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Difficult to know until you try it yourself,
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This review is from: Mabis DMI 802-8026-0100 Foam Bed Wedge, Blue, 7" x 24" x 24" (Health and Beauty)This is one of those things like a mattress - everyone is a little bit different and so what works well for one person is just awful for another. This is not a pillow; it's a foam wedge. And it's not just firm; it's almost hard. It has less give than that extra firm mattress in the showroom. It has to be in order to support your weight well enough to retain its height.
I bought this for recovery from acute reflux. Absolutely no way I could lay on it (my wife tried it and seemed OK, but then again, she prefers to sleep on plywood). I put a 2" latex topper on it, which probably would work for many maybe even most people. I added a several down pillows to shape it better to my back and head, and that made it tolerable.
Another important consideration is it's 24" width and length. Some people, particular a larger or heavy-set person, may have their arms dropping alongside. I'm pretty lean; this wasn't an issue for me. But I'm also 6' tall, and that creates a very common issue with these 24" length wedges: It doesn't extend far enough down my torso. This forces me to bend at the top of my waist, which puts some upward pressure on the diaphragm that of course is not good for reflux; this could be particularly true for someone with extra weight around the waist.
It probably is also iffy for side sleepers. I managed to work with the pillows in such a way I could make that work, as long as I didn't turn back and forth. It's best with reflux to sleep on one's left side, so if you can just stay in that position this isn't quite as much an issue. But it's not easy, and definitely doesn't work well if you toss and turn.
The 7" height is about right for reflux, especially if you add a topper and/or pillows as I did. My gastro guy recommends a minimum of 8" (IIRC so does Dr. Oz). Again, people are different in this respect. But 7" is probably adequate for most. But just be aware that, again depending on your size and shape, you may find yourself sliding off the bottom repeatedly. The only way around this that I can see is to use the longer more graduated wedges, the 32" and 42" products which are much more expensive.
I finally gave up on this wedge, tried yet another more expensive alternative, and ended up with just elevating the bed on risers. The sliding issue is more of a challenge this way, but at least my body is straight so surface wise it's like sleeping on the bed regularly and therefore I'm getting a much better night's rest.
The short of it is, you won't know until you experiment with it yourself. This particular wedge doesn't have the issues that many of the other products seem to and the price isn't outrageous, so it may be worth the gamble.