In February 1996 I began taking part in Andrew Fletcher's Experiment to assess what would be gained by sleeping at an angle.
As instructed I raised my bed by six inches at the head and expected to slide to the other end. Fortunately that did not happen. But after a few weeks I started to notice a change in my multiple sclerosis symptoms.
I first of all noticed a significant change in my circulation. The right foot was no longer uncomfortably hot during the evenings, and the signs of impending varicose veins in my legs disappeared.
Walking became much easier, especially after I tried using a dehumidifier in the bedroom to control the moisture levels in the atmosphere.
Another very pleasing improvement was in the use of my right hand, I began to write more legibly and to handle cups and cutlery with greater ease.
In September 1996 I mystified my optician when a routine eye test showed a marked improvement in the MS damaged right eye. Six months later more visual improvement was found.
This was an unusual occurrence and could only be explained by the action of a healing process in the optic nerve. The optician was very interested in Andrew's experiment and contacted him to find out more!
Other members of my family have also been involved in the experiment. We raised my teenage daughter's bed by the same angle in an attempt to alleviate a life long insomnia problem.
To our astonishment she slept soundly the very first night!
It goes without saying that we shall not be reverting to sleeping horizontally, but intend to continue using Andrew's healthier alternative.
Endnote from Andrew
Pauline's eyesight improved so much that she is now legally entitled to drive a car without wearing spectacles.
Pauline and Joyce both had supposedly iriversible optic nerve damage caused by long term progressive ms.
I will type out her hand written journal as most of the early reports were not conducted on the Internet.
ForeverSpring wrote:Pauline must be one happy lady!
Everyone with MS has various symptoms and each case is unique. However, I am wondering what long-standing “baseline” symptoms/disabilities due to MS that Pauline had, which were diminished or completely resolved by the inclined bed therapy? Can you relate what they were, and how long a time frame was involved?
The change in her vision is very dramatic. Were her vision problems due to optic neuritis or nearsightedness, farsightedness, cataracts, etc.?