The Modern Adjustable Base Bed: A Complete Sleep System
July 31, 2017 at midnight
Updated July 31, 2017 at 6 a.m.
Would a better night’s sleep improve your quality of life? If you answered “yes,” you’re absolutely correct. You’re also aligned with leading researchers at Oxford, Cambridge, and Harvard, who declared that neglecting sleep is the 'supremely arrogant' health decision of our time.
Of course, you may actively seek to improve your sleep but still struggle to enjoy a deep, restful night. There’s no shortage of advice on how to improve your sleeping habits. But even after you eliminate all the distractions, you may not reach your sleep goals.
So what else can you do?
The answer may be an adjustable base bed. Adjustable base beds can reduce the pressure points that lead to restless sleep and post-sleep pain. They achieve this through a 'zero-gravity' bed position that eliminates common pressure points and simulates weightlessness.
You can also adjust the default positioning to target specific parts of the body. For example, raising the legs can help improve circulation and reduce back pressure. Likewise, raising the head of the bed can improve breathing. Improved breathing may reduce snoring—by you or your partner.
The adjustable head also helps reduce acid reflux. Left untreated, acid reflux can cause serious health issues. A more supportive sleep system may lower the required changes to lifestyle—such as what and when you eat—required to reduce reflux symptoms.
While innovative, adjustable base beds are not new. They were developed in the early 1900s to support hospital patients in post-operative care. By the 1960s, companies began offering adjustable base beds for the home. The technology, however, has continued to evolve, accelerating in the past decade as beds have become part of the Internet of Things.
As a simple example, adjustable base beds now include USB ports to make it easier to connect smartphones or reading devices without stringing cords across the room.
They also connect with smartphone apps to deliver daily metrics on sleep. Sleep metrics recorded by an app may include real-time recordings of motion or sound, as well as assessments of breathing patterns. These metrics can help you better understand which bed positions or external factors lead to a better night’s sleep.
The vibration or massage features of adjustable base beds provide added benefits. The smartphone connectivity means that the beds can deliver a gentle vibration as a wake-up call, replacing a shrill alarm and providing a more soothing start to the day. Furthermore, apps that identify the best time for you to wake up—based on your sleep metrics—can deliver that vibration at the most opportune moment.
Can these technological integrations truly improve your sleep and health? In another context, prominent business thinker Peter Drucker suggested an answer: “If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it.” Adjustable base beds employ technology to reveal what helps you sleep best. They also provide the customizations necessary to take advantage of that information.
If you’ve spent several decades sleeping on a standard bed next to a traditional alarm clock, these features may be exciting—and overwhelming. That’s why Ashley HomeStore invests heavily in training their staff. Their expertise extends beyond beds to help you identify the right mattress and pillows, too. Contact an Ashley HomeStore professional to learn more about how adjustable bed technology can lead to a better night’s sleep and a healthier you.