Have you been suffering from GERD or acid reflux? If so, keep reading to learn how an acid reflux sleeping wedge can help you sleep again!
What causes acid reflux?
To understand how a reflux sleeping wedge can help you sleep comfortably, it helps to know what causes acid reflux or GERD (chronic acid reflux) in the first place. Your lower esophageal sphincter is supposed to keep food and stomach acid in your stomach. Sometimes, this valve can weaken, allowing stomach contents back into your esophagus. This can lead to heartburn (burning in the middle of your chest) or regurgitation (tasting food or stomach acid).
Recommendations for a wedge pillow for acid reflux
A bed wedge for acid reflux is highly recommend by gastroenterologists to help combat acid reflux symptoms while sleeping.
Each wedge should:
- Elevate your head 6 to 8 inches.
- Be constructed with a dense foam base
- Have a 1-1.5” memory foam topper
Lying on a slight incline makes it much more difficult for stomach acid to escape back into your esophagus.
Reflux sleeping wedge for back sleepers
For back sleepers, I recommend starting with an acid reflux sleeping wedge that is 7’’ tall. This height falls directly in the middle of the physician recommended height and will work well to increase your sleeping comfort. Always place a pillow behind your head while you lie on your elevated pillow so that your neck is comfortable.
Acid reflux wedge pillow for side sleepers
A contoured, side sleeping wedge is a great option for side sleepers. The strategically placed contours support your waist and hips while you incline. A side sleeping wedge also works well for pregnant women who want to sleep on their side. It supports their belly and decrease their reflux.
You may need to look for a reflux sleeping wedge that is taller if you are overweight or have difficulty breathing when you lie flat on your back. For either of these circumstances, you may consider a 10’’ or 12’’ incline bed wedge. If you are a pregnant back sleeper with acid reflux, you will want to try a 12’’ incline bed wedge.
An acid reflux sleeping wedge makes it possible to sleep comfortably with heartburn, giving you more energy during the day to do what you love!
-Hillary Blare, Doctor of Physical Therapy