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Adjustable Beds for the Elderly

September, 2012 TSG_PTIMG_bed

Doctors are now recommending adjustable beds for the elderly more than ever to address a variety of ailments and to improve health and well-being. Our busy and stressful lives can often lead to neck and shoulder tension, lower back pain, and sleeplessness.

An adjustable bed may provide temporary relief from a variety of health problems such as:

  • Low Back Pain
  • Neck and Shoulder Tension
  • Circulatory Problems
  • Pain from Arthritis
  • Asthma and other Breathing Difficulties
  • Acid Reflux and Nighttime Heartburn
  • Minor Aches and Pains
  • Edema or Swelling of the Legs
  • Insomnia
  • Ease Lower Back Pain

Our spines are made up of curves. By sleeping on a flat surface, these important curves are not supported and are, in fact, put under stress and tension causing sleeplessness and lower back pain. An adjustable bed along with a memory foam mattress allows for the curves of the body to be supported naturally and effortlessly. The body is then put in its natural position for sleep, easing back pain and encouraging deep sleep.

Neck and Shoulder Tension
Neck and shoulder tension is often caused by too much stress without a way to alleviate the tension buildup. By elevating the upper body, supporting the curve of the neck with memory foam and using the various massage options, neck and shoulder pain melts away naturally and effortlessly.

Circulatory Problems
Sleeping on a hard, flat surface with no give causes pressure points on various parts of the body. These pressure points decrease circulation which can lead to sleeplessness, numbness in arms and legs, and a feeling of sluggishness when awake. The memory foam in our mattress responds to the heat of your body and gives where it is needed the most. This relieves the pressure points allowing for increased circulation and better sleep. Also by slightly elevating the legs and upper body, a natural position for sleep, any blocks to circulation are also eliminated creating less pressure on the heart.

Asthma and Breathing Difficulties
By elevating the upper body, pressure is taken off the lungs and breathing becomes easier. Doctors often recommend sleeping with the chest elevated which allow the lungs to perform their function more effortlessly. Breathing difficulties can also be caused by some fluid buildup which is also reduced by elevating the legs to stimulate the fluid entry into the circulatory system and out of the lungs. Asthma patients report that sleeping with their chest elevated greatly eases their breathing and assists them in getting a good night’s sleep.

Edema
Edema is a condition of an abnormal amount of fluid buildup in the body. It causes severe swelling in one or more parts of the body. Symptoms can include swollen legs and feet, puffy eyelids, and weight gain. By elevating the legs and feet, the excess fluid is effortlessly processed out of the body through the circulatory system. Sometimes standing on ones feet all day can also cause some puffiness of the feet and ankles. Elevating your feet and legs when you get home from a hard day’s work immediately reduces the swelling and the various massage options eases those tired and aching muscles.

Acid Reflux
Acid Reflux, also known as GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease) is caused by the lower esophageal sphincter relaxing to allow harsh stomach acids to leak back into the esophagus. Doctors often recommend elevating the head at least 6 inches to allow gravity to keep those stomach acids in the stomach. The adjustable bed allows you find just the right elevation to help reduce Acid Reflux so your sleep in more peaceful and restful.

Whatever the reason, if you or a elderly loved one are having problems sleeping, an adjustable bed could be the answer.

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