head of your bed 6 inches so that you’re sleeping on a 5-degree incline may improve your blood circulation, metabolism, respiratory, neurological and immune function
  • Inclined bed therapy may also ease symptoms associated with Alzheimer’s, diabetes, glaucoma, migraines, multiple sclerosis, sleep apnea, acid reflux, edema, varicose veins and more
  • In plants, the interplay between gravity and varying density of fluids is what causes the sap to circulate up and down in a perpetual loop. The same mechanism appears to apply to human biology as well, which is the basis for inclined bed therapy
  • Sleeping on an incline affects intracranial pressure. Research by a medical anthropologist showed people with migraines were able to eliminate their migraines within a short period of time by sleeping with their heads raised
  • Archeological evidence suggests some Egyptians slept on inclined beds, and the head on these beds was 6 inches higher than the foot end

Oftentimes the simplest strategies pay great dividends. Getting sensible sun exposure and grounding — walking barefoot on the ground, whether it’s sand, grass or rock — are two examples. Sleeping on an incline is another. While sleeping on a horizontal surface is a well-established norm, few may have heard that raising the head of your bed 6 to 8 inches so that you’re sleeping on an incline of varying degrees may have a number of benefits, including:1

  • Improving blood circulation2
  • Improving glymphatic drainage from the brain3
  • Improving immune system function
  • Improving respiratory function4
  • Easing symptoms associated with diabetes, glaucoma, migraines, multiple sclerosis, sleep apnea,5 acid reflux,6 edema,7 varicose veins and more

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