Why You Need a Wedge Pillow
Be honest — are you really comfortable sleeping flat on your back? What if there were a different way?
One where you could sleep better, wake up feeling more rested, and maybe ease some of your health problems, too?
You need a wedge pillow.
If you have upper back or neck pain, problems with sinus pressure or drainage, glaucoma, lower back pain, or acid reflux, sleeping on a wedge pillow could help.
Popping yourself up on a wedge pillow at night could alleviate your snoring. If you’re pregnant, it could help give you the support you need to sleep comfortably on your side as your belly grows.
Even if you just want to lounge more comfortably in bed while watching TV, reading, or using your laptop, a wedge pillow could be the answer.
Enjoy Better Health
You might be surprised at how much something as seemingly trivial as your sleeping position can affect your health.
But, believe it or not, there are several health conditions that can be improved by simply propping yourself up a little in your sleep.
For example, if you snore, using a wedge pillow can ensure that your soft palate tissues aren’t blocking your airway anymore. Thus, relieving your snoring.
If you have sleep apnea related to your snoring, elevating yourself can help. It helps to keep your airways clear at night even as your soft palate tissues relax with sleep.
If you have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), sleeping slightly elevated on a wedge pillow keeps your stomach acids from flowing back up into your esophagus, through gravity alone.
If you experience sinus drainage that causes coughing and other symptoms during the day, propping yourself up during sleep helps.
It allows mucus drainage to make its way down your throat instead of pooling where it can cause inflammation.
Propping yourself up on a wedge pillow can bring relief from sinus symptoms caused by colds and flu, too.
It can even be a good choice to control your eye pressure at night if you have glaucoma. Sleeping in a fully reclined position could cause your eye pressure to go up.
Ease Back Pain
If you suffer from any kind of back pain, one or a pair of wedge pillows could help you sleep more comfortably and wake up without pain.
If you primarily experience pain in your neck or upper back, you need to sleep with your spine aligned and supported.
That’s just not possible if you sleep flat on your back.
Buy a wedge pillow so you can sleep slightly elevated. This allows your hips, shoulders, and vertebrae to stack in perfect alignment.
Sleep Supported During Pregnancy
After a certain point in pregnancy, you can pretty much only sleep on your side. A wedge pillow can give you the support you need to sleep comfortably on your side during pregnancy.
Tuck the thin side of the wedge pillow under your belly to give it the support it needs and prevent pain.
You can also support your lower back and belly at the same time by tucking the thick side of the wedge pillow between your knees and the thin side under your belly.
If you like to watch TV, read, or use your laptop in bed, you need support to lounge comfortably. A wedge pillow is perfect for lounging in bed.
Just flip it upright so that it’s balanced on its thick side. You’ll have a perfect supportive surface to recline against with your spine at a comfortable angle.
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You can even use a second wedge pillow to support your knees as you read or use your laptop.
These pillows can give you the kind of sleep support you need to wake up refreshed and pain-free.
They can even provide relief from some common health problems.
Do you need a wedge pillow?
Let me know, til then—cheers m’deres!
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Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela and partner and best friend to Darasak. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.