Do Doctors Recommend Adjustable Beds?
The key to achieving a good night's rest can often depend on sleeping on the right bed. Sleeping gives our brains the opportunity to sort and store information and prepare for the next day. While our brain does all that hard work, our body rests from daily activities. The more we struggle to fall asleep at night, the less time our body has to reset for the next day. One contributor to poor sleep quality may be your bed. One of the solutions to achieving better sleep may be switching to an adjustable bed.
Doctors may recommend an adjustable bed to someone for several reasons. For example, an adjustable bed base can make getting in and out of bed easier, which can improve independence for the elderly. Doctors may also recommend sleeping on an adjustable bed to improve your overall health. Sleeping on an adjustable bed can give your back the support it needs to reduce pain and inflammation that a traditional base cannot. Unlike sleeping on a traditional base, an adjustable bed gives you the ability to adjust the mattress to whatever your comfort needs may be. Some insurances even consider an adjustable base a medical expense and could cover some of the cost as long as the doctor prescribes one.
An adjustable bed base can also assist those who struggle with health conditions. Doctors may recommend sleeping with your legs and knees elevated to patients who complain of lower back pain. For those who struggle to breathe easily at night, they might also recommend sleeping with the head and neck slightly raised. Below, we’ll go over some of the common health conditions that may lead a doctor to recommend an adjustable bed to improve sleep quality. We’ll also discuss common patient preferences for adjustable beds.
Arthritis is a common health condition, typically associated with age, that is caused by joint inflammation. Osteoarthritis is a type of arthritis that occurs when the tissue at the end of bones wears down from gradual use that worsens over time. Osteoarthritis often occurs in the neck, lower back, and knees. Individuals who struggle with arthritis may find that using an adjustable bed helps to temporarily alleviate pain or agitation. Taking pressure off the joints helps alleviate any pain or discomfort that one may feel when laying down.
An adjustable base can help to relieve pressure from these joints by adjusting your body into a comfortable but supportive position. The zero-gravity position is designed to take pressure off your spine while sleeping. When sleeping in this position, your knees, torso and head are raised slightly above your stomach. Zero-gravity is typically set at a 120-degree angle; however, it can be adjusted to achieve whatever is most comfortable for you.
Sven & Son’s Classic Series adjustable bed comes with a wireless remote that features memory settings, including a zero-gravity option. Sleeping in this position may help those who struggle with arthritis to be more comfortable while sleeping at night.
Swelling and Circulation
Swelling is a common occurrence in many health conditions. While swelling can be a symptom of an underlying health problem, it can also occur from a muscle injury, standing too long, or from a diet issue. Regardless of what may cause the swelling, it can be uncomfortable and painful. Doctors may recommend that patients who are struggling with swelling keep their legs raised above their heart. Laying or sleeping in this position can reduce swelling and improve circulation. Sven & Son’s Essential Series adjustable bed base comes with the basic functionality of an adjustable base. Falling asleep easier is just a button click away, thanks to the memory presets and a zero-gravity button the Essential’s wireless remote.
Sleep Apnea and Asthma
Sleep apnea is a potentially dangerous sleeping condition in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts while asleep. Many people who suffer from sleep apnea report waking up still feeling tired and snoring loudly while sleeping. Snoring occurs when the weight of the neck presses against the windpipe. Doctors may recommend sleeping on an adjustable base because it can help combat some of the symptoms of sleep apnea. Sleeping with your head slightly inclined takes weight off your throat and opens your airways, which can prevent snoring.
People who struggle with asthma can also benefit from sleeping in this position. Mucus gathered in the chest from postnasal drip can aggravate asthma symptoms. Postnasal drip can make breathing more difficult while sleeping and can lead to coughing or wheezing throughout the night. On top of taking the pressure off your throat, sleeping slightly elevated can help reduce postnasal drip.
Sven & Son’s Classic + Series adjustable bed base is the perfect fit if you struggle with these issues. Utilizing the individual pillow tilt feature helps open airways for easier breathing and takes unnecessary pressure off the neck.
Spinal stenosis is the narrowing of the spaces in the spine, which can cause an increased amount of pressure through the nerves. This occurs gradually as we age, and typically occurs in the neck and lower back. This pressure causes a pinch against the spinal cord and can cause pain and discomfort throughout the day. While there is no cure for spinal stenosis, giving your spine more support can momentarily alleviate pain. For example, those who suffer from stenosis in their lower back may find comfort with lumbar supportive accessories that can reduce pain.
For someone looking for lumbar support, we would suggest Sven & Son’s Bliss series adjustable bed base. Sven & Son’s Bliss Series base offers individual lumbar support for those who may need it. This way, you can adjust the amount of support for each side of the mattress.
Like spinal stenosis, Sciatica also occurs when more pressure is put on a nerve. The Sciatic nerve is located around your hips and legs and connects the base of the spine to each foot. Sciatica may cause radiating or constant pain in the legs when aggravated. Doctors may recommend changing daily habits and stretching to help minimize pain or discomfort. One way of alleviating the pain from sciatica is by taking pressure off of that nerve. Sleeping with your legs slightly elevated on an adjustable bed can help alleviate some of this pain.
While doctors may recommend an adjustable bed to help alleviate certain health issues, they are beneficial to everyone. Sleeping on an adjustable base can improve the quality of sleep for anyone, even those who don’t think they need it. Don’t take it from us, take a look at some of our reviews!
Leighanne is the marketing intern at Sven & Son. When she's not learning about all things sleep-related, she loves to spend her days reading and going on walks with her dogs. Leighanne hopes to one day travel around the world and write about her experiences.