After sleeping on an Inclined Bed with our heads facing East South East using a mobile phone compass app to find the direction of our bed, we decided to turn the bed 180 degrees to face West North West as shown in the two compass images above. It is worth rembering that we have been using Inclined Bed Therapy since 1994, some 20 years now, so changing our polarity could be quite different.
Our first night was indeed very strange. As soon as we lay on our inclined bed, we could determine that it was very different. My wife normally takes at least an hour and sometimes 2 or more hours to fall asleep and is easily woken up.
We also felt very strange, almost drunk with the room swaying as we moved. On getting out of bed in the night, I found myself moving sidwards, almost falling and on waking for several days this continued, almost as if I was drunk.
Now some years ago, I did an experiment placing a powerful magnet under a bottle of water for 48 hours. Then I drank the water and felt the same effects as if being drunk and disorientated. I had to lay down for quite some time before it went away. Clearly polarity is far more important than anyone realises.
1. After changing the direction our bed faces, we sleep better, fall asleep much quicker, my wife now falls asleep within around 15 minutes, some times less. She has had no hot flushes since and does not overheat any more which is fascinating.
I find that I am sleeping on my right side now and given we have a king size bed, I could sleep on either side and yet this side now seems more natural. I also find myself sleeping on my back more
2. We have both been experiencing muscle cramping occasionally, though this is less frequent now and possibly related to lower body temperature.
I remember being told a story about a very noisy baby ward in a hospital, babies were continuously crying and unable to sleep for long. A new matron was given the ward and she immediately turned all of the cribs / cots around and the ward went silent almost instantly. The ward was no longer the noisiest ward in fact it became serene and peaceful. During my last interview on Peoples Internet Radio, I recalled this story and thought about putting it to the test. Simple though it may be, I feel it has unlocked yet another very important area of research.
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In an earlier study it was shown that an isotonic salt solution within a measuring chamber of a cytopherometer is rotating caused by Lorentz forces, if the magnetic earth field crosses the electric field in the chamber. This may be a model of the ability of certain higher organisms to recognize the direction of the magnetic earth field. The topic of this study was the possible effect of the magnetic earth field in humans. It is shown that the duration of REM latency is influenced by the position of sleepers in N-S or E-W direction: it is shortened in E-W direction (p = 0.02).
We demonstrate by means of simple, noninvasive methods (analysis of satellite images, field observations, and measuring “deer beds” in snow) that domestic cattle (n = 8,510 in 308 pastures) across the globe, and grazing and resting red and roe deer (n = 2,974 at 241 localities), align their body axes in roughly a north–south direction. Direct observations of roe deer revealed that animals orient their heads northward when grazing or resting. Amazingly, this ubiquitous phenomenon does not seem to have been noticed by herdsmen, ranchers, or hunters. Because wind and light conditions could be excluded as a common denominator determining the body axis orientation, magnetic alignment is the most parsimonious explanation. To test the hypothesis that cattle orient their body axes along the field lines of the Earth's magnetic field, we analyzed the body orientation of cattle from localities with high magnetic declination. Here, magnetic north was a better predictor than geographic north. This study reveals the magnetic alignment in large mammals based on statistically sufficient sample sizes. Our findings open horizons for the study of magnetoreception in general and are of potential significance for applied ethology (husbandry, animal welfare). They challenge neuroscientists and biophysics to explain the proximate mechanisms.
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I first met Leslie in March 2,000. Lesley informed me of her medical conditions, which were obviously severe, due to the discomfort in her face as she struggles to sit comfortably. Her complexion appears pale and her hair looks dry and dull, lacking lustre with evidence of greying. Lesley added that her hair becomes oily and requires frequent washing. Her nails show no signs of half moons and are lined. Perspiration at night and in the daytime is a regular problem, resulting in often waking with the bedding soaked. Her eyes are often watery. Blood pressure is High.
Lesley has been diagnosed with: Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis, Lumber spondulosis. Lesley smokes twenty cigarettes a day and coughs intermittently since she developed asthnma 5 years ago. Long sight is good, but poor short range sight. Excessive Perspiration, which increases during coughing. Complete - blackouts sometimes resulting in a fall.
Lesley, who, aged 53 years suffers from very intense pain, 24 hours a day seven days a week and only manages two hours of sleep at night, due to severe discomfort and night-time-urination urgency, 3 to four times per night.
In the months that followed, Lesley's condition was observed to deteriorate rapidly and often became the topic of conversation at the table of our friends in Brixham.
Her spine is becoming more distorted, leaving her arched forward and unable to straighten up, due to intense pain.
Turning over in bed presents real problems and involves raising her knees and levering herself over in three stages.
Leslie's Brother has to help her out of bed every morning due to her further deterioration at night and a problem with her balance on rising from bed.
Dressing has become increasingly more difficult due to Lesley being unable to raise her arms above shoulder height and unable to flex her shoulders back.
Her lower spine and left side are where she experiences most discomfort and pain. From her right hip, down the outside of her leg to her toes is affected constantly by a sharp pain also, though less severe than the left side
This presents a considerable challenge when even a fifty yard walk uphill, aided by a walking stick for support and to assist with balance, requires a rest for two to three minutes due to intensified pain in spine and legs. Her asthma is also aggravated and her breathing becomes laboured. Watching Lesley navigate a small kitchen reveals the severity of her mobility problem. She mostly sits and complains about her pain and discomfort.
Lesley informed me that she no longer has a bath and uses a shower, because she cannot get in and out of the bath anymore.
Carrying shopping further aggravates her discomfort. Her R/ hand has always been weak with pins and needle type sensation. Opening screw caps with her right hand is not possible. R/hand thumb sometimes devoid of sensation.
When the weather is warm and humid, it causes problems with her asthma. When the weather is cold and wet, in the Winter, she is in more severe pain than normal.
Medication: Morphine, Tylex, Salbutamol, Beckatide, Hormone replacement therapy- H.R.T.
Lesley eventually raised her bed by six inches at the head end on the 27th June 2,000.
Found I am able to get out of bed on my own.
Slept better but spent a night at friends and slept flat. I experienced severe pain resulting with my brother having to help me out of bed in the morning. The pain lasted the whole day and the medication did not work.
No pain in legs at night and daytime pain improved, but during the day it becomes progressively worse, but not quite so bad as before.
I am walking more, but with additional aches due to increased activity. Perspiration unchanged.
Meeting with Lesley.
Lesley's appearance appears to have changed, her complexion looks healthy with more colour, her hair looked shiny and more body. She also noticed that her hair is becoming less oily.
She appears to be more upright in her posture and expresses less pain in her face when she moves around. She is standing longer and is obviously more active than before. Her medication remains unchanged, yet she mentions that she is in far less pain than before she raised her bed. Heather, her friend, commented that she had been forgetting to use her walking stick. Judy, my wife also noticed her carrying her stick.
Overdone the walking, while her family was visiting, walked about a mile involving a steep hill from Brixham to her home. Leslie could not have done this before she raised her bed.
20th July "I saw my doctor today and took your information to him. He replied; 'This is the famous bed I have heard about'.
"I do not have much pain now and have reduced my medication by half. I can now walk up the hill without stopping".
"I sometimes forget to take my walking stick with me. One day, I had walked to the top of the hill and then sent my Brother back for my stick, which I had left at my friend's house".
"My sleeping has improved to between 3 and 4 hours".
"I have no pain in my legs whatsoever when retiring to bed and I can turn easier, not so much of a struggle".
"My Brother still helps me out of bed on the odd morning. This is a vast improvement for me, though my balance is still poor in the mornings".
"I can now lift my arms above my head and flex my shoulders back". Which she demonstrated with ease, saying; "I have not been able to do this for fifteen years"!
My wife and I, and Lesley's friends have noticed that she is not complaining about pain and is now more agile, navigating the garden and home with comparative ease. She also is sitting more upright than before.
Symptoms / changes to monitor while taking part in inclined bed therapy (IBT)
Short term use of inclined bedrest over 1 to 2 days
Symptoms / changes to monitor while taking part in inclined bed therapy (IBT)
Short term use of inclined bedrest over 1 to 2 days
Heart rate. Prediction: 10 to 12 beats per minutes slower during inclined sleep.
Heart rate. Prediction: Improved stroke volume.
Respiration. Prediction: 4 to five breaths per minute slower during inclined sleep.
Respiration. Prediction: Improved performance of the lungs and increased gas exchange.
Urine. Prediction: Increased specific gravity of urine following inclined sleep.
Urine. Prediction: Darker stronger smelling urine produced following inclined sleep.
Urine. Prediction: Reduction in quantity of urine produced during and following inclined sleep.
Stools. Prediction: firmer stools following inclined sleep.
Metabolism. Prediction: Improved body temperature, raised by 1 degree or more and remaining stable throughout inclined sleep.
Metabolism. Prediction: Body heat more evenly distributed, should be obvious with thermal camera, when viewing arms, hands, feet and lower legs.
Sleep. Prediction: Improved sleep pattern, improved state of restfulness, lighter sleep, possibly avoiding rem sleep altogether.
Spasm. Prediction, involuntary movement reduction and an obvious elimination of symptoms in some cases.
Rising. Prediction: improved balance and increase in energy upon rising from inclined bed.
Rising. Prediction: there may also be some Initial dizziness with some people during the first two weeks of inclined sleep) But this should resolve following the first two weeks.
Circulation. Prediction: Improved circulation, confirmed by thermal imaging camera, showing warmer hands and feet during inclined sleep.
Pain. Prediction: reduction in ms and non-ms related pain.
Medium term 1 to four weeks
Pain. Prediction: muscular and joint pain may increase, causing similar symptoms to those following exercise, probably due to increased circulation through muscles and joints
Pain. Prediction: Some people on the study may develop a stiff neck. Believed to be due to the development of a more upright posture. The weight distribution on the spine is thought to have changed meaning that unpolished areas are being used to support the weight. This usually resolves within two weeks.
Pain. Prediction: there may be an increase in pain at the hands and feet, burning sensation and pins and needles similar to cooling hands in winter and initial warming of hands near fire.
Energy. Prediction: Steady increase in energy and general feeling of well-being, more able to get going in the mornings and less likely to sleep in the day.
Strength. Prediction: Marginal Increase in strength and activity.
Sinus. Prediction: Improved or resolved.
Heart rate and respiration rate Prediction: noticeably stronger than pre-inclined sleep.
Oedema Prediction: Reduced swelling, also helped by use of stocking support at night in long term severe oedema.
Varicose veins. Measurable / Visible reduction in size and colour of veins, indicating the development of improved /reduced pressure inside the venous system. Thought to develop from the flow and return system resulting from moisture loss from skin and lungs, which should be confirmed by reduced urine production. However, in some cases where excessive fluid retention is an ongoing problem, there might be an increase of fluid loss from the bladder. This could be confirmed by monitoring the weight of people with this problem.
Weight. Prediction: Improved food uptake during inclined sleep has been shown to cause weight gain in some cases. However, it appears that the weight gain does not increase the size of the person, and is thought to result from an increase in bone and muscle density. Osteoporosis for instance has been shown to improve considerably within the first four months, to the point where symptoms have been completely resolved in some cases.
Bladder. Prediction: Improved bladder control and reduction in bathroom visits during inclined sleep.
Bowel. Prediction: Improved bowel function, production of firmer stools, indicating improved uptake of fluids from digestive system.
Spasm. Prediction: Reduction in spasm, although an initial increase in spasm has been observed prior to the regain of either function or sensitivity.
Pain. Prediction: Some people might experience an increase in pain, or the development of a new pain. This is thought to be caused by the purging of the nervous system through improved circulation within the central and peripheral nervous system. This is usually short term and often is followed by the return of either a lost function or an improvement in sensitivity. It has also been observed to be the same for someone with a spinal cord injury.
Balance. Prediction: Continued improvements in balance will develop on a steady course from week 4.
MS Related Predictions: There should be some evidence within the four week period of MS Symptom improvements. It appears that the longer someone has had multiple sclerosis the longer it takes them to respond to the therapy. Improved sensitivity, functions, lethargy, energy,
Long Term Use Of Inclined Bed
The report by John Simkins, titled Raised Bed Survey, uses the following symptoms list in his table:
Mobility/Balance, Tremor, Spasm, Co-ordination, Skin Quality/Healing, Optical, Oedema & Veins, Bladder, sensory, mood swings, strength / endurance, energy level, sleep patterns, wake up, condition nails, condition hair, temperature, pain.
These appear to be all useful and should be monitored during the proposed study.
Finger / toe nails should be clipped and kept before and during the study, which should run for 18 months. Hair should also be monitored closely as condition and colour is observed to change in the long term, and could easily be confirmed by comparing before and after hair samples. I know of one case of leukaemia where the hair did not fall out following radiation treatment, whereas it always fell out prior to sleeping inclined.
These are some of the parameters, which I feel could either prove or disprove that inclined sleep has a beneficial holistic healing effect on the body, irrespective of the condition. No doubt your department could add to these parameters.Add a comment
You Made Your Bed Now Lie In It!
But the chances are that you didn't make your bed, in fact someone with zero scientific understanding of human physiology and circulation made your bed flat without questioning whether it was safe to do so, despite all of the literature in medical journals painting a disturbing picture of how simply sleeping flat causes our body to degenerate and the longer we sleep flat the faster the body ages, in fact bed-rest according to NASA ages our body 10 times faster and resembles the same degenerating effects that floating in space causes in astronauts. Make one's bed and lie in it, but are you Inclined to Sleep Inclined?
If You Didn't Make Your Bed Inclined, You Most Certainly Don't Have To Lie In It!
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There is a disturbing move towards assisted deaths amongst politicians and the medical health industry. Assisted Suicide may be a choice for some, but "Assisted Life" is by far the better alternative!
Assisted death is and always has been practiced with the Liverpool Pathway (Slowly killing a person by not giving that patient food or water) And the removal of pillows to lay a person flat, which accelerates death in patients who according to the administrators are beyond hope. These practices are often spoken of but seldom can be found written in literature.
I have wittnessed the removal of pillows from a patient who was terminally ill, by nurses several years ago and death followed within minutes.
Instead of injecting lethal chemicals into patients shouldn't we first try injecting some common sense into our Health Care?
If placing a patient flat can accelerate their death, should we be doing something about all of the patients who are cared for on flat beds?
Inclined Bed Therapy (IBT) has been shown to help restore a patients health when all "conventional help" has failed. Many irreversible and serious medical conditions have positively responded to avoiding sleeping on a flat bed, something that many people do every night and will never think to question how safe sleeping on a flat bed is until it's detrimental de-conditioning effects are felt.
To begin your journey back to health listen to the Inclined Bed Therapy radio interviews:
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Research relating to spinal cord injury using inclined bed therapy (IBT)