Ultimate Guide to
Acid Reflux Pillows

Everything you need to know about the benefits of side
sleeping and using a body pillow.

Ultimate Guide to Body Pillows

Everything you need to know about the benefits of side sleeping and using a body pillow.

What is acid reflux?

Acid reflux (also known as heartburn) can be a real pain. Unfortunately it’s incredibly common with up to 25% of UK adults suffering regularly.

Symptoms are generally temporary but they’re still pretty unpleasant. They include a sour taste in your mouth and a burning sensation in the centre of your chest. Many people also report bad breath, a cough or hiccups that are hard to get rid of, a nauseous and/or bloated feeling, and a hoarse voice.

If acid reflux symptoms happen more than twice a week, you may have acid reflux disease, also known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

of adults suffer with heartburn

of pregnancy women experience third trimester heartburn

of those with GERD reported sleep disturbances

of adults suffer with heartburn

of pregnancy women experience third trimester heartburn

of those with GERD reported sleep disturbances

What causes acid reflux and heartburn?

When you swallow food, it goes through a muscular valve at the entrance to your stomach called the lower esophageal sphincter (LES). Usually the LES closes quickly once food has gone through it. But if it doesn’t close quickly enough, or only partially closes, then stomach acid from your stomach can travel up into your esophagus, causing acid reflux.

There are quite a few things that can cause acid reflux to occur. They include:

Alcohol

(especially red wine)

Chocolate

Greasy or Fatty Foods

Raw Onions

Garlic

Black Pepper

Spicy Foods

like curry and chilli (sorry!)

Peppermint

Tomatoes

Citrus Fruits

such as oranges and orange juice, lemons and grapefruit

Alcohol

(especially red wine)

Chocolate

Greasy or Fatty Foods

Raw Onions

Garlic

Black Pepper

Spicy Foods

like curry and chilli (sorry!)

Peppermint

Tomatoes

Citrus Fruits

such as oranges and orange juice, lemons and grapefruit

Acid reflux in pregnancy

Pregnancy hormones can affect the LES valve, leading to heartburn even in women who’ve never had it before.

Later on in pregnancy, a woman’s growing uterus can press on the stomach which in turn makes acid reflux worse. Luckily, although acid reflux feels uncomfortable it isn’t doing you or the baby any harm. Occasionally, heartburn can be a sign of an underlying condition that needs further investigation. If symptoms are severe or very sudden, speak to your midwife or GP.

Acid reflux in pregnancy

Pregnancy hormones can affect the LES valve, leading to heartburn even in women who’ve never had it before.

Later on in pregnancy, a woman’s growing uterus can press on the stomach which in turn makes acid reflux worse. Luckily, although acid reflux feels uncomfortable it isn’t doing you or the baby any harm. Occasionally, heartburn can be a sign of an underlying condition that needs further investigation. If symptoms are severe or very sudden, speak to your midwife or GP.

How to get rid of acid reflux?

So what’s the best way to stop acid reflux in its tracks? Luckily there are a few things you can try.

The first is propping your head up by 10cm to 15cm when you go to bed. This can help stop the acid rising up so much into the esophagus, but make sure you’re still comfy enough to sleep.

Our Acid Reflux Wedge Pillow is perfect for this, as it’s made from high density foam that supports your back, neck and head whilst also being super snuggly. It’s particularly perfect for those who like to sleep on their side or back and the soft, breathable polycotton cover is washable and hypoallergenic. Take a look at our Acid Reflux Wedge Pillow for more details.

Our Acid Reflux Wedge Pillow is perfect for this, as it’s made from high density foam that supports your back, neck and head whilst also being super snuggly. It’s particularly perfect for those who like to sleep on their side or back and the soft, breathable polycotton cover is washable and hypoallergenic. Take a look at our Acid Reflux Wedge Pillow for more details.