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Adjustable bed vs regular bed: Why choose an adjustable bed?

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Previously considered a product for hospitals and clinics, adjustable beds are becoming increasingly popular in the home. As a result, many manufacturers are now adding adjustable beds to their bed product lines and selling them along with their high-end mattresses. If you’re considering an adjustable bed yourself, we’ve outlined the pros and cons of adjustable beds vs regular beds below to help you.

What are the benefits of an adjustable bed?

Improved posture

Compared to a regular bed, an adjustable bed smoothly contours to your body which helps support your spine and maintain a ‘neutral’ position. This improved posture, will give you a comfortable, restful night’s sleep while also bringing relief to key pressure points on your body.

Comfort you deserve

If you’re lying flat on a regular bed it generates pressure on different areas of the body such as hips, head, shoulders and heels. This can make you uncomfortable during sleep. By contrast, an adjustable bed contours to your body positions, reducing the pressure on key areas of your body – so you can get a good night’s sleep.

Mr Green drifted off to sleep a lot quicker with his Majestic adjustable bed

I have been very happy with my Adjustamatic Majestic Adjustable Bed. I find it nice and comfortable and since using it I have started to drift off to sleep a lot quicker. The incliner function on the bed is also easily adjusted to suit a sleeping position most comfortable for me.

– Mr Green, from Nottingham

Convenience

If you experience mobility problems, getting into and out of bed can feel like a challenge. At the touch of a button, most adjustable beds can be raised and lowered to help you get in and out of bed with minimal discomfort. Additionally, all Adjustamatic beds are designed to help you sit up at the angle you find most comfortable.

Greater independence

Another advantage of an adjustable bed vs a regular bed is that you can move independently. Our split adjustable beds give you and your partner each a mattress and bed base you can adjust independently without disturbing your other half.

Reduced snoring and better breathing

When sleeping on a regular bed, your tongue and soft tissues can narrow your airways, which can cause snoring. For some couples, snoring can be so disruptive, sleeping apart is the only way to get some valuable shut eye.

Simply by elevating your head with the remote control, an adjustable bed can stop your tongue and tissues narrowing your airways, to effectively reduce snoring.

Whether you snore or not, slightly elevating the head will also allow oxygen to flow more freely, which will not just improve your breathing, but also limit the probability of asthma attack.

Relief from back pain

One out of three people suffer from back pain every year. The key to managing back pain is to find a comfortable sleeping position. For some people, slightly elevating the feet reduces pressure on the spine and allows the lumber area to fully relax. This is very difficult to achieve if you’re on a regular (flat) bed but with an adjustable bed it can be achieved at the touch of a button.

Improved circulation and reduced swelling

If you suffer from circulation issues or swelling in your legs, an adjustable bed can help. Swelling caused by poor circulation of blood flow in the legs, can be improved by slightly elevating the legs during sleep. At the touch of a button, an adjustable bed can slightly elevate your legs which will improve circulation, reduce swelling and help you sleep peacefully.

A Royale adjustable bed helped relieve the ‘nasty aching feeling’ in Miss Hampton’s legs

The Adjustamatic brand is something I have become accustomed to, recently replacing an old Adjustamatic bed with a new one, the Royale bed. I suffer from lymphedema and the NHC Cyclo-Therapy massage system has been extremely helpful allowing me to elevate my legs and providing me with a feeling of comfort.

I also find the NHC Cyclo-therapy massage system very much relieves the nasty aching feeling I experience from having chronic lymphedema of both legs.

– Miss Hamption, from Winchester

Better digestion

When you sleep, your body is working to digest the food. Elevating your head by about 6 inches when you’re sleeping can aid the digestion process. An adjustable bed makes adjusting your head position and digesting your food much easier.

The drawbacks of an adjustable bed

Cost

Choosing an adjustable bed vs a regular bed is a considerably more expensive option. Although the cost of an adjustable bed is a key factor in the decision-making process, this should always be weighed against the features and long-term life benefits of an adjustable bed.

Mattress

Your existing mattress may not be compatible with an adjustable bed. However, every Adjustamatic bed comes with a choice of compatible mattress, at no extra cost.

Weight

This is the main drawback of an adjustable bed. Compared to a regular bed, an adjustable bed is approximately 3 x heavier. And the extra technology in the high-end models can make them very heavy indeed. Regular beds are less heavy and can be moved more easily but they don’t offer the same levels of comfort.

Adjustable Bed vs Regular Bed: A Quick Comparison

Adjustable bedRegular bed
Postural support
Helps improve your posture

Does not provide posture benefits
Pressure relief
Reduces pressure on your body

Puts extra pressure on different areas of the body
Assistance
Makes getting in and out of bed easy

Not very convenient
Independence
You can move in the bed without disturbing your partner

Less independence
Snore prevention
Elevates your head which improves breathing and reduces chances of snoring

Flat surface narrows airways, which cause people to snore
Back pain relief
Contours to your body and improve posture which help with back pain

Doesn’t help with back pain
Circulation improvement
Improves circulation and reduce swelling in legs

Doesn’t help with circulation or swelling
Help with digestion
Can help improve your digestion

Does not help improve digestion
Cost
More expensive than a regular bed

Cheaper than an adjustable bed
Mattress compatability
May require a new mattress, but a mattress is usually provided with the bed

Does not require mattress change
Weight
Heavier than a regular bed

Not very heavy

Think an adjustable bed is right for you?

Hopefully this guide has helped you understand the clear benefits of an adjustable bed vs that of a regular bed, but if you’d like to know more, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our expert team. You can contact us by email or phone us for free on 0800 037 2982.

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