Due to a surface consisting of multiple hinges on a bed with an adjustable foundation/base, the upper or lower extremities of the body may be raised or lowered as needed. Adjustable hi-low beds are available in a variety of sizes including twin, double, queen or king. Individuals with mobility needs may find an adjustable bed to provide the following nine benefits.
1. Relief from Chronic Pain
Some individuals suffer from chronic pain. An adjustable bed has theoretical advantages for persons with chronic pain compared to a flat mattress. Chronic back pain sufferers often find it beneficial to sleep with the bed at a slight incline with the upper body positioned higher than the lower body with support under the knees. The curves of the body are supported in this position relieving pressure from the lower back. An adjustable bed may minimize joint compression for patients with osteoarthritis. Patients with spinal stenosis or spondylolisthesis often find the reclining position of an adjustable bed comfortable.
2. Increase Circulation
Therapeutic inclination is frequently utilized to aid in circulation for persons suffering from edema in the lower extremities. Elevating the feet above the level of the heart will generally lessen the amount of swelling in the legs and feet experienced by heart patients. Mobility impaired individuals may sit in the same position for hours.
3. GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease) Relief
Many individuals, including mobility-impaired people, suffer from GERD. Heartburn resulting from acid reflux may sometimes be relieved from sleeping with the head inclined. An inclined position may decrease stomach contents from leaking into the esophagus.
An adjustable bed allows mobility-impaired individuals a certain level of independence. The beds may be controlled by a handheld device.
5. Laptop Friendly
Laptops are commonplace in most households. Internet users, including mobility-impaired individuals, find adjustable beds to be laptop friendly.
6. Reading/Television Ease
Adjustable beds may be easily positioned for reading or television viewing pleasure. Dual controlled beds allow one person to adjust his/her side of the bed for reading or television viewing, while the spouse may position the other side of the bed for sleep.
7. Reduce Bedsores
Some individuals with mobility needs experience bed sores. An adjustable bed provides the individual the ability to reposition the bed often reducing pressure on strategic body points. Furthermore, a high-quality alternating pressure mattress has been proven to help reduce bedsores when used with an adjustable bed.
8. Sleep Apnea
Some people with paralysis may experience sleep apnea. Breathing becomes very shallow or is temporarily disrupted with sleep apnea patients. The pause in breathing jolts the person out of regular sleep rhythm. The sufferer experiences less deep restorative sleep. Sleep apnea may contribute to diabetes, high blood pressure, increase in weight, stroke and other medical conditions. Adjusting the position of the bed may alleviate some of the symptoms. Persons suffering from sleep apnea should be under the care of a physician.
9. Help With Snoring
A large percentage of middle-aged men suffer from snoring. Snorers have a higher risk for arrhythmia, headaches, stroke and other health-related complications. Spouses have a difficult time sleeping in the same bed as someone who snores. A person with snoring difficulties should visit a sleep clinic; however, he/she may find an adjustable bed helpful.
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