Imagine the best possible sleeping position on the best possible mattress! That should be what we all have in 2022. Unfortunately, theirs isn’t much of a chance that Congress will put that into law, and nor should they. So, it’s going to be up to us to make things right.
Today, we’re going to give you some tips about the many health benefits associated with an adjustable bed. This isn't as rigid as the box spring you've grown accustomed to. If you’ve ever seen an adjustable bed in action, we figure you’ve already experienced how cool it is.
How does sleep position affect my sleep quality?
When you’re young, sleep position doesn’t seem to matter as much. You could almost fall asleep on a bed of nails if you had to and still wake up refreshed and ready to start your day.
Things are a little different now, I bet. The position you usually sleep in is not necessarily the healthiest for you. We’re going to review how common ailments can be relieved by the way you sleep.
Heads up for heartburn
According to The National Library of Medicine, 60 million Americans suffer from heartburn at least once a month, and 15 million Americans suffer from heartburn daily. To make things worse for heartburns, our cuisine is getting a little more spicey every year. One of the most common remedies for heartburn is to prop up your head and torso. This makes it more difficult for acid reflux to arise and irritate your esophagus.
Propping your head up isn’t too much of a challenge, but it doesn’t work as well if you don’t prop up your torso. That’s exceedingly difficult to do without an adjustable bed. And if you ever want to adjust or you have to get out of bed, the stack of pillows comes tumbling down.
Help your heart
As we get older, one of the concerns is circulation. The better our circulation, the less likely we are to suffer from varicose veins, and the easier it is for blood to flow back to the heart. “Put your feet up” is a common refrain heard in many homes. Even people on long plane rides know that helping the blood flow in your legs is important.
With an adjustable bed frame, you can achieve exactly the position that works best for you. You can raise your knees and feet on the same plane, or you can raise your knees even higher. Your thighs and your calves will be supported.
Left or right? What’s your best side?
Which side you sleep on can affect the quality of your sleep. For better digestion, sleeping on your left side is recommended by many experts.
Johns Hopkins has some excellent recommendations. They do a thorough overview of which sleep positions can help alleviate certain conditions. Ultimately, it’s up to you and what you believe works best.
Lower back pain is a pain in the neck
Sometimes both the pain you feel in your neck and back are caused by stress. When it comes to alleviating this pain, some people find it helps to sleep in their back. For others, sleeping on their backs tends to worsen the pain in their neck but helps reduce the pain in their lower back.
There doesn’t seem to be a fix-all for everyone. This is a big reason to try an adjustable bed frame that gives you options. Once you’ve tried the many different positions, you’ll find one that works best for you.
Snoring is more serious than you may know
As if keeping your partner awake while you snore away isn’t bad enough, snoring may indicate a level of sleep apnea. To learn more about sleep apnea and how it can lead to serious health complications, click here. Left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to strokes and even death.
For some people, sleeping on their left side can help reduce snoring. For others, having the adjustable base in more of a lounge/seat position can help. This is when both your head and feet are elevated as if you’re sitting in a recliner. Our blog post explores other options to help your snoring partner.
Reduced aches and pains
At some point, we all experience aches and pains in different areas. Adjusting the position of your mattress with an adjustable bed frame can help you choose a position that allows you to sleep.
What to look for in an adjustable bed and mattress
Not every new mattress is suitable for an adjustable bed frame. You may be able to elevate your head and foot but not at the same time. It’s not easy to tell the difference just by looking at a mattress. Be sure to ask a mattress expert at The Bedding Mart.
When it comes to brands of top-quality mattresses, a good place to start is Taylor & Wells. The Bedding Mart experts will take you through every option and answer any question you may have.
Try it at home first
A high-quality retailer will encourage you to try the mattress and bed frame at home. Take them up on it. A sleep trial is the absolute best way to find out what works best for you.
When it comes to size, what’s important?
If you’re buying a mattress for yourself, why not buy an oversize bed? Ask anyone who has an oversize bed, and they’ll tell you they will never go back. What might have seemed a luxury at first is now something they cannot do without.
For example, some people may be used to a split king or a California king. Once you start looking at larger mattresses, you’ll be amazed.
The Family Bed by Taylor & Wells is 120 inches wide and 80 inches long. It’s the largest commercially available bed you can buy. And if you want bigger, then try The Family Bed XL. This mammoth bed is 144 inches wide and 84 inches long. That’s like putting two California King mattresses together side by side.
Mattress options – memory foam or hybrid
Everyone prefers a different firmness level. Some people like the idea of individually pocketed coils available with a hybrid mattress. Others prefer high-quality gel memory foam. It’s really up to you.
If you haven’t been mattress shopping in a bit, you’ll be astonished at how much has changed. Material science, technology, and construction methods have all been advanced. And that’s just the mattresses; wait till you see what’s available in adjustable bed frames.