I never had a problem sleeping. Historically I just clicked the light and eased back to my pillow. Within a scant few minutes, my inner “something” would signal me to roll onto my side.
But then I took a part-time sales job in a nearby furniture store. The photo studio I’d owned for 18 years had finally gone defunct, a victim of the age of pixels and the hordes of photo-wannabes toting bargain-basement cameras.
But I digress.
Classic Brands adjustable upholstered bed
Classic Brands Comfort Upholstered Adjustable Bed Base with Massage
So I’m playing salesman in the living room department when it’s time to meet the mattress rep for some newbie education. Right away he tags me as a “customer stand-in,” suggesting that I stretch out on a handy bed and mattress. He points an unfamiliar gadget, and my legs begin to rise.
“Tell me when you think it’s right,” he says, in a voice of sales assurance.
Color me ignorant, but until then I had never heard of an “adjustable bed.” Were they those clunky, hospital things with rock-hard mattresses and a hand-crank at one end? But this was nothing less than wonderful! Maybe even better.
The two of us – the sales rep and I – shared a knowing grin. But he wasn’t finished yet. Now my upper body rose and I slipped the earthly realm. As I lingered there at zero Gs, the arthritis I’d had for years was gone. My breaths were coming slower, deeper, easier. Parts that never hurt before felt better.
And this is how a perfect stranger (who’d become my new best friend) came to introduce me to the “zero gravity position” — a simple S-shaped curve.
I knew I had to own one of these marvelous contraptions.
If you’re interested, do your research first. Work your Google finger to the bone. If you suffer from health issues, speak with your doctor. It’s a significant investment – around $1,000 and up – so it pays to be as certain as you can.
Sven & Son Split King Adjustable Bed Base Frame
Sven & Son Split King Adjustable Bed Base Frame + 14” Luxury Cool Gel Memory Foam Hybrid Mattress
Sven & Son
My purchase worked out well, but I should have been more careful. Why? As I mentioned, I’d always been a side sleeper, and S-shaped curves don’t mix with that persuasion – people just don’t bend that way. The same is true for “belly-sleepers.”
But I was lucky: Within days of buying this wonderful bed, and with no particular effort, I transformed. I became a back sleeper. That’s a bonus in itself, as back-sleeping is the healthiest way to go. It helps your head, neck, and spine maintain a neutral position, and reduces stress to internal organs. According to Dee Anna Glaser, professor of dermatology at Saint Louis University, it can even help stop facial wrinkles, as you spare your face from pressing on a pillow every night.
If you suffer back pain (like so many of us), Adam Sainato, a doctor in chiropractic from Florida, states that if you enjoy a standard recliner, you could benefit from an adjustable bed: “As a general rule, if you find relief from your back pain by resting in a reclined position, you will benefit from an adjustable bed.”
Mr. Sainato goes on to say that certain back conditions such as degenerative spondylolisthesis, osteoarthritis, and spinal stenosis may be especially eased by adjustable beds in “zero gravity” or other head and foot positions.
There could be a thousand reasons (I admit, I haven’t counted) why people may be “restless” in their sleep — that is, they toss and turn. In addition, some are frustrated at their inability to sleep soundly or to fall quickly back to sleep when they wake up unexpectedly.
A learned mattress seller shared a theory why zero gravity works for many people: It’s a natural position, to which most humans are drawn. As evidence, he pointed out that even side-sleepers seldom lie “fully extended” but curl into a near-fetal position, similar to a “sideways zero gravity.”
I emphasize that, while this theory might seem reasonable, as far as I’m aware, there have been no scientific studies to support (or negate) it.
I’m glad you asked me that. These are some of the potential benefits mentioned by healthresearchfunding.org:
- Improved blood circulation
- Relief from aches and pains
- Relief from acid reflux
- Relief from some asthma symptoms
But remember, your mileage may vary. Let’s go through them one by one:
Improved blood circulation
This makes it easier on your blood vessels – and of course your heart.
Relief from common aches and pains
Thanks to a better blood flow and the anti-gravity effect of the subtle “S” curve.
Relief from acid reflux
Nothing is more disruptive to a good night’s sleep than acid reflux disease, or GERD. Elevating the upper body by as little as six inches can make the difference between a night of misery and waking up refreshed.
Relief from some asthma symptoms
Sleeping flat can be unhealthy for those with asthma or other breathing issues, as it creates a natural oxygen restriction. Over time this can affect various organs.
So stay safe, sleep tight, and happy snoozing!
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