The picture above shows inclined beds in an ancient hospital in Constantinople. They were reportedly the very best in health care in their time.
Can raising the head end of your bed by 6 inches really improve your health? According to the man behind the theory of inclined bed therapy, Andrew K. Fletcher, the answer is yes.
His background in engineering allowed him to make a phenomenal discovery twenty years ago about the way trees raise water to their leaves, which led him to conclude that raising the head end of our beds by 6 inches might drastically improve our circulation. Here is how it works in simple terms:
In a tree, evaporation occurs in the leaves, increasing the density of sap in the top of the tree. Gravity pulls the denser sap down towards the roots, forcing the sap at the bottom which has been diluted with water to rise. In other words, gravity pulls the heavy sap down towards the roots and the downward flow causes diluted sap from the roots to be pulled and pushed up the tree. This creates a perpetual cycle enabling the tree to circulate its nutrients from its roots to the top.
According to Fletcher’s theory, this same principal applies to the human body. Through evaporation of blood and other fluids gravity also has an effect on our circulation, not just the pumping mechanism of the heart. This means that our posture, especially when sleeping, has an enormous impact on our health.
We can even find pictures from thousands of years ago where inclined bed therapy was used, such as the one below.
This is a picture of a bed found in an ancient Egyptian tomb. The head was raised by 15 cm/6 inches.
Raising the head of your bed by 6 inches can be done in different ways, one of the methods recommended by Fletcher is the use of strong plastic blocks such as these.
We have not tried this method ourselves, but we personally know of people who have seen amazing health benefits by using the inclined bed therapy.
For more information on how this works and the kinds of health benefits it could provide, visit http://www.inclinedbedtherapy.com
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