Getting comfortable in bed doesn’t have to mean a brand new mattress—in fact even the best mattress won’t be enough to help you achieve the perfect position in bed. Whether you’re recuperating from an illness or surgery or simply want to be more comfortable than propping yourself up with regular pillows to read before you go to sleep, a foam bed wedge can make all the difference.
Various shapes and materials have led to foam bed wedges sculpted for very specific body parts as well as specific functions, like easing health conditions from back pain to acid reflux, allowing for better breathing or circulation or reducing swelling.
Many foam bed wedges are made of polyurethane. Also extremely popular are memory foam wedges—memory foam actually conforms to your shape, thanks to your body’s natural heat, for a more exacting match.
Some foam bed wedges come with a cotton or velour cover, and you may want to look for a style that sells replacement covers so that you won’t have to buy a whole new foam bed wedge, should the cover alone become worn.
Of course, the most important consideration is matching the shape of the pillow to your personal needs. Here are some of the most popular and helpful choices:
An elevating foam bed wedge provides gentle support to elevate your upper body or legs or to stabilize your torso if you like to sleep on your side. Keep in mind that not all wedges are triangles. The 4-Position Pillow Obusforme can be used under your knees if you sleep on your back, or between your knees or behind your back if you sleep on your side or it can support your neck. 1689
Many foam bed wedges are body-part specific. A foot elevator foam bed wedge promotes better circulation and is ideal for sciatic back pain relief and to ease tired legs, varicose veins, lower back pain and swollen knees. 1659 Others are designed to cushion just the knees.
A leg spacer pillow provides support with a foam core that minimizes strain on your back by keeping your legs and your spine in proper alignment when you sleep on your side. 1688
For people with acid reflux, upper respiratory distress, snoring, sinus irritation, heartburn or sleep apnea, a respiratory foam bed wedge with a gentle slope that provides slight elevation for better breathing and a wider surface can help you get a better night’s sleep 3217 or 3214