Adjustable or reflex beds are among the most sought after products of their kind in the market today, due to their combination of form and function. This type of bed was “first used in hospitals to make patients more comfortable, and have since been introduced [to the market] as a mainstream product,” observed the Sleep Foundation website. “They can accommodate your posture for various activities and more. While these include making it upright like a sofa as you watch TV, reclining while you read a book, or browsing your gadget, its most vital purpose is to ease various health issues that occur during sleep. While these include sleep apnea and back pain as two of the most recurring afflictions for sleepers, adjustable beds can tackle these issues due to their ability to accommodate your spine and facilitate your blood circulation.
The role of adjustable beds in easing sleep apnea
WebMD.com classified sleep apnea in three categories: obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), central sleep apnea, and complex sleep apnea. The website noted that obstructive sleep apnea, the most common form of this disorder, “happens when your airways repeatedly become completely or partially blocked during sleep, usually because the soft tissue in the back of your throat collapses.“ When this happens, “your diaphragm and chest muscles work harder than normal to open your airways…This can affect your sleep, lower the flow of oxygen to your vital organs, and lead to abnormal heart rhythm.”
WebMD.com added that central sleep apnea is related to the central nervous system because “your brain fails to tell your muscles to breathe because of issues in your respiratory control center.” On the other hand, complex sleep apnea “happens when you have both obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea.”
The Sleep Foundation website has found that the features of adjustable beds make them the product of choice for many people suffering from sleep apnea.
The beds’ ability to tilt might help if you chronically snore, a symptom of obstructive sleep apnea. “Chronic snorers can also benefit from using an adjustable bed, as elevating the head can help open the airway,” said Sleep Foundation. “Most adjustable beds allow sleepers on both sides of the mattress to program their own settings, so you and your partner can sleep at different angles depending on your individual needs.
healthline.com backed Sleep Foundation’s findings. The website cited a 2017 study which “found that a 7.5 degree elevation [of the head] significantly improved [obstructive sleep apnea] symptoms without affecting sleep quality.” The study also found that “sleeping at 30 degrees and 60 degrees also improved sleep apnea symptoms. These angles are more similar to the positions of a reclining chair.”
Sleep specialists, including those on sleep.org, has found that sleeping on your side, including the fetal position, can help remedy symptoms of sleep apnea. They noted that this position “significantly reduces the frequency of sleep apnea breathing irregularities.” Reflex beds can enable you to sleep in this position because of their customized features. “Most adjustable beds allow sleepers on both sides of the mattress to program their own settings, so you and your partner can sleep at different angles depending on your individual needs.
The role of adjustable beds in easing back pain
Sleep Foundation noted that the flexibility of adjustable beds make them equally well suited to treat back pain as well as sleep apnea. “An adjustable bed can be a great investment for people who live with back pain because sleeping upright may be more comfortable than using a flat surface.
Sleep Foundation added that adjustable beds are particularly suited for you, if your back pain issues are traced to your lower back. “Many [adjustable beds] can be set for
zero-gravity, a position which places the legs higher than the head, which can be helpful for people with lower back pain.”
The healthline.com website backed Sleep Foundation’s findings. “[Sleeping in a reclining position] may not be the best choice for back pain, this position can be beneficial if you have isthmic spondylolisthesis. Isthmic spondylolisthesis is a condition where a vertebra slips over the one below it,” noted the website. “[A] reclining [position] may be beneficial for your back because it creates an angle between your thighs and trunk. This angle helps to reduce the pressure on your spine.
Sleep experts noted that adjustable beds are noted for their versatility, as their name implies. This includes automatically determining the alignment of your back.
“A mattress that is subjectively identified as a medium-firm and is self-adjusted is optimal for improving spinal alignment and sleep quality…This means that adjustable mattresses can be a great option for people with back pain,” said healthiline.com. “Firmness adjustability helps you take the guesswork out of figuring out which standard mattress to buy for back pain relief or proper spinal alignment. You can increase or decrease the firmness of an adjustable bed to suit your needs.”
Providing lifestyle needs for everyone
Adjustable beds is as much about form and function, as its state of the art innovations are as much about comfort as ergonomics or health benefits. The Quartz Daily Brief cited a recent survey which found that three-quarters of participants “worked remotely from their bed during the [Covid-19] pandemic. One in 10 reported that they spent ‘most or all of their workweek - 24-40 hours - in bed,” the publication said in its website qz.com.
“The global adjustable bed market will reach $12.41 billion in the next six years, growing an average of 9% a year until 2028, according to market research firm Data Bridge. That’s up from a yearly 2.2% between 2017 and 2022.”
The Linak website agreed, as it noted that adjustable beds are suitable for everyone, regardless of their age, gender or health. They suggested getting “in a comfortable position with a firm back support and your feet up,” for activities like reading email and other materials, browsing the internet or just reading. They added that the bed’s versatility is due to remote control.
They added that adjustable beds can do wonders to those of you who like to get breakfast in bed. All you have to do is “simply raise the back [of the adjustable bed]” to avoid the trouble of “having to stack extra pillows behind you for support.”
Linak added that the adjustable bed’s ability to be tailored to you and your partner’s respective needs improves life in more ways than one. These include speeding up your recovery quicker from exercise, bonding with your children, and easing the burden of pregnancy.
Adjustable beds are the last word in form and function today, due to their health benefits and versatility. Whether it be reclining the bed to read a book or browse on your smartphone, setting it upright to watch TV or even giving you a soothing massage, adjustable beds can be tailored to your lifestyle requirements.
The beds are particularly in demand because of their ability to provide quality slumber for customers dealing with insomnia and other sleep-related conditions, among them sleep apnea and lower back pain, due to their ability to accommodate your spine and facilitate your blood circulation. The beds’ customization option is particularly welcomed, as the feature can lift your head if you’re afflicted with sleep apnea. On the other hand, the bed can also lift your lower legs to alleviate lower back pain. Most of all, either side of the bed can be customized to fit you and your partner’s respective needs.
King Koil’s Ergopedic line of adjustable beds are among the pinnacles of adjustable beds. These include a 6 degree Bed Tilt Position to enable uninterrupted and comfortable sleep by opening your airway ducts, the Zero Gravity position to increase blood circulation and ease pressure on your spine. The Ergopedic rest position allows you and your partner to tailor the bed to your respective needs, as well as indulge in a head to toe massage. The bed’s versatility is due to its wireless remote control, which provides these amenities with only one touch.
On the other hand, the newest innovation of King Koil Reflex is more of a lifestyle adjustable bed. Featuring an Active position that can be set upright to watch TV, it can also be adjusted to a Lifestyle Position reclining position to read your favorite book or browse your gadgets, The bed’s structure is made to reduce snores, deal with symptoms of reflux acid and back pain, as well as facilitate blood flow and more. The use of high quality Auto Response Gold Coils provides you with a sleeping experience that is as beneficial to your health as it is comfortable.
Both King Koil Ergo Pedic and Reflex line also boast the Zero Gravity Preset position, which treats back pain by keeping “a position where your heart and your knee is horizontally in one straight line, accelerating blood circulation and relieving pressure on your spine.” The Zero Gravity also allows for undisturbed and comfortable sleep, as it “also expands your lung capacity, while decreasing stress on the heart and reducing your body muscle tensions.”
The wireless remote control for the bed can enable you to get the bed tilt Zero Gravity positions, You can use this feature to raise the upper half of the bed to a 90-degree sofa position to watch TV. The remote control is just as adept in allowing you to take some leisurely
activities, such as “having your breakfast and reading your newspaper in the morning,” or reading your email and browsing on your gadget.
Like our range of beds, bed linens, pillows, bolsters and quilts, and mattress protectors, the Ergo Pedic bed systems are certified by the ICA (International Chiropractors Association) and the International Sleep Products Association (ISPA) for their health benefits. That said, drop by the nearest King Koil outlet to get the health benefits of these products.