Re: Raising head of bed for GERD
I'm not sure I need to do so (I'm not even sure I have real reflux DISEASE, either GERD or LPRD), but when my regular doc speculated I have reflux disease, I already had my bed on 6" cinder blocks for incline! LOL. It is for my husband in hopes of reducing his snoring. We've been sleeping this way for some 8 mos. now (I've been suffering for 4+ mos).
Yes, it's bothersome in some ways, but generally it doesn't bug me much. It bugs me less for sleep than it does for waking every-day activities. Silly things like wanting to sit anywhere on the bed while preparing to dress. Especially annoying because I had a butt problem (which probably led to my reflux problems) which doesn't like to be out of alignment. So I mostly use the foot of the bed for sitting so I can sit straight!
As far as sleeping, yes, we (and the mattress) slide a bit. It just doesn't bug me much, except for the fact I end up further from my alarm clock than I started, etc. 1 thing that helps is to use friction - bending at your knees so your calves are perpendicular to your body really increases the drag area and you can't really slide.
As for the idea about not using wedges - it makes sense. Actually, the reason is you are bending your stomach, which increases the upward pressure on it and the sphincter. Essentially it's like having gas - you've made your stomach more tense and it pushes upward. Not good.
Unfortunately, the concept of wedges and pillows still swirls around these fora even from people who've suffered for years and have posted 1000 times. They might be a half-decent substitute when you're traveling, but not at home.