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Your pillow is an important tool to help you sleep well at night. And, while plenty of people do just fine with standard rectangular-shaped pillows, others prefer a wedge style to help them catch some ZZZs in comfort.
Why? A wedge pillow can help prop up your upper body while you sleep, combating acid reflux, heartburn, postnasal drip from allergies and even snoring. The snoring claim seems a little far-fetched, but it’s actually legitimate, Dr. Christopher Winter of Charlottesville Neurology and Sleep Medicine, and author of the book, The Sleep Solution: Why Your Sleep Is Broken and How to Fix It, tells Yahoo Life.
“Think of the airway as a soft tube,” he explains. “The more vertical the positioning of the tube, the less likely it will collapse.” That collapse can lead to difficulty breathing — and snoring.
When it comes to choosing any type of pillow, “you want your head to be properly supported so that your neck muscles can relax,” Nicole Nagle, an assistant professor in the department of kinesiology and health at Rutgers University, tells Yahoo Life. “When selecting a pillow, you should focus on the alignment of your body,” she continues. “As you lay on a pillow, you want to make sure that it is supporting not only your head, but your neck as well.”
A wedge pillow isn’t for everyone, but if you regularly struggle with a stuffy nose or snoring issues, it’s definitely worth considering. Interested in giving one a go? Nearly 5,000 Amazon shoppers love the Ebung wedge pillow. Just a heads up: You can get this wedge pillow in two days with Amazon Prime. Not a member? Sign up here for all the entertainment and shopping benefits Amazon offers. Member now? Get this pillow now, so you can sleep better ASAP.
$40 at Amazon
This pillow has a lot going for it. It features a layer of high density memory foam to help give you extra support while you snooze. The Ebung wedge pillow is also free of toxic substances and doesn’t get hot, unlike many other memory foam pillows.
The pillow measures 25 by 24 by 12 inches, making it just the right size for just about every sleeper. A nice perk: This wedge also makes it easy to prop yourself up while you’re watching TV or reading in bed.
Happen to spill something on your wedge pillow? No problem! Simply unzip the cover and toss it in the wash.
The Ebung wedge pillow has an army of five-star reviews. “I’m a big guy, 6’2” over 350lb. This supports me no problem,” a happy customer said. “I had hard time falling asleep and would wake up after hour. This product helped me fall asleep faster. I’m don’t want to make any medical claim but I feel like I breathe better using this pillow. I love it.”
A fellow fan said it helps with their back and neck pain. “I’m very pleased with this wedge pillow,” they said. “I have a bad back and neck, but I love to read and watch TV in bed. This provides the support I need and keeps me from slouching. It’s soft, but sturdy enough to where you don’t sink into it. I often prop myself up on it when I want to turn onto my side. When I have congestion due to allergies, I usually sleep on this, and the incline really helps me breathe better. I like that you can use it to either sit up or lie down.”
And another satisfied customer said it was the much-needed solution for their husband’s snoring. “After trying a variety of solutions over the years including: white noise machine, apps, industrial-strength noise reducing foam earplugs, and Ambien, (none with success), I purchased for my hubby two wedges, (one for elevating his feet and the other for his head), on the hopes it would alleviate his insanely loud (like a chain saw y’all) snoring,” they wrote. “Gratefully, 20 years of sleep deprivation was stopped with this product overnight!! He was comfortable, and his very broad shoulders were well-supported by the firm but comfortable foam.”
Whether you tend to go to bed stuffy, have back and neck issues or want to tamp down on snoring, this pillow can help.
$40 at Amazon
The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.
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