Easy To Swallow: How Wedge Pillows Can Help Fight Acid Reflux
Thursday, 28 January 2016
You finish eating your dinner and crash out on the sofa, before heading to bed, ready for a peaceful night’s sleep. Except that won’t happen. Why? Because you suffer from acid reflux. Soon enough, you feel the burning sensation begin to creep in, like the ghost of your last meal come back to haunt you. Heartburn, bloating and nausea set in, all topped off by a delightful sour taste in your mouth, overpowering the fresh mint of your recently brushed teeth.
There’s no denying it: acid reflux is a pain. Whether it’s something you have to deal with occasionally, for instance after eating a big meal or spicy food, or if you suffer from GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease) and experience it frequently, acid reflux can be a huge inconvenience.
From medication to lifestyle changes, thankfully there is much that can be done to control the sickly-stingy sensation. One particularly easy way is by using an acid reflux bed wedge pillow. Read on to learn more about how this can help.
Oh My GERD
GERD is a digestive disorder that 60% of us will experience at some point in our lives. It occurs when muscles between the stomach and oesophagus relax irregularly, allowing stomach contents to creep back up into the throat. This leads to prolonged acid reflux.
For many, it's night time when these symptoms really begin to set in as lying flat allows the stomach acid to leak into the oesophagus more easily. This results in poor night’s sleep and may leave you feeling irritable, tired and unable to get the most out of your day.
Give You a Wedgie
Which is where bed wedge pillows for acid reflux come in. As the incline of a bed wedge elevates the head, shoulders and torso, it can be hugely effective in preventing stomach acid from rising up. It’s quite simply the laws of gravity!
Designed to provide you with maximum comfort and support, they really can alleviate acid reflux and the symptoms of GERD to aid a peaceful night’s sleep. And, unlike other treatments such as medication, there are no risks or side effects to using wedge pillow – an easy, stress-free solution!
Need a Lift?
At Health and Care, we offer various wedge pillows for acid reflux. One great example is the Harley Bed Relaxer Bed Wedge Support Cushion. With a soft washable cover included, available in three attractive colours, it really has been designed with your comfort in mind.
It can be used in two different positions, for lying down but also when sitting. That way, you can put a stop to reflux when you’re eating at the table, watching TV and reading, as well as at night time!
Rise to the Occasion
The Putnams Bed Wedge is another fantastic example. The wedge allows for a gentle incline to support your back and body. With customers describing it as "amazing" and resulting in "the best night's sleep I've had for ages", the results can be immediate.
Bed wedges like the Harley Relaxer and the Putnams are not limited to treating acid reflux. The triangular shape also makes them perfect for those who suffer from respiratory problems or a hiatus hernia. If you use the wedge to elevate your legs rather than your upper body, it can also provide relief from varicose veins and swollen ankles. So why not give them a try and put out the burning flames of acid reflux!
Visit our online store to explore the acid reflux bed wedges on offer.