Updated: February 19, 2018
Adjustable bed frames… for many, it feels like something you’d only find in hospitals or at your grandparent’s house. But here’s the thing… no matter what age you are or level of health, an adjustable foundation might be the best bedding decision you’ll ever make. Seriously.
Why? Because adjustable bed frames, contrary to popular belief, are just as much about alternative sleep positions as they are about ultimate adaptability and versatility in your waking hours. Sit up in your bed to watch TV? Great for it. A favorite guilty pleasure is eating your favorite snacks in bed? The perfect solution. A snoring partner keeps you awake at night? The perfect remedy. If you’re considering buying an adjustable foundation along with a new mattress, here are 5 reasons that’ll sway you in the right direction (re: toward this).
They work with just about any modern mattress.
Adjustable bed frames work with more mattresses than you’d think. While most assume that adjustable frames only work with super-thin, all foam mattresses (or, in other words, not yours), adjustable frames work with most latex foam, memory foam and even some innerspring beds. Of course, it’s always a good idea to double check that your selected mattress works with an adjustable foundation, but generally any mattress that can be compressed into a box for shipping (like any that you can buy on Brooklyn Bedding) will work great with the right adjustable foundation.
They can help reduce chronic back pain.*
An adjustable bed lets you adjust your position to help keep your spine aligned and to reduce pressure. For example, if you suffer from lower back pain, sleeping in a slightly inclined position with support under your knees may reduce pressure and morning aches and pains. Your new adjustable bed makes that sleeping position possible, as well as adjustments for other ailments that benefit from greater support in particular areas of the body. You can even ask your doctor what sleeping position he or she recommends and then create it with an adjustable bed.
*Certain types of chronic pain cannot always be remedied by a change in your sleep or mattress. Always consult a doctor to determine the root cause of your pain and how to fix it.
They help to reduce snoring and sleep apnea.
Snoring is caused by air being blocked between your mouth or nose and your lungs. This blockage makes the tissue vibrate, which can often lead to a less-than-soothing noise. Gravity works with the weight of your neck to create the blockage, especially when you are lying down. By being able to raise your head with an adjustable bed, you’re able to alleviate some of that pressure and open up your airways more effectively. Plus, if you have obstructive sleep apnea, an adjustable bed can help the problem.
They help to improve digestion.
While it’s never a good idea to go to sleep or lie down right after eating, chances are you’ve been guilty of doing just that. Unfortunately, lying flat makes it harder for your body to digest food and easier for you to experience acid reflux. Raising your head just six inches or so will help your body digestion process, and is especially effective for those that experience chronic acid reflux. Pillows can help, but without adequate support under your upper back and shoulders (which often happens when you are propped up solely by pillows) some pain caused from misalignment is likely. An adjustable frame helps to reduce the issue with acid reflux without the risk of causing poor alignment and support.
They can help to reduce swelling.
You may be on your feet all day and come home with swollen lower legs and feet. You may have a sprain or other injury. Or, swelling could occur because of a health problem. Raising your feet and legs will help reduce swelling. If you’ve ever tried to stack up pillows or use a cushion, you know you are likely to wake up with your feet and legs no longer raised. An adjustable bed frame makes keeping your feet and legs raised simple. And, those raised legs can even help combat varicose veins.
When you visit your local mattress shop, ask the sleep professional about an adjustable bedframe. Try one out. Then, spend the time – about 15 minutes – stretched out on a mattress that will work with that frame. Take home the new mattress that’s right for you and the new adjustable bedframe and find out how soundly you can sleep!