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60 of 61 people found the following review helpful
on May 21, 2006
I have night-time reflux and most nights I'd wake up choking and gasping for air. Just awful! To say that I dreaded going to bed is an understatement. I ordered the king-size Mattress Genie and haven't choked since!
Just as efficient as a wedge pillow, but without the fear of falling off. If you've ever slept on a wedge, you know the benefits of elevating your head to alleviate symptoms of acid reflux/GERD, sleep apnea, sinus, etc. However, in my experience, the problem with the wedge is that it's too narrow for an "active" sleeper like me. The Mattress Genie completely eliminated my worries of ending up lying flat because it raises the entire head of the mattress, so I can move around freely in my sleep and still be elevated.
The price can't be beat. I would love to have an adjustable bed, but I'm not ready to shell out thousands of dollars for it. The Mattress Genie is the perfect alternative. It installs quickly and easily - Just move the head of your mattress one third of the way down; place the deflated MG on top of the box spring and pull the mattress back up on top of it. Now adjust until you find your "sweet spot." The air pump can even be switched off to avoid accidental inflation/deflation. The hand control remains illuminated as long as it's plugged into an outlet. If this light bothers you while you sleep, just stick the control in your nightstand drawer if you have one, or under your bed.
Since the MG is comprised of only one air chamber, the only flaw that I've found is the motion of the mattress when a second person gets into bed. My husband usually goes to bed later than me, and almost every time I am awakened by the jiggling of the mattress when he gets into bed. It's a small price to pay, though, for a choking-free night's sleep.
Update: I've been using the MG for a little over 6 months now. The jiggling of the mattress I mentioned previously is no longer a problem. A couple of weeks is all it took to get used to it. So, I still give the MG two very enthusiastic thumbs up!