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What is a wedge pillow?
A wedge pillow is a therapeutic pillow designed with a sloping shape to support and elevate certain body parts.
It helps to improve comfort and alleviate various health concerns, such as acid reflux and joint pain.
A wedge pillow's unique, triangular shape is ideal for people who need to sleep or rest in an inclined position.
They can help with conditions like sleep apnea, acid reflux, GERD, snoring, or even surgery recovery.
We look closer at how wedge pillows can help with these conditions further down.
Wedge pillows or bed wedges are also used to elevate the legs for improved circulation or to relieve lower back pain.
They are typically made from memory or polyurethane foam and are available in many sizes and incline degrees to accommodate your preferences.
We get into the ins and outs of the different types of wedge pillows later. 👇
The different types of wedge pillows
Find out which one is right for your requirements:
Memory foam wedge pillows for sleeping contour the body's shape, providing personalised comfort and support.
They are excellent for pressure relief and can maintain shape over time due to their firmer consistency.
We recommend the Milliard Bed Wedge Pillow for the perfect memory foam support in bed.
Leg wedge pillow
Wedge pillows for leg elevation can help with ankle or knee injuries.
The pillow is placed under the knees or ankles to elevate the legs, aiding circulation, relieving back pain, and reducing pressure on the lower back.
Adjustable bed wedge pillows allow you to change the inclination angle to meet your specific needs.
They are versatile and can be used for different purposes, such as reading, sleeping or elevating a specific body part.
The Byre Wedge Pillow 5-in-1 is a great option for finding the right inclination for your body.
Triangular wedge pillows
Triangular wedge pillows have a distinct, three-sided shape or v-shape appearance.
Pop it behind your back for extra support while you're sitting up in bed reading or lying down.
Foam rubber wedge pillows
A foam rubber wedge pillow is placed between the mattress and the box spring to elevate the sleeping surface. 🛌
This is a great idea if you like your current bed set-up and just need a little elevation to help with acid reflux, snoring or neck pain.
Trust us, a wedge under your mattress can make a world of difference to your sleep. 💤
Sleep upright pillow
Sleep upright pillows are tall wedge pillows designed to help people sleep in a nearly upright position.
These are useful for people suffering from severe acid reflux, sleep apnea, or other respiratory issues that worsen when lying down.
The upright wedge pillow can take some getting used to.
After all, when you have spent your entire life lying down to sleep, it can be quite an adjustment to sleep upright.
We recommend the Milliard Bed Wedge Pillow for an upright pillow.
Inflatable wedge pillow
Inflatable wedge pillows can be deflated and packed, making them great for travel.
They are adjustable because you can control the level of inflation, and thus the height and firmness of the pillow, to your preference.
The BlaBlok Wedge is a great high-quality inflatable pillow for lumbar support on the go.
Wedge pillows aren’t just a gimmick
Wedge pillows are a cheap and easy way to relieve pain and discomfort in the bedroom.
Whether it's acid reflux or neck spasms, wedge pillows can reduce some of your symptoms and help you get a good night’s rest.
If you want something more discrete, you can put a foam wedge under your mattress or invest in a full V-shaped body pillow to cuddle all night long.