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Mattress Wedge for Acid Reflux

Updated on May 14, 2014

Sleeping upright is best for GERD patients

You don't have to sleep in a chair.  You can sleep comfortably in your own bed with a bed wedge.
You don't have to sleep in a chair. You can sleep comfortably in your own bed with a bed wedge. | Source

Why use an acid reflux wedge?

If you are dealing with heartburn you may have heard that you should try a bed wedge to get more comfortable sleep at night. Most doctors recommend a sleeping upright to their patients with acid reflux. The easiest and most comfortable way to do this is to use a mattress wedge for acid reflux.

What do wedge pillows do?

They are designed to keep your torso elevated so that stomach acid doesn't move into the esophagus, and burn the esophageal lining (which is the cause of the discomfort), while you sleep.

Now, you may be thinking, I can just pile up a bunch of regular pillows to do that! But here's why regular pillows don't work. Regular pillows lose their shape and firmness over time. Sleep wedge pillows for acid reflux are designed to maintain their shape and allow you proper sleep alignment.

The best thing about this treatment is that there are no negative side effects, only positive ones!

How to choose a good acid reflux wedge

  • Large wedges work best. Short wedges and pillows put more pressure on your lower esophageal sphincter which can make heartburn worse.
  • 6 to 8 inches. Doctors recommend an incline of 6 to 8 inches or 30 to 45 degrees. Look for a pillow that has at least 6 inches of height.
  • Length. The Mayo Clinic suggests that you elevate from the waist up. A longer bed wedge will work best for this.

MedSlant wedge pillow

The MedSlant acid reflux wedge is a foam wedge that measures 32 x 24 inches and gives you a sleep elevation of 7 inches.

This wedge pillow comfortably allows you to sleep on your side or your back. You can also use your regular pillow with it.

It is hypoallergenic and is even versatile enough to use in a baby's crib.

Miracle Gel Memory Foam Wedge

The Miracle Wedge pillow for acid reflux sufferers is a foam wedge that measures 24 x 24 inches and gives you a sleep elevation of 7.5 inches. It is also light weight and easily transportable at only 5 pounds.

Its distinguishing feature is that it is made of cool gel memory foam. It should not feel hot or uncomfortable against the skin, meaning better sleep through the night for you.

Miracle Wedge also claims comfortable sleep on your side and/or back. This pillow has been specifically designed for acid reflux and GERD sufferers.

Contour folding wedge pillow

The Contour folding wedge pillow measures 24 x 24 x 12. It gives a bit more height than the other mentioned sleep wedges.

It is a full-sized pillow meaning you should be able to get elevation from the torso. While it is long enough for torso elevation it is convertible.

The sleep wedge folds in half for so that you can store it in smaller spaces when it is not use.

Contour Folding Wedge


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