Adjustable Beds for Bad Backs: Everything You Need to Know
Adjustable Beds for Bad Backs: Everything You Need to Know
Almost eighty percent of Americans experience lower back pain at some point during their lives. Chronic pain, sleep problems, depression, and lack of productivity are just some of the problems that can stem from untreated lower back complications. Many folks “power through” their pain at night, waking up feeling unrested, unmotivated, and dreading the day ahead. Yet problems like back pain, sleep apnea, and snoring can be easily treated with an investment in an adjustable bed. These beds elevate your legs and upper body to relax muscles and improve breathing and circulation. What are the best beds for bad backs? Let’s take a look.
What Are Adjustable Beds for Bad Backs?
Unlike traditional mattresses, adjustable beds come with an electric motor that enables sleepers to adjust beds to their own bodies. The controls can be either wired or wireless. The bed bases are usually sold separately from the mattresses. Adjustable beds for bad backs allow users to raise the legs and feet, or upper bodies, by shifting weight away from the back. This reduces discomfort by spreading weight evenly across the lumbar area, making it easier to sleep. Adjustable-bed users can choose the exact height they are most comfortable having their head and/or legs and feet elevated to. The lumbar area is the lower part of the spine, which is built for power and flexibility, such as lifting, bending, and twisting. When it is injured, it can cause pain to the patient that ranges from mild discomfort to chronic pain and even immobility. Adjustable beds reduce joint compression, keeping you from feeling stiff and uncomfortable when you wake up. They are particularly helpful for those who have undergone back surgery, as they prevent pressure on tender points and help distribute weight evenly. Since adjustable beds alleviate downward pressure, they are also good for those suffering from joint, hip, and neck pain, as well as those who need pressure point relief. Flat mattresses with inner springs create pressure points on your hips and spine, causing sleep problems and back pain. Adjustable beds for bad backs are made to unburden those pressure points and provide comfort. Elevating your upper body has a positive effect on spondylolisthesis, osteoarthritis, and spinal stenosis. It also helps increase blood flow for those suffering from sciatica, even while they are sleeping on their sides. Elevating the head six to eight inches can also alleviate the symptoms of acid reflux and heartburn.
Snoring and Sleep Apnea
While it is uncomfortable to sleep next to a snoring partner, it can be even more uncomfortable to know that you are the reason your partner is waking up during the night. Snoring occurs when there is a blockage in the nose and throat, causing the surrounding tissue to vibrate and make a loud sound. It can be caused by allergies, sinus infections, a deviated septum, bulky throat tissues, tonsils, or adenoids. Men and those who are overweight are at an increased risk for snoring. Snoring is more than just an annoyance. It can lead to interruptions in breathing, a strain on the heart, high blood pressure, and an increased risk of heart attack or stroke. A poor night’s sleep due to snoring can lead to a poor attention span, depression, irritability, and an increased risk for diabetes. Daily activities like driving or operating machinery can be dangerous when performed by someone who has not had adequate sleep. Sleep apnea is a more serious snoring condition. The symptoms of snoring are also accompanied by choking or gasping during sleep, as well as frequent trips to the bathroom. Those suffering from sleep apnea will stop breathing, sometimes hundreds of times, during the night. Both snoring and sleep apnea result in a decreased amount of oxygen flowing to the brain, preventing sufferers from being at their best during waking hours. Adjustable beds treat the problem by allowing for a wider, more even flow of air. They also eliminate pressure on the lungs and allow for an even distribution of weight while you sleep. Adjustable beds with the upper body raised can prevent throat muscles from collapsing and blocking airways while you sleep. Sinus patients can adjust their beds so they can sleep comfortably and keep their sinuses clear.
While there are a number of causes of back pain, the main culprit is often poor posture. Standing, sitting, or lying a certain way can cause undue pressure on a group of muscles. Left untreated, back pain can lead to chronic discomfort and even issues with mobility. While pillows can offer temporary relief, they can often move out of place while you are sleeping. This leads to an uneven distribution of weight. An investment in an adjustable bed is a much more reliable way to treat the problem. Adjustable beds with memory foam, such as Yassa adjustable beds, accept your body weight without applying pressure. They provide you with additional cushioning, molding around the shape of your body as you sleep. Beds with memory foam support the natural curve of the spine, improving circulation and reducing inflammation of damaged tissue. You will wake up feeling rested and ready to take on new challenges.
Messaging Beds for Bad backs
Some adjustable beds for bad backs, such as the Nectar adjustable bed, offer message settings. A number of these even include a foot massager that doubles as an alarm clock. Messages improve blood flow and circulation through a soothing, vibrating motion. They help to bring nutrition back to muscles and tissues, which often suffer from soreness caused by physical activity or tissue injury. Messages can improve flexibility, reduce tight muscle pain, and improve sleep. They can also increase the “feel good” chemicals in your brain known as endorphins. Endorphins can help to decrease pain due to chronic neck and back problems. They can also help to decrease depression and anxiety, making for a speedier recovery. Other injuries that can be treated through messages include those caused by lifting heavy objects. Messages can help work out the spasms and irritations caused by these injuries. Spinal arthritis, caused by the breakdown of cartilage between the joints and back portion of the spine, can be alleviated through the improved circulation and decreased muscle tension that messages provide. An adjustable bed message can also help to decrease the symptoms of fibromyalgia, such as pain, stiffness, and fatigue.
Adjustable beds can be used for eating, watching TV, and working when you are injured or tired. Brands like Yassa offer adjustable beds with productivity stations where you can plug in for reading or play. Nectar adjustable beds have TV recline settings and USB plugs for charging. Most modern brands have wireless remotes to adjust beds to optimal settings. Some are back-lit to highlight messagers and other additional features. Adjustable beds also move on casters, making them easier to move than traditional bed frames.
Some insurance companies will give you money toward the purchase of an adjustable bed, which usually starts at around $1,000. They can be considered durable medical equipment. While an adjustable bed seems like a hefty investment, most are designed to last ten to twenty years. It may be a small price to pay for your health and peace of mind. As with any significant purchase, you will want to get a warranty in case something malfunctions. You will not want to be paying out of pocket for a repair a few months after purchasing the adjustable bed. Most adjustable bed brands, such as Yassa, come with a one-year full warranty and a ten-year limited warranty. You should hold on to your receipt, as you will need proof of your purchase. Some brands, such as Nectar, provide a 365-day free trial, after which you can return the bed if you are unhappy. Nectar also offers free shipping and returns and a forever warranty. Other sleeping solutions, such as Smart Nora, can be purchased with a thirty-night trial and a one-year limited warranty. Smart Nora detects early signs of snoring, and then gently interrupts your pillow with a slow, vibrating motion.
Time for Sleep!
If you are getting a poor night’s sleep due to a bad back, sleep apnea, snoring, or sciatica, you are losing more than just a few zzz’s. It is costing you your long-term health and mental well-being. Adjustable beds for bad backs can be purchased with memory foam, messagers, convenience features, and warranties. You will not be sorry you made the investment. For more information, contact us today.
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