If you sleep on a sofa, here’s a safe, easy way to elevate it 9 inches to help prevent acid reflux overnight.

I sleep on a sofa (not a pull-out sofa, but the actual sofa). This is because my back doesn’t like mattresses.

I’m also not the type of sleeper who thrashes around all night, and thus, the confined space of the sofa poses no problem whatsoever.

One morning, I’d had it with the acid reflux, so I wondered how to elevate the sofa on my head side. I had some large loose bricks outside, so I put one under each “leg” of the sofa, elevating it six inches.

I was leery because I kept thinking that I might turn a little overnight and throw the sofa off balance. It did wobble somewhat when I got into it.

However, I still got the acid reflux, so I decided to elevate the sofa three more inches by placing blocks of wood (purchased at Home Depot) on top of the bricks. This made the sofa even more unstable, in that it shook when I got into it.

I also worried that in the middle of the night, one of the legs would slip off the wood block. So I decided to place my 12-inch exercise stool under the sofa, smack between the elevated legs.

It fit nearly perfectly, with just a little bit of space to spare. I now knew that should the sofa leg ever slip off a block, the sofa wasn’t going anywhere, as the stool would support it.

Though the stool is 12 inches off the ground, the net elevation is nine inches due to the leg nubs being about three inches.

In other words, the bottom of the legs is nine inches from the floor.

The exercise stool is the type commonly seeing at gyms and health clubs, either with a red base or black base, and black surface.

These stools are sold online and are extremely durable, able to support a heavy sofa.

Incidentally, after all this time, the legs have never slipped off the blocks of wood.

I need to say, however, that lifting the sofa up in the first place, to set the bricks in place, requires a degree of strength.

If you don’t have much upper body strength, you’ll need to have someone help you.

Nevertheless, this is an easy way, at least from a logistical sense, to elevate a sofa nine inches to prevent acid reflux.

Lorra Garrick has been covering medical, fitness and cybersecurity topics for many years, having written thousands of articles for print magazines and websites, including as a ghostwriter. She’s also a former ACE-certified personal trainer.  



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