How to Raise the Head of the Bed: 9 Steps (with Pictures)

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How to Raise the Head of the Bed: 9 Steps (with Pictures)
How to Raise the Head of the Bed: 9 Steps (with Pictures)

Elevating the head of your bed can help alleviate snoring, sleep apnea, and reflux. Bed supports are a good, inexpensive option, and there are products specifically designed to lift only one end of the bed. Simple brackets are not safe, but they cost half the price. Other solutions, from the cheapest to the most expensive, include triangular pillows, supports that fit between the mattress and the platform, and inflatable mattresses. Talk to your doctor about solutions for chronic conditions, if you have any.


Method 1 of 2: Using Bed Supports

Elevate the Head of a Bed Step 1

Step 1. Raise your bed level by at least 15 cm

Raising the head of the bed between 15 and 23 cm is recommended for both sleep apnea and reflux. You should still feel comfortable to get a good night's sleep, so start with a little lift instead of going straight to the 23 cm braces.

Elevate the Head of a Bed Step 2

Step 2. Install brackets designed to raise the end of the bed

Specialized supports will lessen the risk of the bed slipping and falling, so they are the safest option. They look like regular supports, but have non-slip bases and inserts with foam inserts that adjust to the foot of the bed. To install, have someone help you lift the bed and place its feet in the holes or bases on top of the supports.

  • When placing the foot of the bed in the socket of the support, the foam graft will mold to it.
  • You can find special supports online or at home decor stores. They usually cost around 60 reais and are more expensive than simple brackets.
Elevate the Head of a Bed Step 3

Step 3. Use wood, metal, or plastic brackets with inserts

Simple bed supports cost about half the price of specialized ones. However, they do not have the foam that adapts to the angle of the bed feet after lifting. If you choose a basic product, it needs to have slots or recesses so that the foot of the bed doesn't slip over them.

Avoid weak material products as they are not as safe as thick plastic, solid wood or metal options

Elevate the Head of a Bed Step 4

Step 4. Use cement blocks or wood if you want cheaper options

Concrete blocks, wood piles or even thick books are the most affordable options. Though inexpensive, these options aren't as safe as store-bought mounts, and many people don't like the look. Also, it is difficult to measure whether the height is correct.

  • Choose the widest blocks to reduce the risk of the foot of the bed slipping. You can also place non-slip pads (like the ones used to hold mats in place) under and on top of blocks.
  • One advantage is that you can start with a lower elevation and gradually stack more books or blocks until you reach 15 to 23 cm. That way, you get used to lifting without having to buy lots and lots of supports.

Method 2 of 2: Using Pillows and Mattress Supports

Elevate the Head of a Bed Step 5

Step 1. Buy a triangle pillow

You can find them online, at pharmacies and in medical supply stores. They cost around R$70 reais. If you suffer from reflux, you can also find versions with "arms" to sleep in a more comfortable position.

Sleeping on your left side when elevated is recommended to relieve reflux symptoms

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Step 2. Avoid using multiple pillows

Piling multiple pillows is not an effective way to treat sleep apnea or reflux. It can actually make symptoms worse by putting your body in an unnatural position. In addition, it can cause neck pain and spinal misalignment.

It is best to use a triangle pillow or elevate the entire bed to ensure that the head, neck and chest are all elevated correctly

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Step 3. Buy a support to use under the mattress

Mattress supports are foam inserts that sit between the mattress and the platform. Costing around $50 to $100 (price in the US, as it is difficult to find supports like this in Brazil), they are more expensive than pillows. Some people prefer it because they lift the entire edge of the mattress and reduce the risk of slipping in the middle of the night, which is a common complaint from rectangular pillow users.

You can buy several 8cm supports to gradually raise the elevation, so you get used to the height

Elevate the Head of a Bed Step 8

Step 4. Invest in an inflatable support

Aside from buying an adjustable bed, overlay mattresses would be the most expensive option. You may prefer an inflatable support if you don't like the appearance of the bed that is always elevated. This way, you can empty the support during the day so that the bed is normal.

Elevate the Head of a Bed Step 9

Step 5. Place a large pillow at the end of the bed to prevent slipping

Falling out of bed is a common complaint, particularly among triangle pillow users. Placing one or more large pillows at the end of the bed will help you stay upright without falling over overnight.

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