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Your Guide to Buying a Bed Wedge

InteVision Bed Wedge
Yehuda Posnick

Some medical conditions call for sleeping in a bed using a bed wedge. It’s like a specially-constructed pillow, that you place either at head or foot of the bed. It can tilt the foot of the bed so that the legs are elevated—that’s good for people who have poor circulation in their legs. Or it can elevate the head and upper body. That’s important in conditions like a hiatal hernia, breathing problems, or acid reflux. In any event, they can help you get a more restful sleep, and help avoid a lot of aches and pains during the day. Here is a guide to some of the best bed wedges on the market.

InteVision Bed Wedge

InteVision Ortho Bed Wedge with High Quality, Removable Cover

Types of Bed Wedge

There is a great variety of shapes and styles to bed wedges, but they still fall into definite groups. The best way to distinguish between the types of bed wedges is by their shape:

  • One-piece, simple bed wedge: This is a single, triangular-shaped piece of foam rubber. They come in a variety of angles, with a gentle or sharper incline. (The gradual slope is found to be more comfortable if you sleep on your side. But you might want a more sharp incline if you suffer from back pain and/or breathing problems.) The problem here is that if you don’t find the angle of the incline to be comfortable, there isn’t much for you to adjust.

  • Two-piece, contoured back bed wedge: Your spine has a natural curvature to it. These are bed wedges, that come in two pieces, that try to fit the contour of your spine.

  • Three-piece, zero-gravity bed wedge: This is similar to the zero-gravity chair: it raises your knees, feet and head. It is a wedge that comes in three pieces. Putting your body at a 120-degree angle, and with your feet the same height as your head, is considered the most relaxed body position. This type of bed wedge can be arranged in as many as 8 different positions!

  • Flip pillows: Contour Health makes a wedge that consists of two soft pillows that are connected with a zipper. It can assume more shapes than the typical foam rubber wedge. It can support you while reading sitting upright, on your stomach, or on your back.

    Medslant Bed Wedge Pillow

    Medslant Wedge Pillow for Acid Reflux

    What People Are Saying

Based on all the consumers’ reviews we’ve scanned, these are the top things they mentioned about their new stuff:

  • Durable, machine-washable cover: These bed wedges come in special dimensions, so it’s best that the pillow comes with a durable, custom-sized cover. This way, the cover will absorb any stains or spills, and the wedge itself will remain clean. Also, if you live in a hot climate, make sure that the pillow cover doesn’t make you sweat. (Some say that the “memory-foam” tends to make them feel hot.)

  • Foam material: Some wedges are made with “memory foam”: this is polyurethane foam that maintains its shape when you apply pressure—even after you get up from the pillow. This is especially good with a pillow and back support, since it retains your natural body shape. It’s almost like sleeping on a waterbed! (Well, not quite—most wedges have a more solid, urethane center.)

  • Folds up when not in use, for easy storage: Have in mind that the wedges that come in more than one piece can fold up. Besides giving you a number of options for how to arrange the pieces, you can also fold them up to pack it away and save space.

  • Hypoallergenic/dust mite resistant pillow: Down pillows use fine goose and duck feathers—they are known to be especially warm and comfortable. But some people have an allergy to such feathers. Another problem are dust mites that also collect in down pillows, and can cause allergic reactions. So these urethane and polyurethane pillows are known to avoid both of these problems.

    Useful Tips for Shoppers

  • Not only for the bed: The bed wedge can sometimes be used on the couch or floor as well—or even if you want to lie on your stomach!

  • Treats respiratory problems: People find that a wedge pillow aids against snoring and sinus congestion. If you have a cold and find it hard to breathe, elevating your head a little more might ease that.

  • Treats digestive problems: Elevating your head and neck can help relieve acid reflux and heartburn. This way, the stomach acids won’t come back up into your esophagus while sleeping.

  • Relieve back and neck pain, and muscle tension: These wedge pillows are designed to place your head higher. This relieves muscle tension, and adds spinal support. It is also good for people recovering from back surgery. You can also stand the wedge upright to support you while sitting in bed as well. Keeping your neck higher than your shoulders is key to relieving neck strain.

  • Elevating feet: People who are on their feet all the time during the day might find it beneficial to elevate their feet at night—in such a way that the ankles are higher than the knees. They find that it aids circulation in the feet, and reduces swelling (edema, in medical terms).

  • Zippered connections: The parts of multi-piece wedges sometimes connect with zippers. This allows the wedge to maintain the position that you place it in, even though you may toss and turn at night.

    Top Brands

Avana–is a sleep health company located in Atlanta, Georgia. They make wedge pillows that elevate the upper body to relieve pressure on the chest and sinuses. Their pillows are made from urethane foam for support, as well as memory foam which fits to your body.

Intevision–is a maker of a number of support pillows and bed wedges. Their wedges are known for their orthopedic support of the back and upper body, employing “memory foam” for greater comfort.

Contour Products–were founded in 1991, and are located in Charlotte, North Carolina. They make a variety of specialty sleep, comfort, and support bedding products. Their bed wedges were designed with the know-how of physicians, chiropracters, and sleep experts.

Spine Reliever–are retailers of bed wedges that support the feet and legs, as well as support cushions for the spine and upper back. Their bed wedge can support sitting up at 60 degrees, or lying down at 30 degrees.

Aeris–is a manufacturer of a number of wedge pillows, mattresses, and neck pillows, in a number of sizes. They also make pillows and cushions for back support for car seats and office chairs.

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