Whether you are looking for an inclined, acid reflux side sleeper pillow, or a wedge pillow that positions you correctly while lying flat and on your side, you are in the right place. In this article, I will break down key features to look for in any side sleeper wedge pillow.
Acid reflux wedge pillow for side sleepers
If you are looking for an acid reflux pillow for side sleepers, you will want to look for one that has an incline height of at least 7 inches. This is the most common physician recommended height for a wedge pillow to combat acid reflux or GERD.
An acid reflux side sleeper pillow has contours that support your back, shoulder, and hips. When you lie on your side without supporting your natural curves, it can lead to shoulder pain, back pain, or hip pain. A GERD pillow for side sleepers will support your body so this does not happen.
A leg elevation pillow for side sleepers is important to use in conjunction with an incline pillow. Another name for this type of pillow is a leg separator pillow. An ergonomically correct leg separator pillow should offer your top leg enough support so your hip, knee, and ankle are the same height. Your top leg should be parallel with the bed. Sleeping with both pillows ensures your knee, hips, and low back are fully relaxed.
Characteristics to look for in an acid reflux side sleeper pillow
When you are looking for the best wedge pillow for side sleepers, look for one made with CertiPUR-US® certified foams. These are high quality foams that meet rigorous health and safety standards. You can feel safe bringing these foams into your home.
Also, look for an incline pillow that is made with a firm polyurethane base. Polyurethane foam is a durable foam that will maintain its shape and offer your body the best support. For maximal comfort, the polyurethane foam base should be topped with at least 1 inches of memory foam. Your body will love how it feels to have the memory foam topper slowly conform to your curves, giving you the support you need.
Non-inclined wedge pillow for side sleepers
If you are not looking for an incline pillow, but are looking for a way to sleep more comfortably on your side, you might be looking for a side sleeper wedge. This small wedge is critical for side sleeping comfort. By supporting the contour of your waist, it prevents your spine from resting all night unsupported. Sleeping on your side without support can lead to pain, stiffness, and muscle soreness in the morning.
Both a side sleeper wedge and a leg separator pillow are necessary for side sleepers who do not need an incline. After using these, you will wake up refreshed, rejuvenated, and ready to start the day.
With everything you have learned about finding the best wedge pillow for side sleepers, you have all the tools you need to transform your side sleeping experience!
-Hillary Blare, Doctor of Physical Therapy