Q: Is sleeping with the upper half of the bed raised and the legs flat or raised equivalent to Inclined Therapy?
A: No, sleeping with the upper half raised is pretty much useless and may cause pressure sores.
Your weight when sleeping like this is compressing your spinal column.
It is also compressing the flesh and skin on your buttocks for many hours and this may eventually lead to the development of a pressure sore.
Your circulation is only assisted partially, but compromised because the same compression of the flesh in your buttocks together with the inevitable build up of venous and arterial pressure due to the veins and arteries affected by this compression will be counter productive.
Then there is the problem with stretched tendons and ligaments, bent forward, there is inevitably some tension applied to the muscles, tendons and ligaments. Over time this can have a detrimental affect
Last but not least are the joints in the hips and in the spine, If you are sleeping on your back, this means you are bent forward for 8 hours a day. Elderly people walking bent over, unable to straighten up, was that the position they slept in?
Sleeping on your side with the upper half raised will adversely affect the hip and spine joints, sleeping on your back will also adversely affect the spine. Sleeping on your tummy will result in someone calling an ambulance..
Inclined Therapy I.T.
Sleeping on an inclined bed however, does quite the opposite.
Immediately the spine is placed under gentle traction, (the opposite to the folded posture). The weight is distributed evenly so you don't feel like a sack of potatoes when you lay down, or the bed somehow feels softer than before.
Your heart rate decreases by 10-12 beats per minute on an inclined bed while you sleep, yet manages to pump more blood around the body, which in turn causes more friction as the blood flows around faster, which in turn generates more heat and you feel warmer in bed, while the cooling system also benefits so we are able to maintain our body temperature better as more water evaporates due to the increased / maintained temperature. Sleeping flat for instance causes a 2 degree drop in body temperature around the time that most people die in bed, yet sleeping inclined does not.
Your respiration rate decreases by 4-5 breaths per minute, which is a lot, yet oxygenation improves because the lungs are inflating more and deflating more which takes a little longer so although there are less breaths per minute a greater volume of air is moved in and out, which again increases the evaporation and this in turn alters the density of the surfactant in the respiratory tract which in turn alters the density of the surfactant that is returned back into the blood and gently assists the circulation as it flows through the arteries providing we are correctly aligned / Inclined.
But we don't just have blood circulating, we have lymph and cerebrospinal fluid, we have a flow of fluids through the tissue and skin, through the bones, and even a flow through the myelin wrapped around the nervous system. The heart is not responsible for these other circulations so cannot be attributed to them. Yet we know posture and respiration plays an important roll from the literature. So could all of these independent circulations require density changes from evaporation and correct alignment with gravity to gently assist them to make the repairs required to overcome a whole range of illnesses?
I believe this to be true and indeed have already proven it many times before.
What we are already seeing unfolding here on this forum is impressive and If Foreversprings and others posts are anything to go by we are in for a very exciting 2010.
I do not believe in the majority of cases surgery is required!
Varicose veins were believed once to require surgery, yet the surgery frequently fails requiring more expensive surgery, which raises the question why?
So many people have noticed their veins no longer ache or bulge using I.T. So rather than approaching this problem by patching up the damage, why not engage the possibility that given sufficient time using I.T. we may not require surgery and those that do not respond will probably require surgery?
Interesting times are afoot.