Wedge pillows are special-shaped pillows for those who require extra padding to get better sleep. Wedge pillows sold by Overstock.com provide support for your head, neck, back, and shoulders through a gently sloping incline that goes gradually upward from your lower or upper back to the headboard. Doctors may recommend wedge pillows to help alleviate snoring, sleep apnea, and heartburn to try to keep a patient's airway and lungs clear at night. Wedge pillows might also help those with lower back pain and women who are trying to stay comfortable during pregnancy. Protectors come with custom-fit pillows to create a layer of fabric, usually cotton or polyester, that keeps stains, allergens, and foreign materials away from the inner material. Protectors for wedge pillows are different shapes than those for normal pillows, so be cognizant of that as you order extra protectors for your wedges. Recognizing that millions of people may need better sleep, many well-known national brands manufacture wedge pillows, including Windsor Home, Beautyrest, Splendorest, Avana, Science of Sleep, and SwissLux. Check out what Overstock.com has to offer in the way of these unique additions to your bedding ensemble.
Types of Wedge Pillows & Protectors
Wedge pillows and protectors come in various sizes depending on how much support you require for your back, head, and neck. Full-body wedge pillows are designed with the narrowest part of the pillow towards your feet and a very gradual incline going up to your head. Your head might be 6 inches above your mattress. The smallest wedge pillows stop at your shoulders and upper back, providing a small slope and minimal materials under your head. Common wedge pillows have a steeper gradient of between 7 inches and 12 inches to offer maximum support for your head and neck.
Wedge pillows usually have three straight sides. The shortest flat side is adjacent to the headboard, and the longest flat side sits against your mattress. The side closest to your head is normally an angled, straight stretch of pillow. Some wedge pillows have contours and curves in the middle to help keep your neck and head aligned properly as you sleep. These contours conform better to the round shape of your head as you lay on your back. Slight curves may also occur as the wedge moves closer to your lower back, thereby conforming better to the natural shape of your spine. Contours could put less strain on the pillow's material and also on your body.
Wedge pillows contain various fill materials, but the most common one is memory foam. Memory foam is soft and spongy, and it customizes its shape to your exact body profile. When you get up from memory foam, it returns to its original shape. Memory foam wedge pillows usually feature an entire block of memory foam throughout the piece, and manufacturers design some to have small contoured ridges against your head to help keep heat away from your sleeping surface. Manufacturers may add a layer of gel memory foam to help cool your sleeping surface even further.
Features of Wedge Pillows & Protectors
Wedge pillows and protectors come in only a few colors, because manufacturers prefer function over form. The pillows themselves come in tan, white, grey, blue, and black. The protectors allow you a little freedom to make a choice, including pink and blue hues. You can always add splashes of color with ordinary pillows on top or throw pillows in front of your wedge when you're not sleeping. Smaller wedges that stop at your neck or shoulders offer a chance for greater customization, because standard pillowcases might fit them better compared to larger wedges.
Wedge pillows come in firmness levels that range from soft to firm and everything in between. Soft pillows are squishy and have a lot of give to them. Medium pillows offer the midway point between firm and soft pillows with a bit of give but offer more support for your head and neck. Firm pillows barely have any give at all and help keep your neck aligned. Firm wedge pillows feature stiffer polyurethane foam to support your back, while softer pillows have polyester fill or down mixed in with the foam for sleepers who prefer a squishier construction and the feel of a normal pillow.
Sets & Comfort Systems
Look for sets and comfort systems in wedge pillows and protectors if you desire to have additional comfort beyond just your head. Some wedge pillows have a carved-out area for you to add another pillow on top. A few wedges fold out for when you want extra support lower down your back. Entire comfort systems have wedge pillows for your head, contour pillows for your knees, and pillows to help raise your feet. As you would expect, larger pillows and sets are generally more expensive than smaller pillows with less materials.
Wedge Pillows & Protectors FAQ
How do you clean a wedge pillow and protector?
The easiest way to clean a wedge pillow is to launder the protector in the washing machine. For the wedge pillow itself, spot-clean any stains on memory foam with a mild detergent and lukewarm water. Let the foam dry completely before putting the protector back on it. Refresh a memory foam wedge pillow with a light dusting of baking soda, then vacuum it away with an upholstery tool after one hour.
What kind of bed do you need with a wedge pillow?
Combine any kind of mattress or bed with a wedge pillow. Consider a standard mattress if your back needs support to help prevent aches and pains. A memory foam mattress or mattress top enhances the comfort level of the wedge pillow to customize your entire bed.
How do you combine wedges with other pillows?
You can lay a traditional rectangular pillow on top of a wedge for more support. Consider a flat pillow to put a small amount of material between your head and the wedge protector. A thicker pillow with soft fill works best in a contoured wedge pillow that features a cutout area for the pillow. Mix and match a wedge pillow with other specialty pillows or your original pillows to find the best possible solution to a good night's sleep.