Does An Adjustable Bed Base Make Sleeping Better?



“Before we got ours, I used to sleep better on the recliner than my bed.” – Eric J.


“Finally, finally – no more propping up pillows.” -- Molly P.


“We should have done this ten years ago.” – Jenny and Joe B.


Stop reading this article. If you want to find out if an adjustable base bed frame is better to sleep on, just ask someone who has one. They’re not hard to find. All you have to do is mention the word bed, sleep, or mattress, near anyone who has an adjustable base, and I guarantee that they will tell you all about how much they like it.

In fact, they usually go on and on and won’t shut up about it. Be patient. It’s like falling in love for the first time.




"So, how come we don’t have one?"


Some of you may wonder, if adjustable beds are so good, why haven’t we heard of them before?

Now, that is a good question.

  1. For starters, you probably have heard or seen something on tv or radio about adjustable bases. Usually, it’s an annoying ad, and thankfully, this makes them easy to ignore and forget.
  2. Second, even if you have heard of them, it’s hard to believe adjustable bases could be all that much better.
  3. Finally, you might conclude even if an adjustable base is better, and it’s not something you really need.



Are you adding a new one to the list of famous last words?


  1. Smartphone? For what? I watch cat videos on my computer at work.
  2. We don’t live in Alaska. Who needs heated seats in a car with a perfectly good heater?
  3. This giant 32 inch is the biggest tv screen anyone will ever need.
  4. Crocs are cool.
  5. Yes, they’re great but I don’t need an adjustable base because ____________.



What to look for in a remote-controlled adjustable bed base?


Independent Dual Adjustment

You and your bed partner can adjust each side of the bed the way you like it. Split adjustable bases allow each of you to program different settings for your head and feet. For example, one person can be sleeping with their side lying flat, while the other person can have their knees and head elevated to read.


Full range adjustment

Most adjustable bases have an excellent range of motion for both the head and foot of the bed. Usually, it’s 60-80 degrees in elevation for the upper body and 30-40 degrees in elevation for the lower body.






Weightless gravity position preset

Some people describe this as feeling weightless. Your lower body is raised just enough above your head, which helps improve circulation and relieve lower back pain.


Massage feature

More and more adjustable bases incorporate a gentle and invigorating massage setting. In addition, intensity levels and duration times can be customized to suit your preference.


Under base lighting

People who get up in the middle of the night will appreciate this feature. No more stubbed toes on your way to the bathroom. Instead, an adjustable base offers a gentle glow that emanates from underneath the bed and illuminates a significant portion of the floor surrounding your bed.


No more power cord knots

USB ports conveniently placed within easy reach enable you to keep your devices charged while sleeping. No more cords to tangle with or trip over.


Mattress stabilizer

Most mattresses want to slide when you lower or raise the bed base. Be sure to check out the system used to keep the mattress properly in position.


Easy to use wireless remote control

Sometimes too much technology gets in the way. Make sure the remote control is designed so that you can get the setting you want without having to put on your reading glasses in the middle of the night.


Quiet operation

No one wants to hear the whine of machinery and gears grinding at night. So when you find an adjustable bed, use an app on your phone to measure the decibels. Then, compare the beds and choose the one that suits your needs.






Some common reasons why people love their adjustable bed bases


Help with snoring. Take a guess. Is your partner pro-snore or anti-snore? Don’t wait until they make an audio recording of how bad it is.

Elevating your upper torso can reduce the amount and intensity of your snoring. The smile you’ll have from a better night’s sleep will be almost as big and wide as the smile your partner will wake up with every morning.



For sleep apnea

You don’t have to be overweight to have sleep apnea. However, sleep disorders such as this are more common than most people realize. Studies show the severity of obstructive sleep apnea is reduced with an elevated head sleep position.


Helps heartburn and indigestion

Although medication can help, some people prefer an adjustable bed offers. Nocturnal gastroesophageal reflux, or GERD is shown to improve based on scientific studies where the head and torso are elevated.


Leg cramps, varicose veins, and poor circulation in the legs and feet

People who suffer from these conditions have known for a very long time that elevating the legs and feet provides relief. 


Relief for lower back issues

This is one of the most common reasons for sick days in the US. Here again, being to elevate your legs without stacking up a pile of pillows will make you smile.


Aren't beds are just for sleeping?

Yes, yes, we were all taught that beds are for sleeping. Things change. Many people enjoy reading in bed and watching tv. The line between work and home has become blurred, so more people are checking emails in bed, if not flat out working.


You’re pregnant

Trying to get comfortable can be a challenge, especially in the later stages. However, being able to adjust to your favorite position can help give you some much-needed rest.






But I just bought a new mattress!

Good. In most cases, the mattress you have will work with an adjustable bed. Even if your mattress has pocketed coils, it may be a suitable match for the right kind of adjustable base. Please be sure to consult an expert at a local retailer to make certain.


Is a king size mattress too big?

Not anymore. Today, there are plenty of adjustable base frames to fit your California King or Split California King mattress. In addition, some people will combine two twin XL mattresses to fit a split king configuration for their new adjustable base frame.





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