Bed Wedge Guide

I don’t think people understand how multi-purpose a bed wedge is. You also have different versions from an under-mattress wedge, inflatable wedge, foam wedge, and much more. You even have some bed wedges that have cutouts for your arm!

Who is a Bed Wedge made for?

A bed wedge can help out many people, here is a short list of people that can benefit from a wedge…

  • Acid Reflux
  • Reading Pillow
  • Lift the legs
  • Snoring
  • Lower Back Pain
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Apnea
  • Breastfeeding
  • Elderly
  • GERD
  • Sinuses

First things first

Always consult your doctor about the use of a Bed Wedge. Only your doctor can tell you which wedge height and angle is best suited for your needs.

We only listed recommendations of bed and pillow wedges based on customer reviews and questions. Click on the “Learn More” below each section to see if this wedge is best suited for you with the guidance of your doctor.

Acid Reflux – Snoring – GERD

We found that the wedge pillow made by Medslant to be one of the best wedges we have seen for acid reflux, snoring, and GERD. The reason for picking MedSlant’s pillow over most other bed wedges is that they make their pillows in the USA. This cuts down on odd odors, vapors, or volatile organic compounds.

The wedge is also 32 inches long which support the torso better on a flat plane. Too short of a pad and you’ll get a bend around the stomach area putting pressure on it.

They also have a 7-inch height. The 7 inches has been shown in researches to be the best elevation.

They also made this pillow work fine for back and side sleepers too.

Common Questions On Medslant’s Wedge

How wide is it: The MedSlant Big is 30 inches wide, which is half the width of a Queen size mattress. A Twin is 39 inches wide, and a Full is 54 inches. The MedSlant Big will fit the width of many mattresses just fine.

Can you buy extra covers: Yes, you can get extra covers.

How much of the wedge is memory foam: The top inch is the memory foam while the rest is hypoallergenic polyurethane foam.

Does it have an odor: No, MedSlant Big does not have any odors. They make the wedge in the USA by the largest foam fabricator in North America, so there is no need to worry about VOC’s.

Is it waterproof: Nope. This wedge is not waterproof. I recommend getting a Mattress Protector to save the bed itself and if you need to, get a second Protector to wrap around the wedge.

Tall people: Many individuals who are over 6 foot tall have reported this wedge works fine for them. One customer said they were 6 foot 6 inches and had to place a pillow at the top where the headboard is to make it work. For best results, the bottom needs to come at least to your waist so that you don’t bend in the middle and put too much pressure on your stomach.

Can you put a pillow on top: Yes, you can use your regular pillow on top of this wedge. If you have a favorite pillow, you can still use it.

Mattress Elevator

Another option for those who don’t like to sleep on a pillow wedge is the Mattress Elevator. The elevator is placed under the mattress to raise it up. This allows you to sleep on your bed like normal, but the elevator lifts your head higher than your legs due to its wedge shape.

We found that the Beautyrest Mattress Elevator to be one of the best ones. This wedge helps with sinus congestion, snoring, and even sleep apnea.

Some people before buying a wedge would spend their nights in a recliner, but getting a wedge like this mattress elevator can make sleeping on a bed normal again.

The only downside we could find with this wedge was that it only gives about 4 inches of rising at the head. If you suffer from GERD, you’ll want something that is around 6 to 8 inches of rise.

Common Questions

Does it smell: Some people do report that it does smell. I always tell people to remove it from its packaging, read the directions, and allow it to expand for a couple of days. Allowing it to expand removes any odors. This can be a hard question to answer since some noses are more alert to odors. Others have reported that they don’t smell anything, but either way its best to let the pillow expand for a couple days.

Can it support my big mattress: Yes, I’ve seen 10 to 14-inch mattresses support it just fine without compressing. Just make sure if you have a Queen size bed you get the Queen size pad or the correct size for your mattress.

Can you use it with a platform bed: Yes, all you need is a flat surface to put it on.

Do you need a cover: It does not come with a cover, and a cover is not necessary. You don’t touch it and if you have a mattress protector on your bed already then there is nothing to worry about.

Bed Wedge for Legs

The other type of wedge for a mattress is one built for the legs. A wedge or elevating leg rest can help with back pain by putting you in a zero gravity position, helps improve circulation and relieves discomfort from varicose veins.

There are many things that a leg rest can offer; I actually have one for the odd times that someone in my family sprains their ankles.

The Elevating Leg Rest with White Polycotton Cover is the one we always go back to. This is the best-priced leg rest we can find that offers this height and comfort. Many reviews just love it and it’s easy to see why.

Common Questions

Cover: The cover is made of a cloth material. If you need to make it waterproof, then I recommend wrapping it in a Mattress Protector. This will give a slight barrier to moisture and aid in the cleanup. For some odd reason, they really don’t make protectors for leg and head wedges.

Is the shipping box big: Yes, the box that gets shipped to you is quite big.

Can it trap heat: Yes it can. You can find many cooling pads like that can help.

Adjustable Beds

Another option is to get an adjustable bed. You’ll be amazed how affordable they are! We have more information on adjustable bed frames and mattresses here. 

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