Written by Ela Lindsay
Adjustable beds are making Americans wake up and take notice.
People of all ages are opting for these beds, which offer numerous health benefits and may even improve relationships.
According to Jonathan Kunke of Ventura County’s four-store Sleep Shoppe chain, “Adjustable beds are not just for older people. Half of the ones we sell are to people under 50.”
There are many good reasons for that.
People of all ages want to watch TV and read while prone. These beds also help improve circulation and offer one of the best support systems for the sleeping body.
Adjustable beds also help with body alignment. For optimal results, Kunke says, “One should sleep with the head at about a 15-degree angle and the feet above the heart level.”
This helps reduce pressure points, increases oxygen and helps muscles relax. Upon waking one tends to feel rested, alert and energetic.
Also, sleeping at the optimal angles in an adjustable bed tends to alleviate conditions such as acid reflux and snoring. Those who use an adjustable bed may find they need less sleep because they feel more rested—an adjustable bed can reduce the amount of tossing and turning one does in one’s sleep.
“The importance of getting a good night’s sleep goes way beyond getting your ‘beauty sleep,’” says Fred Kunke, Jonathan’s father and owner of The Sleep Shoppe. “There are significant health benefits, like reducing your risk for Type 2 diabetes and obesity.”
One of the more recognized brands in the adjustable bed market is Tempur-Pedic, which offers all the above benefits. In addition, their mattresses have been designed to contour to the body’s curvature to reduce pressure points.
If a customer doesn’t want an adjustable frame or if they just want to sleep flat, they can opt for a Tempur mattress alone, which is totally different from a memory foam mattress, says Kunke. “Tempur-Pedic has different kinds with different reaction speeds,” he says, “so some can feel softer than others. But this doesn’t affect the support system they offer.”
A big plus to couples using Tempur-Pedic mattresses is the fact that they offer little or no movement, so one partner shifting in their sleep won’t disturb the other, making for better undisturbed rest. Also, the mattresses are resistant to allergens and dust mites, and are customized for support and comfort.
Temperature-controlled beds are another hot trend.
One should sleep with the head at about a 15-degree angle and the feet above the heart level.
“Tempur-Pedic makes a ‘Breeze’ collection, which keeps you regulated at a certain temperature,” says Kunke. The cover and comfort layer of these mattresses are infused with a state-of-the-art cooling material that feels cool to the touch and draws heat away from the body.
Whether the choice is an adjustable bed, a Tempur-Pedic or a regular mattress, the key to a great night’s sleep is choosing the right fit. Sweet dreams will come as the result of research, in-person testing and the guidance of trained professionals.