What is Gastroesophageal reflux disease
Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, is a chronic condition where in stomach contents rush back up into the esophagus because of this, GERD is also commonly referred to as acid reflux. There are different reasons why people suffer from GERD and different ways by which the condition can be managed. One of these ways is using a bed wedge. Bed wedges are designed to elevate the torso, preventing stomach acid from backing up and burning the lining of the esophagus during sleep. Wedge pillows come in various sizes, ranging in elevation between six and eight inches.
How a wedge pillow works
Wedge pillows follow a simple principle—by elevating your torso, it keeps stomach acids from entering the esophagus as opposed to what would happen if you slept on your back using a regular pillow. With your torso, shoulders, and head elevated, gravity keeps your stomach contents in so they can’t rush back up the esophagus. Although they vary in size, wedge pillows may be used for different sleeping positions. Whether you sleep on your side or on your back, using a bed wedge will not cause any tension on your neck or head, leaving you with a comfortable support that will let you enjoy a good night’s sleep. You can also use wedge pillows alongside other treatment options for better results.
Can’t you just use a regular pillow to prop you up?
Bed wedge pillows are one of the best remedies for acid reflux. Regular pillows eventually lose their firmness and start sagging so they aren’t recommended for treating acid reflux. Even using several pillows won’t do because they can’t give you the support you need exactly. Wedge pillows are recommended because aside from being made from materials that retain their firmness, they are also ergonomically designed so they are made to properly support the body during sleep, not only alleviating acid reflux but letting you sleep better as well.
Risks and side effects
Using a bed wedge has zero risks and side effects so you should have nothing to worry about. Should you find a bed wedge not comfortable enough, you can safely switch to another pillow. You can even stop using bed wedges altogether and you’ll be fine. Of course, you may start suffering from acid reflux again because you’ll be sleeping on your back without ample elevation, but the act of stopping using a pillow wedge itself is nothing to be concerned about. You just can’t do the same with other acid reflux treatment options.