10 Health Benefits of Adjustable Beds

Swimmer resting on an adjustable bed

Adjustable beds are not just about indulging in luxury or comfort; they're a stepping stone toward a healthier lifestyle. If you're wrestling with sleep deprivation, you're likely no stranger to its effects - it's not just about battling daytime fatigue. Chronic sleep issues can cast a long shadow over your physical and mental health, increasing the risk of conditions like diabetes and hypertension.

Moreover, poor sleep can be a silent accomplice to weight gain or poor performance as it can leave you too drained to exercise and disrupt your insulin release, making it harder to burn energy. So, what's the antidote to these sleep-related challenges? 

While there's no magic bullet, an adjustable bed can be a significant stride toward better sleep and improved health. Let's explore ten health benefits of an adjustable bed.

What is an Adjustable Bed?

An adjustable bed is a marvel of design with a frame that can be elevated at the head, feet, or both, offering a personalized comfort level. It's equipped with a motorized frame that adjusts the elevation at the click of a button, allowing you to find the perfect position for your needs.

Unlike traditional beds, adjustable beds move as a cohesive unit. So, when you adjust the head or feet, the entire frame moves, not just one side. People opt for adjustable beds for a variety of reasons, but the potential health benefits often top the list. These innovative bed frames can significantly enhance your sleep quality and overall health, making them a worthy addition to your wellness journey.

Whether you're immersed in a TV show, engrossed in a book, or drifting off to sleep, you can adjust the bed to your preferred setting. Some adjustable beds even offer the luxury of separate programming for each side, meaning you and your partner can each have your own personalized settings.

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Understanding the Health Benefits of an Adjustable Bed

An adjustable bed is more than just a luxury item; it's a health-enhancing tool that can significantly improve your sleep quality and overall well-being. Here are ten health benefits that make an adjustable bed a worthy investment for your home.

1. Alleviating Back Pain

Back pain is a common health issue, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reporting that 39 percent of adults experience some form of back pain. This discomfort can stem from improper pressure or support for the spine, leading to irritation of the sciatica nerve and causing pain in the lower back and legs. Upper back pain can also result from neck compression or poor posture.

Adjustable beds can help alleviate this discomfort by taking the pressure off critical areas of the spine, providing better support to the back, and easing back pain. If you experience mostly lower back pain, elevating your legs can provide relief. Conversely, if the pain is in the upper region, raising the head could be a solution.

2. Reducing Snoring

Snoring is a common symptom of sleep apnea, a condition that causes periodic cessation of breathing during sleep. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine reports that 25 million adults in the U.S. have the most common form of sleep apnea – obstructive sleep apnea.

In obstructive sleep apnea, soft tissue falls back and blocks the airway. Snoring typically results from this tissue vibrating as air passes through it. Sleeping with your head slightly elevated can leverage gravity to keep soft tissue from blocking the airway, thereby reducing snoring.

3. Combating Insomnia

If you struggle to fall asleep due to stress, anxiety, or other factors, an adjustable bed can be a game-changer. Even a slight shift in positioning, such as sleeping with your head elevated, can promote relaxation, reduce tossing and turning, and improve deep sleep.

4. Managing Acid Reflux and GERD

Acid reflux and its severe form, gastroesophageal reflux disease, GERD, can cause significant discomfort and potential tissue damage. By elevating your head during sleep, you can use gravity to keep stomach contents in place, protecting your esophagus and reducing symptoms.

5. Promoting Muscle Recovery

For athletes or fitness enthusiasts, an adjustable bed can be a game-changer. Some beds, like the ErgoSportive smart bed, feature a zero gravity position that raises the head and feet to a specific elevation, promoting muscle recovery and relaxation post-workout.

6. Helping Ease Fibromyalgia Pain

Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that causes pain and tender skin all over the body. It's unclear why this happens to some people, but those with it are more sensitive to pain.

There is no cure for fibromyalgia, so doctors work to treat the symptoms. A recent study published in the Indian Journal of Psychiatry found that some of the same things people use to combat insomnia might help with fibromyalgia, including raising the head of the bed to prevent tossing and turning.

7. Improving circulation

One of the significant health benefits of adjustable beds is their ability to enhance circulation. Poor circulation, particularly in the lower limbs, can be a persistent issue for individuals with chronic illnesses or as we age. An adjustable bed allows you to fine-tune your positioning, thereby enhancing circulation. 

By raising the head, you can breathe easier, leading to improved circulation in the lungs and chest. This adjustment can also alleviate numbness in the arms or hands. Elevating the feet can enhance venous blood flow in the legs and reduce edema or swelling around the ankles.

8. Relieve Arthritis Pain

If you're dealing with chronic arthritis pain, your bed should be a primary focus. Lying down puts pressure on your joints. An adjustable bed can help you discover a position that reduces stress on your most painful joints. For instance, if you have arthritis in your lower back, raising your head and feet may relieve that pressure, enabling you to sleep more comfortably.

9. Helps With Restless Leg Syndrome

Restless leg syndrome (RLS) irritates the nerves in the legs, causing an urge to move them for relief. For some, the irritation results in pain or a burning sensation; for others, it feels more like electrical shocks or itching. Although the exact cause is unclear, RLS tends to worsen at night. Sleeping with elevated legs can enhance blood flow and alleviate some of the irritation.

10. Makes It Easier to Get Out of Bed

Getting in and out of bed can be challenging for those with mobility or balance issues. With an adjustable bed, they don't have to struggle to sit up. The bed does all the work, giving them more independence and personal safety.

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Choosing the Right Adjustable Bed for You

The clear health benefits of having an adjustable bed make it a worthy investment. But the question is, which one is right for you?

Explore our range of adjustable beds to find the perfect fit for your budget and sleep requirements. 

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