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  • adjustable bed

    I noticed a BIG difference in what I felt and how I slept while I was in the hospital. As you all know, hospitals have "adjustable" beds. I swear it was the angle I was sleeping. I need (and probably many of you need more than one pillow) 2 pillows while sleeping. Even that doesn't satisfy me now. I was looking into buying an adjustable bed (i.e. craftmatic or something similar). There is a world of difference for me. How many of you have an adjustable bed?
    \"It is not length of life, but depth of life.\"

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

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    I wish I had one, I slide off my 3 -4 pillows all night. I have thought they would do the trick also. Often i use a large foam wedge and the only thing that keeps me in place is that rubbery shelf lining stuff I wrap around it.
    Dx @ 47 with HOCM & HF:11/00
    Guidant ICD:Mar.01, Recalled/replaced:6/05 w/ Medtronic device
    Lead failure,replaced 12/06.
    SF lead recall:07,extracted leads and new device 2012
    [email protected] Tufts, Boston:10/5/03; age 50. ( [email protected] 240 mmHg ++)
    Paroxysmal A-Fib: 06-07,2010 controlled w/sotalol dosing
    Genetic mutation 4/09, mother(d), brother, son, gene+
    Mother of 3, grandma of 3:Tim,27,Sarah,33w/6 y/o old Sophia, 5 y/o Jack, Laura 34, w/ 5 y/o old Benjamin

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      I would love to have one of those adjustable beds. Not only do you get a great night's sleep, but you get lots of fun little buttons and gadgets to play with too. Woo hoo! (Perhaps it's a guy thing.) Unfortunately, i just finally made the jump from an old and very hard futon to a real bed, so i'm afraid that's about as technologically advanced as i'm going to get for a while
      "Some days you're the dog... some days you're the hydrant."

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      • #4
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        For years now I’ve been using two king sized pillows, and they still work fine for me. I tend to wake up every couple of hours and can’t immediately go back to sleep, but if I get up for an hour (and monitor the boards, etc) I fall asleep again as soon as my head hits the pillows. I usually sleep on my side with my body flat, and my head tilted upwards on those soft fluffy pillows.

        When I was in the hospitals (eight times in a year – count them – eight) I’d spend all day with the bed cranked up, but would lower it almost flat when going to sleep. My problem was with those puny little puffs they called pillows. – Did I say puffs? No, felt more like plastic covered bags of turf.
        Burt

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        • #5
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          that was funny, Burt! you've got that right! talk about pancake pillows! I am going to go looking around at these adjustable beds -- couple of furniture stores in my area...I am guessing they are a little pricy, but well worth the investment! I think Simmons makes one
          \"It is not length of life, but depth of life.\"

          Ralph Waldo Emerson

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          • #6
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            If you’re ‘springing’ for an adjustable bed, make sure you get a good one – with a good mattress. The few extra bucks now will pay dividends for years – and don’t forget the pillows. I found that a good molded foam pillow just lasts and lasts, with the same degree of softness you had on day one. I found a ‘medium firmness’ works best for me. Pleasant dreams dear heart.
            Burt

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              I am really naive here: why the raised head? What does it do for you? I always sleep with two pillows, more often three, have for as long as I can remember. I thought it was only my quirky habit. I am a terrible sleeper. I have a hard time falling asleep and staying asleep. Struggle to be asleep by 12:30, up at 5am and half asleep until 7pm is my usual schedule. I never thought to relate it to HCM. Do we all sleep this way? Marv

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              • #8
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                It seems like alot of us HCMers have issues with laying flat. that was just about the only good thing of being in the hospital. I breathed so much easier when sleeping there. I've though about one of those beds myself.

                mary s.

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                  I'll bet if a poll were taken, 99.9% probably use at least 2 pillows
                  \"It is not length of life, but depth of life.\"

                  Ralph Waldo Emerson

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                  • #10
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                    Maybe we could gey a group rate on those beds, probably not.
                    Dx @ 47 with HOCM & HF:11/00
                    Guidant ICD:Mar.01, Recalled/replaced:6/05 w/ Medtronic device
                    Lead failure,replaced 12/06.
                    SF lead recall:07,extracted leads and new device 2012
                    [email protected] Tufts, Boston:10/5/03; age 50. ( [email protected] 240 mmHg ++)
                    Paroxysmal A-Fib: 06-07,2010 controlled w/sotalol dosing
                    Genetic mutation 4/09, mother(d), brother, son, gene+
                    Mother of 3, grandma of 3:Tim,27,Sarah,33w/6 y/o old Sophia, 5 y/o Jack, Laura 34, w/ 5 y/o old Benjamin

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                    • #11
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                      Originally posted by marvwaschke
                      I always sleep with two pillows, more often three, have for as long as I can remember. I thought it was only my quirky habit... Do we all sleep this way?
                      It's still amazing to me all the little things we thought were just our own quirky little habits, then later discovered that they are in some way related to HCM. Sure there are plenty of people who just find two pillows more comfortable, but with HCM it's more often than not a necessity. I've always been a pillow 'folder' myself, although lately i've graduated to two and three pillows, and will still fold the top one in half sometimes. I'm in awe of anyone who can sleep flat on their back, without even one pillow under their head. I'd be gasping for air if i tried to sleep like that!

                      Jim
                      "Some days you're the dog... some days you're the hydrant."

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                      • #12
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                        I can’t sleep on my back either, and my stomach is too rounded to sleep face down. Being on my side with pillows to raise my head seems to work best for me. When I have a bout of CHF I do sometimes wake up all congested and gasping for air though. The Doc’s even sent me for sleep apnea testing – but that’s one problem I missed.

                        Jim said something about getting a group rate on beds. Well how about we all chip in, get one humongous mattress, lay it on the side of a hill, and we all can then sleep on that? One giant pajama party – sounds like fun to me.
                        Burt

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                        • #13
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                          LoL. Funny, Burt. It was actually Pam who suggested that though
                          "Some days you're the dog... some days you're the hydrant."

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                            Well

                            Burt I go through my sleep study on the 17th of June, If insurance will pay for it , i don't think i have sleep apnea, but they said they have to rule it out, i still think they did something wrong in surgery, but we'll see and i too have 3 pillows, it is strange how we all have to sleep isn't it

                            Shirley
                            Diagnosed 2003
                            Myectomy 2-23-2004
                            Husband: Ken
                            Son: John diagnosed 2004
                            Daughter: Janet (free of HCM)

                            Grandchildren: Drew 15,Aaron 13,Karen 9,Connor 9

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                              OK, it was Pam. It was still a great idea. Now about the pajama party – no sexy lingerie – it’s not that kind of a pajama party. Husbands, Wives and significant others are invited, but no fooling around in public either.

                              Do you think we should put the mattress on a hill near a lake so in the morning we could just roll out of bed and go for a swim?
                              Burt

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