If you are reading this at 3 a.m. Then you are looking for answers and you have my sympathy.
Although acid reflux is a common condition, it’s not much of a consolation when you are propped up with every pillow in the vicinity hoping it will give enough relief to let you drop off.
Unfortunately, trying to sleep with all your pillows propped up is not only lumpy and uncomfortable but is likely to make you feel worse putting your head at an angle that can increase pressure on the stomach making your reflux worse.
Once acid reflux kick in, you will feel miserable, your heartburn or acid indigestion can last for hours and while over the counter medication is usually the first thing you will want to reach for, they can make you feel nauseated and often aren’t 100 percent effective.
Prevention is key
So what steps can you take to avoid acid reflux and get a good night’s sleep?
According to a study in the Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology ‘Elevation of the upper body at night is generally recommended for all patients with GERD’ – ‘the height of the bed head elevation is critical and it must be at least 6–8 inches to be at least minimally effective to prevent reflux of gastric contents.’
So it’s a choice of either propping the whole bed up on bricks at one end – not a great look for those of us who don’t want our bedrooms to look like the funhouse at a fairground, or go for a foam wedge bed pillow.
There are, of course, many other reasons you may need to sleep with your head elevated apart from acid reflux, if you have problems breathing, poor circulation, back or neck problems, are post-surgery or snore, for example, a foam wedge bed pillow may help you enormously.
The Best 12″ Wedge Pillow: InteVision Foam Wedge Bed Pillow
The Best 12″ Wedge Pillow
So you do everything right (usually) but one late-night snack and you are guaranteed to be up half the night feeling miserable. Sleeping on this bed wedge is going to save you hours of discomfort by keeping your upper body elevated at an angle that will keep you comfortable and reflux free.
At 12″ in height, it more than meets the minimum inches required in height to be effective against acid reflux.
What makes this foam wedge stand out from most, though, is its 1″ memory foam top layer for added comfort.
However, it does have a firm base made from highly resilient polyurethane foam and so the wedge feels medium-firm to lie on. Don’t expect to sink right into it.
As with all wedge bed pillows, you should think of it more as an extension of your mattress and you should add a pillow for head support.
Another great feature of this wedge is that it has built-in channels between the top memory foam layer and the base foam to enhance air circulation and give you a cooler sleeping experience.
The only downside is that because the pillow is quite steep, you may find yourself sliding down it a little in the night, but the fact that it has 1″ of memory foam means this is less likely since it will mold around you, keeping you more supported and in place than an ordinary wedge pillow of the same dimensions.
The Best 7.5″ Wedge Pillow: InteVision Foam Wedge Bed Pillow
The Best 7.5″ Wedge Pillow
If you like what this wedge pillow has to offer and would like all the features that go with it, but still feel it is going to be a little steep for you, then the 7.5″ height, InteVision Foam Wedge Bed Pillow would be your perfect choice.
Either 12″ or the 7.5″ wedges can be used in a number of ways, they are suitable for raising the legs by simply placing the wedge at the bottom of the bed to provide relief from varicose veins or swollen ankles, etc. and both make a perfect backrest when placed in the upright position for reading, watching tv or just relaxing in bed.
Although both the wedge pillows come with a machine-washable white cover, an optional 400 thread count, 100% Egyptian cotton pillowcase is also available in both white and dark blue.
12″ wedge pillow 25″ x 24″ x 12″
7.5″ wedge pillow 26″ x 25″ x 7.5″
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The Aidapt Foam Bed Wedge
Don’t expect to sink into the Aidapt like a large soft wedge-shaped pillow. You have to think of this wedge in terms of a mattress extension. Memory foam lets you sink in, high-density foam doesn’t and this bed wedge is medium/firm. You are going to need your pillow if you don’t want your head to roll over to one side or the other but if you like a firm mattress, this may be the one for you.
At almost nine and a half inches in height, this foam bed wedge is reasonably steep. It more than fulfills the minimum requirement of ‘at least 6-8 inches required to be minimally effective’ so will keep your upper body elevated enough to keep acid reflux at bay. The light-weights amongst us, however, may find ourselves sliding down it a little in the night. If you feel this bed wedge might be a little too steep for you, please do check out my review of the Flex Foam Bed Wedge.
The fact that the angle is substantial, does mean that the cushion may be used very effectively in the upright position, as a backrest while reading, etc. Another advantage is that unlike some wedges, spare washable covers are also available to buy separately.
View the Aidapt Foam Bed Wedge here.
View the spare pillowcase for the 9.45″ x 23.62″ x 2.44″ Aidapt wedge here.
So Is A Foam Wedge Bed Pillow Right For You?
What if you never had to sleep on lumpy stacked up pillows that crick your neck and hunch you over, just to get enough relief from gastric reflux to let you sleep?
Remember, one ruined night’s sleep spoils the following day too so even if you are one of the many occasional sufferers of acid reflux, a foam bed wedge will make you so much more comfortable helping you and your stomach to relax.
A Note About Gassing Off
As with all new foam products, there is going to be some degree of ‘gassing off’ (that chemical smell that dissipates over a period of hours to days) and so it is advisable to let the wedge air, preferably outside on a dry day or at least in a ventilated area or room for at least 24 hours. The amount of odor seems to vary between different brands and even between the same brand. Some people are more sensitive to this than others but it is sensible not to spend several straight hours in close proximity to any new foam product without first airing it out.