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Did you know that on average, we spend one-third of our lives asleep? Sleep plays an important role in our overall health and wellbeing, but unfortunately, not all of us can say we enjoy peaceful slumber on a regular basis. In fact, research has shown that one in five people wake up in pain in the morning. While there are many factors that could be causing you to toss and turn at night, your preferred sleeping posture could be one of the main reasons you're not getting enough shuteye.
With this in mind, it’s crucial that your bed allows you to maintain a comfortable sleeping position to achieve a full night's sleep. Just as there are ways we can improve our standing and sitting posture, there are also good postures we can adopt while we sleep. At Adjustamatic, our adjustable beds offer a number of settings to help you find your optimal sleeping position for maximum comfort throughout the night.
If you want to find out more about the health benefits associated with assuming the correct posture in bed, this simple guide should help.
How sleep affects your health
Sleep helps us to re-energise our body so we can function properly the following day. It’s true that most of us have woke up feeling stiff, sore and fatigued at some point in our lives, but for some people, this can be a regular occurrence. Studies have shown that one in three people experience aches and pains that prevent them from sleeping properly at night.
Prolonged periods of disturbed sleep have been shown to contribute to a number of health problems, including cardiovascular disease, arthritis, diabetes, increased metabolism, blood pressure and certain cancers. Poor sleeping posture, meanwhile, has been linked to back, neck and stomach pain, as well as breathing problems.
Which sleeping posture is right?
Lying flat in bed can cause a number of unsupported pressure points on the hips, head, shoulders, heels and sacrum. The ideal position is one that eliminates these pressure points, supports the natural curve of the spine and minimises the strain on the neck, back and the rest of the body.
How can an adjustable bed help?
An adjustable bed offers smooth contouring movements that allows you to change your body’s position for maximum comfort. With the simple click of a button, you can set a number of ‘optimum positions’ to relieve the body’s pressure points and support postural health. By altering the height and angle of your back and legs, you can effectively alleviate strain on the muscles, improve circulation and correct breathing problems.
Reduce back pain
Most people suffer from back pain at some point in their life. While it may be a common condition, it can make even the simplest tasks such as sitting and sleeping more difficult. Poor sleeping posture can cause back pain to develop over time. It can also exacerbate back problems for those with existing conditions.
If you suffer from back pain, it’s best to sleep with your legs elevated, your knees bent and your back flat. An adjustable bed allows you to alter your position to help keep the spine aligned, ease muscle strain and build strength in the lower back muscles.
Alleviate arthritic pain
If you suffer from arthritic pain, you may find that you struggle to achieve a good night’s sleep, which can in turn make the pain worse. In fact, research has shown that people with rheumatoid arthritis experience an increase in joint pain due to sleep loss, and are almost three times more likely to report one or more sleep problems, such as insomnia.
Adjusting your sleeping posture can help to reduce the compression of joints and support the body’s natural growth hormones to relieve arthritic symptoms. For arthritis of the hips and knees, it is recommended to sleep with the lower legs slightly raised. For individuals suffering from osteoarthritis, you can either adopt the foetal position or sleep with your legs slightly elevated. For arthritic spine, keep the back as flat as possible and support the base of the spine.
Promote healthy circulation
An adjustable bed can also help with swelling in the lower legs and feet. Elevating your lower legs above your heart can reduce swelling and stimulate blood flow around the body. This can also help with the healing of bruises and the prevention of muscles cramps.
Improve breathing and blood pressure
There are a number of respiratory problems that can cause disturbed sleep, including snoring, sleep apnoea, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and general chest congestion. Sleeping with the head in an elevated position and with the body in a slight incline can reduce the effect that gravity has on the neck, improving airflow and delivering more oxygen to the body to allow for a more peaceful rest.
People with heart problems and high blood pressure can often find it difficult to lie flat, as it places excessive strain on the chest and can result in breathlessness.To combat this problem, raising the head can help to alleviate pressure on the chest and heart and improve breathing.
Helps with digestion
An adjustable bed can also help with digestion while sleeping. Sleeping on an incline can allow the body to digest food more easily and help the stomach retain acids, improving the likelihood of an undisturbed night.
If you want to find out more about how an adjustable bed can improve your sleeping pattern, don’t hesitate to get in touch. One of our expert team members will be happy to provide you with more information on our products and their associated health benefits.