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What health issues can a wedge pillow help with?

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A wedge-shaped pillow might be able to help with many sleep and health issues:

Acid reflux

If you have reflux or GERD, stomach acid flows back into your esophagus -- the tube that connects your stomach and mouth. It’s often worse at night because acid backs up and causes you to cough and feel like you’re choking.

Wedge pillows use gravity to help acid drain into the stomach instead of staying in your throat. If you sleep with your head up at an angle, it may lead to fewer reflux symptoms.

Sinus problems

Keeping your head and shoulders at an angle also can help ease sinus pressure and help drain your sinuses.

Neck and back pain

To keep your spine straight, turn a wedge pillow so the high end is under your neck if you sleep on your back. This helps keep your spinal column in a straight line to ease neck and back pain.

Pregnancy

At this time, it’s healthiest to sleep on your side. Tucking a wedge pillow between your legs will support your lower back and your belly to make it easier to stay on your side and sleep well.

Glaucoma and eye pressure

Glaucoma is a condition that damages your eye’s optic nerve. It can lead to blindness. It’s usually linked to a buildup of pressure in your eye. Using a wedge pillow can help ease this pressure when you sleep.

From: Wedge Pillows WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Harvard Health: “Is your pillow hurting your health?” “Say ‘good night’ to neck pain.”

Consumer Reports: “Do Specialty Pillows Really Work?” “The Best Pillow for the Way You Sleep.”

The Better Sleep Council: “Make Sure Your Head Hits the Right Pillow.”

National Sleep Foundation: “GERD and Sleep.”

Mayo Clinic: “Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD),” “Snoring,” “Glaucoma.”

Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology : “Effect of bed head elevation during sleep in symptomatic patients of nocturnal gastroesophageal reflux.”

Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology : “A Novel Sleep Positioning Device Reduces Gastroesophageal Reflux: A Randomized Controlled Trial.”

Sleep and Breathing : “The influence of head-of-bed elevation in patients with obstructive sleep apnea.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Is Your Pillow Giving You a Stiff Neck? 7 Tips,” “Sleep During Pregnancy.”

American Journal of Critical Care : “Clinicians' perception of head-of-bed elevation.”

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on April 17, 2020

SOURCES:

Harvard Health: “Is your pillow hurting your health?” “Say ‘good night’ to neck pain.”

Consumer Reports: “Do Specialty Pillows Really Work?” “The Best Pillow for the Way You Sleep.”

The Better Sleep Council: “Make Sure Your Head Hits the Right Pillow.”

National Sleep Foundation: “GERD and Sleep.”

Mayo Clinic: “Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD),” “Snoring,” “Glaucoma.”

Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology : “Effect of bed head elevation during sleep in symptomatic patients of nocturnal gastroesophageal reflux.”

Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology : “A Novel Sleep Positioning Device Reduces Gastroesophageal Reflux: A Randomized Controlled Trial.”

Sleep and Breathing : “The influence of head-of-bed elevation in patients with obstructive sleep apnea.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Is Your Pillow Giving You a Stiff Neck? 7 Tips,” “Sleep During Pregnancy.”

American Journal of Critical Care : “Clinicians' perception of head-of-bed elevation.”

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on April 17, 2020

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