Do you experience Acid reflux, back pain, or sleep apnea and are sick of not getting a good night’s sleep? If so, this is a very common issue, and can affect your health further if you are not getting a good quality sleep. A good sleep is essential for anyone’s overall health, so if you are sick of not achieving this, it might be time to consider buying an adjustable bed. Adjustable beds have many health benefits, and may be the right option for you.
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) is the result of a weak esophageal sphincter, and causes stomach contents to flow back up into your esophagus. For many people who experience GERD, this can seem worse at night time. This can be due to a few causes, including the reduced saliva production in your body, you are swallowing less, and you are working against gravity. Saliva neutralizes stomach acid, but the production of saliva is reduced when we are asleep, which is why we are likely to experience acid reflux during the night. With less saliva being produced, we will be swallowing less than normal. Swallowing often keeps our stomach acid at bay. Lastly, lying horizontally eases the way for this stomach acid to leak out the top of our stomach and irritate our esophagus lining.
One way to assist patients experiencing GERD is to elevate their upper body by 6 to 8 inches in bed. This will cause gravity to work in their favour, and work to digest and process food correctly. Using an adjustable bed enables those who experience GERD to elevate their body the recommended 6 to 8 inches, helping to achieve a healthy digestion and a better sleep.
Back Pain Relief
Whether you experience lower back pain or upper back pain, an adjustable bed may cater to your specific requirements and help relieve your back pain. For lower back pain, it is recommended to sleep in a position with your legs elevated, knees bent and back completely flat, creating a pelvic tilt. This position helps to relieve lower back pain as it helps to strengthen your lower back muscles, without putting painful pressure on your lower back.
If you experience upper back pain, you can lessen the pressure on your shoulders, neck and back by being elevated. The higher your back, the less pressure you will feel on these areas.
Ultimately, with an adjustable bed gives you the ability to customize your sleeping or resting positions to maximize comfort, relieve pressure areas and pain in your back.
Sleep apnea is very common, and can cause a person experiencing it to stop breathing at times while they are asleep. This is a very serious health issue, and individuals who experience it should talk to their doctor and decide whether to purchase a sleep apnea machine to ensure they keep breathing throughout the night. There are many possible causes of sleep apnea, and one of these causes is an obstruction of the airways. If an obstruction is what is causing sleep apnea, adjusting your sleeping position could help. With the head raised, the airway is opened, and breathing may improve. An adjustable bed allows you to control your position, including elevating your head or back. This will help you maintain your optimum sleeping position, resulting in a good sleep.
Some common problems experienced by seniors include Edema (swelling in the legs, ankles and shins), cognitive difficulties if experiencing a low quality of sleep, and arthritis. Though anyone of any age can experience Edema, it is predominant in the elderly. Propping your legs up on pillows can help temporarily, but if this is a long-term problem, a long-term solution should be considered. An adjustable bed allows the legs to be raised at all times, stopping the need for multiple pillows.
There are side effects for not getting a good quality sleep that affect the elderly more than other age groups. These side effects centre around cognitive difficulties. These difficulties include but are not limited to memory loss and headaches. It is important for the elderly to strive for the best sleep possible, and with an adjustable bed this is easier than ever to achieve. With an adjustable bed, optimum comfort is ensured, resulting in a high-quality sleep and a rested mind.
Arthritis is very common, and worsens with age as the joints get tired and worn. People who experience arthritis notice pain and stiffness in their joints. This pain can make it very difficult to do certain tasks, including getting out of bed each morning. Arthritis makes it very painful to put pressure on specific joints, and therefore, an adjustable bed allows people who experience back pain to position themselves in a way that does not put pressure on their arthritic joints. Raising the bed head whilst getting out of bed might make the process less painful, and put less pressure on your joints.