What is an adjustable base bed, exactly? Adjustable beds allow you to raise and lower the top and bottom of your bed to various levels. You can create the exact position for your most comfortable sleep without spending 15 minutes arranging a pile of pillows. Let’s take a look at eight reasons you may want to start shopping for an adjustable bed right now.
1. Reduce Back Pain
One of the most commonly appreciated health benefits of adjustable beds is reducing back pain. If your spine is not properly aligned at night, or there is too much pressure on one part of your body, you’re apt to wake up with lower back pain. You can sleep on your side with a pillow between your legs or use other hacks to improve your pain – or you could let your bed do the work.
Lifting the top part of your bed by 45 degrees limits the compression of your lower back. Similarly, lifting the bottom part of the base can reduce the stress on the middle of your spine. You can adjust the height of the mattress until your back pain disappears.
2. Breathe Easier
A lot of people with sleep apnea or other breathing issues have doctors who recommend they sleep with their heads elevated. But stacking four pillows while the rest of your body remains flat presents its own problem – serious discomfort. One of the key benefits of an adjustable bed is that you can easily elevate the top half of your body to a position where you can still sleep comfortably while you open your airway.
Even if you don’t need regular help with a breathing disorder, an adjustable bed will come in handy if you’re ever trying to sleep with a head cold or suffer from allergies. Keeping your head up will reduce the pressure on your sinuses. As a bonus: you might snore less, too.
3. Enjoy Versatile Comfort
Are you a picky sleeper? While your partner can fall asleep in a lumpy armchair if they had to, you’re living out “The Princess and the Pea” every night. Sounds like the benefits of adjustable beds are right up your alley. The ability to adjust yourself to the ideal position means you can always find a cozy orientation.
Virtually all sleep positions will work with an adjustable bed base. On your back, you can lift your neck to release shoulder tension and neck strain. On your stomach, you can lift your legs to release compression on the top of your body. On your side, a slight incline at the top of the bed keeps your head in alignment with your spine.
4. Increase Your Independence
For older people, one of the key benefits of adjustable beds is the ability to get out of bed on your own. The same goes for someone who’s injured at any age. If you’re struggling to lift yourself into a sitting position so you can get your feet on the floor – an adjustable bed helps big time. You can lift the top part of the bed up, then swing your legs over the side. Doesn’t that sound easier than grabbing onto your nightstand for dear life as you roll over toward the ground? We think so.
5. Get Rid of Heartburn
You know you should stop eating pepperoni out of the package right before bed. But you love a salty snack to end your day! It’s a shame your body punishes you every time you lay down to go to sleep just after enjoying a pack of pretzels or some chips and salsa. With an adjustable bed, you may be able to say goodbye to (at least some of) your nightly heartburn.
Stop spending your evening playing “heart attack or heartburn” and get a bed that lifts up at the top! You will stop acid reflux faster than you can say “pass the garlic.” Even a slight incline can keep acid down in your stomach and away from your esophagus.
6. Improve Digestion
Another benefit of sleeping at an angle, courtesy of your adjustable bed, is improving digestion. Even if you stop eating several hours before bed, your body is still at work processing that order of fries as you drift into dreamland. Keeping your stomach above your intestines helps your digestive tract run smoothly. Laying flat can interrupt the regular digestion cycle (or at least slow it down).
7. Eliminate Morning Headaches
Do you wake up with a headache every day? Aren’t you getting tired of it? While there are a lot of causes – from dust mite allergies to teeth grinding – the culprit could also be a strained neck. Another of the benefits of an adjustable bed is eliminating this everyday issue. If you’re a back sleeper with no intention of changing your ways, an adjustable bed frame might be the best thing you can do for yourself.
Slightly lifting the top of your bed frame releases some of the pressure on your neck. Your head won’t be too far back like it is on a flat pillow or pushed forward and down as it can be with a super-high pillow.
8. Have Better Circulation
If you wake up with numb, tingly, or painful legs, you may not have enough circulation at night. You may notice that it takes you a while to walk in a straight line when you get out of bed. Poor circulation can also make you feel foggier in the head. Do you struggle with the coffee machine? Let’s blame it on bad circulation. But in all seriousness, poor circulation is bad for your legs, heart, and often causes major fatigue.
To avoid bad circulation, raising the bottom half of your adjustable bed will send blood back to your heart and improve your overall circulation.
The advantages of adjustable beds are practically too many to count, but these eight are a good place to start if you’re considering making the switch. An adjustable base bed is even better when you add a comfy mattress and pillows. When you’re ready to improve your sleep, check out Layla Sleep copper mattresses and pillows, our weighted blankets, and a set of bamboo sheets. You’ll be sleeping a full eight hours before you know it.