For years, many people suffering from pain or certain medical conditions have struggled when it comes to bedtime as their sleeping position exacerbates their problem.
A triangle wedge pillow, also called an orthopedic pillow, is recommended for many reasons, including for the reduction of snoring, improved circulation, and has also been known to alleviate symptoms of certain medical conditions.
In this article, you’ll learn more about orthopedic pillows and the Polysleep’ wedge pillow which is made in Canada.
What is a wedge pillow and why to use one?
A wedge pillow is exactly as it sounds. It is an orthopedic triangle pillow designed to elevate either the upper or lower part of the body, depending on where and why you are needing it.
It was originally manufactured with the idea of providing proper body alignment while sleeping, alleviating pain to allow for a better night of rest.
The wedge bed pillow helps to improve the alignment of the neck, back, and shoulders of the user.
While there are many great benefits to using an orthopedic pillow, there is also a downside.
It is rather large, taking up quite a bit of space in your bed. This may not be an issue if you sleep alone, but if you share the bed with your partner, it can become quite crowded.
A foam wedge pillow can come with a higher price tag than a standard pillow. This higher price tag sometimes will deter buyers but finding a company that offers a risk-free trial period will help you determine if the benefits outweigh the higher price.
How to choose an orthopedic pillow?
A wedge pillow made in Canada, just like with all other higher-priced bedding material, offers many different options when making your purchase.
There is no one size fits all wedge pillow. Many considerations come into play when looking into making your purchase including:
Most wedge pillows come in either memory foam or polyfoam. The latex foam wedge pillow is often cooler than a memory foam wedge pillow as it does not hold heat. However, if you have a latex allergy, you should be cautious.
The orthopedic pillow incline ranges from 7 to 15 inches with each level providing benefits for different conditions. There are three levels when it comes to sizing a wedge pillow: high riser, mid-level riser, and "the sweet spot".
- High-riser: measures approximately 15 inches, providing quite a drastic incline to users.
- Mid-level riser: measures between 10-12 inches, providing a good amount of height, or a good amount of incline, without being too overpowering.
- The sweet spot: measuring approximately 6-8 inches, is the ideal incline for most users.
The position in which you tend to sleep and the firmness level that will benefit you the most go hand in hand. The bed wedge pillow typically comes in either medium-firm or firm. This is where you must take both factors into consideration when making your purchase.
- Side sleepers often prefer the medium-firm wedge pillow, as it provides a nice cushion and really cradles the user in all the right spots.
- Back sleepers opt for the firm wedge pillow, as it provides a great amount of support and prevents sinkage, allowing for proper alignment as well
In addition to the above-listed considerations when purchasing a wedge pillow made in Canada, there are a few other things to be mindful of:
Orthopedic pillows come with a higher price tag than a standard pillow, therefore you must consider the price of the pillow compared to your available budget.
Ensure you choose a wedge pillow that supports you in all areas you are needing additional support.
Read the fine print of the warranty attached to the wedge pillow you intend to purchase, determining what is and what is not covered by the warranty, as well as how long the warranty extends.
Look for a company that is offering a risk-free trial period, with free shipping and returns. This will allow you to determine whether this orthopedic pillow is right for you without fully committing
Who should use a wedge pillow?
A wedge pillow can be used by just about anyone. However, there are some people who would benefit more than others.
Wedge-type pillows are used for support and alignment among other things including:
Acid reflux, medically referred to as gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, is a chronic digestive disease resulting in stomach acids moving up through the esophagus, throat, and mouth. It causes a burning sensation in the chest of those who suffer from this condition and laying flat exacerbates the symptoms.
A wedge pillow, sometimes referred to as an acid reflux pillow is recommended, even a lower profile wedge, to keep the user elevated helping to keep the stomach contents where they should be.
Doctors often recommend that patients with poor circulation elevate their legs for an extended period of time, helping the blood to flow throughout the body and return as it is intended.
When you are asleep, your tongue is relaxed and able to kind of fall to the back of your throat resulting in loud snoring. Sleeping with your head elevated helps to keep your tongue flat, reducing the risk of snoring or worse, sleep apnea.
The healthiest position during pregnancy for both mother and baby is to lie in the left, lateral recumbent position, meaning to sleep on your left side.
It is not uncommon to have a hard time getting comfortable while sleeping, especially as you near the end of your pregnancy. A wedge pillow may be recommended to provide added cushion and support, helping you to get a good night’s rest.
Improper spinal alignment while one is sleeping is associated with back, neck, and shoulder pain. When the pain becomes too intense, it begins affecting your sleep and overall well-being. A wedge pillow aids in holding proper alignment thus relieving the amount of pressure placed in these areas resulting in a decrease in pain.
A bed wedge pillow may be used to enhance sexual intercourse for both parties. It can help with sexual positions and in alleviating pain for those who experience painful intercourse.
Polysleep’s wedge pillow made in Canada
Polysleep’s orthopedic wedge pillow is made of premium hybrid foam, also known as premium hybrid viscoelastic foam. It offers a density of 3 lb/ft3 and is ISO 20743 certified.
The pillow is also wrapped in an organic Tencel cover.
The Polysleep orthopedic pillow consists of multiple layers with the first layer containing KulKote® cooling technology that is used to regulate the temperature for optimal comfort. This technology helps to absorb and dissipate your body’s heat.
Not only does this pillow keep you cool, but it offers many other benefits including:
- Pressure relief
- Enhanced respiration and digestion
- 30-night risk-free trial
- 2-year warranty
- Free shipping and returns
Customers find it helpful if they snore, have acid reflux or sleep apnea.
How do I clean a wedge pillow?
Most wedge pillows are surrounded by a removable cover that is machine washable or can be professionally cleaned. The foam block itself should only be spot treated as soaking it can result in damage.
As always, it is best to follow the manufacturer-recommended cleaning methods which may vary.
Is a wedge pillow good for a baby?
A wedge pillow for a baby is not recommended, even if the baby has reflux, as a baby can not control its head movements. Using any type of pillow for a baby poses a serious threat.
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