5 Reasons Adjustable Beds Are Better Than Regular Beds
5 Reasons Adjustable Beds Are Better Than Regular Beds
Imagine having the ability to choose any possible sleep position. What position would you select? Not surprisingly, NASA gave some thought to this question and came up with a solution.
Of course, a floating metal bunker has some space constraints. You have the benefit of space and a surplus of power. You also have the sun to help create sleep cycles and phases.
Even then, many people don’t get the kind of sleep they should. Insomnia and sleep deficits are creating issue for many Americans.
During the week we create a deficit which we try to make up for on the weekend. Turns out that making up for sleep is best done by quality, not quantity. In that regard, adjustable beds excel at providing more.
Adjustable Beds Advantages
In a strange anthropomorphic fist-fight between a regular bed and an adjustable bed, the winner would be clear. After all, an adjustable bed has all the same traits and features of a regular bed and then more.
The one advantage of a typical bed is the price. So what you want to see in our metaphorical fight is a reason to nab the benefits of an adjustable bed.
Let’s elaborate on exactly how this bionic bed style delivers its value.
The most obvious advantage comes from an adjustable beds ability to change.
Obviously, not everyone is comfortable in the same way every time. We already change our position during the night as our bodies seek out what they find to be most comfortable at any given time.
While a bed and pillow arrangement is meant to stimulate one type of sleep or position over another, there are only so many positions in a regular bed. The number of possible positions goes up with an adjustable bed. This helps you find your best sleep position.
There isn’t a single best position, debates on sleep positions look at situational bests. Comfort during sleep provides more solid sleep as your body doesn’t have to partially wake up to re-position. This translates into a deeper sleep, which means more completed sleep cycles.
More comfortable setup for sleep also means less stress and strain on muscles and bones. Changing up the maximum angle of the feet and the head provide combinations that may work well to change up even night by night.
We don’t do the same activities with our bodies each day. There is little reason, aside from the bed itself, that we should be sleeping in the same position night after night.
A day with a lot of stairs and climbing receives advantages from being elevated at night so blood doesn’t pool and lead to bruising or soreness.
Those that deal with acid reflux or indigestion benefit from elevating the torso at night to aid in digestion. This is especially true for people that know they have sleep apnea and other obstructive sleep issues.
Comfort can be deceiving. Many times what feels good for a few minutes can cause problems for us later on. After running, even though you may be tired, it is best to stretch and walk to cool down and let the muscles relax bit by bit. The same is true for sleeping. We sometimes pick a position that is too comfortable and find ourselves pinching or blocking nerves and blood flow the next day.
Adjustable beds can be programmed to change position over time to help guide us from a restful position to a sleep position and back again.
As we understand that every person is different, we look to engage and accommodate individuals over groups.
This also applies to bed space shared by couples. We hardly go out seeking a partner for life by asking them if they prefer the same firmness and material in their mattresses.
We also don’t want to lose that partner by forcing them to change how they sleep.
Customization of both the position and the mattress firmness is a great reason to look into an adjustable bed.
A common solution involves a couple getting two mattresses and trying to put them side by side. This often fails because the border between the mattresses is indistinct.
Sleeping across two different areas can cause a lot of soreness over time. Even if the areas stay clearly defined the mattresses are likely to slide over time and create the dreaded gutter furrow between. This terrible area sucks both parties in and leaves them sleeping in a mushed pile which is less than ideal.
These problems don’t exist with an adjustable bed. The mechanisms powering the two sides keep things from sliding. The mattress’ movable design keeps you from sliding towards the middle. Because the mattresses are separate, one partner getting up in the night doesn’t need to disturb the other. No more feeling the person lurching out of bed or rolling over suddenly.
Watching television or reading in bed benefits from being elevated. Ready for sleep? Just hit a button to go into a sleep position. No waking yourself up or wrenching your neck trying to move and shift pillows before actually being able to sleep.
3. Snoring Relief
Snoring and sleep apnea create barriers to getting proper sleep. These problems have an adverse effect on other people in a household as well.
Sleep apnea, in particular, can lead to death. Sleep apnea doesn’t need to directly cause a death to cause health problems. Studies show that sleep apnea has an adverse effect on heart disease.
When airflow becomes interrupted or partially obstructed less oxygen gets into the system. This translates into the less oxygenated blood. Since organs and tissues are not getting the oxygen volume they need, the body has to pump more blood.
This puts extra strain on the heart to pump more. Worse, the heart normally gets to rest in the night. The slowest heart rates occur during sleep while the body is largely paralyzed and unmoving.
The lack of rest on top of the increase in heart rate both influence coronary heart disease and heart failure.
Snoring has a variety of causes ranging from posture to weight to drug reactions. The physiological root of snoring comes from vibrations in the esophagus and nasal passage. When these pathways are too tight, or too lax, vibrations occur.
Sleeping in a regular bed easily exacerbates these vibrational issues. Putting the head and neck in poor positions leaves the esophagus constricted or too open. With an adjustable bed, the neck and head can be positioned to keep the airways open but not too open.
Regular pillow configurations to deal with the issue will invariably slide and compress through the night. Even if a person is able to sleep comfortably for a few hours, by the end of the night they will back into a scoring position.
Adjustable beds which offer heating and massage functions do even more to prevent snoring. By warming the back and opening up the airways, fluid accumulation is limited.
The pressure doesn’t need to change and the airway doesn’t become taxed in moving air through the fluid. Massage vibrations reduce instances of the diaphragm locking up and causing a common trigger for sleep apnea.
Constant, low-level movement keeps the airways from shutting and producing the wake-up gasp effect.
Many of the issues that come from weight that lead to snoring can be alleviated through an adjustable bed. When weight shifts into the chest the airway has to fight harder for the diaphragm to move and the lungs to fully expand.
For people with a weight issue, especially in the torso area, the shifting down keeps gravity work for you and not pushing against.
4. Circulation Boost
Speaking of issues related to the heart, an adjustable bed promotes circulation. Regular bed sleeping positions constricts blood flow and bool the blood to the back.
If you have ever wondered why more people don’t sleep on their stomachs, try it one night. Even assuming you can get your head into a comfortable, non-suffocating, position you will quickly feel a lot of pressure and force in your chest. This pressure comes from a lack of ability for the lungs to expand and the diaphragm to move effectively.
The same issues we see in snoring. You also have extra pressure on the heart which has to pump the majority of the blood up and around instead of down. Sleeping on your stomach also puts weight on the bladder which leads to frequent waking to deal with those associated issues.
Elevating the feet and the head in different combinations promotes better blood flow and less pooling. Especially when trying to heal after surgery this type of adjusted sleeping position is recommended. this is the reason that adjustable beds were originally invented for use in hospitals.
With the torso elevated, the heart can function more as it does during the day, pushing blood up and down instead of primarily up. Gravity does a great job in helping blood get to the feet and bulk of the body.
Elevating the feet can limit blood flow to the feet and let the blood push more into the head and lungs.
Depending on your body type and health needs, the best position can be achieved. These positions move the blood to where it is needed and gives the system a better chance to completely rest and heal.
5. Pain Relief
Regulating and assisting blood flow promotes health and healing. It also promotes pain relief.
Pain in the body comes from the nerves, but the nervous system responds to presence as well as a lack of oxygen. Lack of oxygen, in particular, can cause pain.
This is common enough knowledge. Everyone has adjusted an arm or leg and felt that pins and needles sensation. This is the body complaining that blood flow and oxygen flow was interrupted.
Nerves can be pinched or overly stimulated when body position remains awkward for too long. Over-stimulation of nerves comes from a position between two states.
This leads to things such as muscle spasm or muscle pulling. These two muscle involvements not only lead to increases in pain but also fatigue and damage.
A pulled muscle then aches, leading to poorer sleep, and the cycle repeats.
Adjustable beds remove pressure from joints and the spine by redistributing weight. Adjustable beds also allow for more varied sleep positions. This prevents any one position from becoming compressed. Massaging options further increase these benefits.
Massage therapy has been shown to relax tissues and increase circulation resulting in better sleep.
The largest problem with pain management in a regular bed comes from the inability to relieve pressure from an area. Adjustable beds use a combination of position, heat, and massage to remove these issues.
While not all adjustable beds have all three options, just the changing of position can provide steady relief resulting in more rest.
Remember, as well, that all of this can be achieved while still allowing a partner or spouse to sleep comfortably in their own settings nearby.
It can be easy to forget that having a partner or spouse nearby creates a relaxing and comfortable environment for a person.
When dealing with chronic pain we often shove out those that we need. It can be difficult to sleep near someone that needs to adjust or sleep in a strange position.
Adjustable beds put your loved ones back into the equation to promote that extra closeness and maintain that bond.
Sleep science continues to march on. New innovations may yet be discovered that improve the quality of sleep we experience. We also understand more about the psychology of sleep in addition to the physiology.
Perhaps someday we will all float in our zero gravity sleep chambers, able to sleep easily without pain or discomfort. In the meantime, we will continue to offer up the best information on sleep we can find. Check out our treasure trove of information in the form of easily digested blog articles. And by all means, stay rested.
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