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Mattress solution for GERD 16 Jun 2021 17:05 #1

Hi all,

I've been reading quite a bit on here for a while and am looking for help figuring out a bedding plan for my partner and me. I have GERD and my partner doesn't, which means I need to sleep on an incline (~6" higher at head than at foot). But my partner hates sleeping on an incline, so we're trying to get creative with mattress thicknesses and Twin XLs so we can share a King platform while getting our sleep needs met.

My info
5'8", 215 lbs, side or stomach sleeper (very rarely a back sleeper). On firmer beds in the past I've gotten some numbness in my arms when I sleep on my side. I also get lower back pain on mattresses when I sleep on my side and my hips sink too far into the mattress.

Partner's info
5'7", 220 lbs, side sleeper. Gets lower and mid back pain when a mattress doesn't allow them to sink deep enough in and their is a gap between their waist and the mattress. Prefers soft comfort layers that allow a fair amount of sink with enough support to keep alignment.

Current mattress: King Dreamfoam arctic dreams, ~3 years old, partner's side has a 3", 4 lb memory foam topper. Partner really likes that side of the bed. But I can't sleep on it right now due to the GERD issue,

So I'm sleeping on an old, firm 6" foam mattress with a 3" 3lb memory foam topper on it, which is all on top of a Refluxguard under-mattress wedge. I've had some lower back pain from this setup and am going to try removing the mattress topper to see if the firmer mattress will feel better due to less sink in.

We are hoping to get a new bed setup that will work for both of us in the same bed. We have a very low ceiling so I was thinking about getting a King platform from one of the many trusted members here who sell them, and then a thicker Twin XL that suits my partners needs and a somewhat thinner one that suits mine, which I can put at an incline. My partner has liked pillowtop-on-top-of-innerspring mattresses and memory foam mattresses--the most important criteria for them is a mattress that feels soft but has good support underneath the softness. I tend to like something a bit firmer, where I can feel some firmer support where I sink in either at the belly (if sleeping on stomach) or hips (if on side).

Because we are trying an experiment, we do not want to sink a ton of money into this until we know it might work. So we know that might mean mattresses that don't last as long, while we try some different approaches to figure out what works.

One idea:
My side: soft or medium Arizona Premium Naturalex Twin XL, w 2" topper (for total height of 8"). Refluxguard foam wedge underneath this, which I expect will affect its feel a bit but I can't predict exactly how. This will bring my head to 14" above the foundation.
Partner's side: Magic Sleeper 12" Gel memory foam, Twin XL..
Foundation: 5" or 8" foundation from one of the many trusted members who sell them specifically for latex mattresses.

Is this totally bonkers? Should I be thinking in a different direction, or checking something else out? I've gotten a bit overwhelmed with the options but the budget we're hoping for is somewhere south of $2k for everything, if possible. a bit less would be great, but sleep is important.

Thank you!

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Mattress solution for GERD 16 Jun 2021 17:09 #2

I should add that my favorite mattress ever was a memory foam one when it was new, I can't recall the brand, which I would sink into but then felt firm and would kind of hug me. But I'm also curious about a latex mattress because recently I've preferred hotel beds that I've been a bit more on top of than inside, because I can sleep pretty hot.

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Mattress solution for GERD 16 Jun 2021 22:46 #3

Eeek! I realize I made one more mistake—I’m thinking of the *firm* Arizona naturalux mattress with either the standard 2” topper or the 3” medium topper.

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Mattress solution for GERD 19 Jun 2021 11:00 #4

Hey Alco22,

Welcome to The Mattress Underground :) ! Thanks for your question.

I've been reading quite a bit on here for a while and am looking for help figuring out a bedding plan for my partner and me. I have GERD and my partner doesn't, which means I need to sleep on an incline (~6" higher at head than at foot). But my partner hates sleeping on an incline, so we're trying to get creative with mattress thicknesses and Twin XLs so we can share a King platform while getting our sleep needs met.


Congrats on your new mattress shopping adventure :) ! Thanks for joining TMU and hope that the articles, guides, and forums will help with your sleep comfort research; pairing twin XL mattresses for differing sleep needs is a topic of interest and one you will find many conversations on. I am sorry to learn of your GERD issues but it seems you have an action plan in place and are on the creative path towards solving part II: better sleep for you both. A pair of Twin XLs is a good solution for ensuring that you each have the mattress setup for optimal sleep and still share the King platform space together.

My info
5'8", 215 lbs, side or stomach sleeper (very rarely a back sleeper). On firmer beds in the past I've gotten some numbness in my arms when I sleep on my side. I also get lower back pain on mattresses when I sleep on my side and my hips sink too far into the mattress.

Partner's info
5'7", 220 lbs, side sleeper. Gets lower and mid back pain when a mattress doesn't allow them to sink deep enough in and their is a gap between their waist and the mattress. Prefers soft comfort layers that allow a fair amount of sink with enough support to keep alignment.

Current mattress: King Dreamfoam arctic dreams, ~3 years old, partner's side has a 3", 4 lb memory foam topper. Partner really likes that side of the bed. But I can't sleep on it right now due to the GERD issue,

So I'm sleeping on an old, firm 6" foam mattress with a 3" 3lb memory foam topper on it, which is all on top of a Refluxguard under-mattress wedge. I've had some lower back pain from this setup and am going to try removing the mattress topper to see if the firmer mattress will feel better due to less sink in.


Thanks for including your and your partner's personal stats and current mattress situation, Alco22. As you may know from your regular viewing of TMU, these details play a significant role in determining which components and constructions are better suited for your personal comfort and support needs.

We are hoping to get a new bed setup that will work for both of us in the same bed. We have a very low ceiling so I was thinking about getting a King platform from one of the many trusted members here who sell them, and then a thicker Twin XL that suits my partners needs and a somewhat thinner one that suits mine, which I can put at an incline. My partner has liked pillowtop-on-top-of-innerspring mattresses and memory foam mattresses--the most important criteria for them is a mattress that feels soft but has good support underneath the softness. I tend to like something a bit firmer, where I can feel some firmer support where I sink in either at the belly (if sleeping on stomach) or hips (if on side).


This sounds like a good split King setup, Alco22. You've taken your bedrooms space's considerations into account, as well as what each of your preferences is in mattress constructions. Thanks for considering a possible king platform purchase from one of TMU's quality trusted members :) . Many of them offer a small discount treat as a Thank You for supporting TMU and for asking a mattress-related question (and your question counts!).

Because we are trying an experiment, we do not want to sink a ton of money into this until we know it might work. So we know that might mean mattresses that don't last as long, while we try some different approaches to figure out what works.

One idea:
My side: soft or medium Arizona Premium Naturalex Twin XL, w 2" topper (for total height of 8"). Refluxguard foam wedge underneath this, which I expect will affect its feel a bit but I can't predict exactly how. This will bring my head to 14" above the foundation.
Partner's side: Magic Sleeper 12" Gel memory foam, Twin XL..
Foundation: 5" or 8" foundation from one of the many trusted members who sell them specifically for latex mattresses.


Thanks too for considering a purchase from trusted members Arizona Premium Mattress and Magic Sleeper . I regard both manufacturers highly in terms of expertise, quality, and value, as well as customer support throughout the purchase process. This is an interesting pairing of mattresses, Alco22; you may considering posting specific questions to either manufacturer regarding your proposed models here on TMU. Arizona Premium Mattress has their own space in the "Ask an Expert Forum" , and questions to Magic Sleeper may be posted in the General Forum here , either would be happy to advise you regarding what models would be best suited for you and your Partner. Sometimes consumer subscribers will step up and offer their experiences as well ;) .

Is this totally bonkers? Should I be thinking in a different direction, or checking something else out? I've gotten a bit overwhelmed with the options but the budget we're hoping for is somewhere south of $2k for everything, if possible. a bit less would be great, but sleep is important.


You may find doing a TMU site search using the term "Gerd" interesting, as there are numerous conversations regarding sleep solutions that other consumers have tried. BTW, how is your research coming along? Are any other mattresses contenders at this point? Looking forward to hearing more as your continue your process and good luck.

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