The Unfortunate Physics of Flat Mattresses

Getting better sleep is a universal desire, especially for those who experience low back pain. About 85% of people will suffer from low back pain and discomfort at some point in their lives, from a variety of sources. In fact, sometimes the discomfort is literally caused by the mattress itself, and the undue pressure that traditional flat mattresses can place on the human spine.

A spine has a natural, S shaped curve when in a standing position. As such, it is physically impossible for a flat mattress to adequately support the natural curve of the human spinal column, no matter the sleeping position. When only a few sections of the spine are supported, the muscles surrounding the unsupported sections tend to unconsciously compensate, leading the body to possibly experience soreness and stiffness upon waking.

So what is the answer to getting better sleep? The best solution is to find a way to adjust your sleeping position to one more suited to the shape of your spine. The ideal position is known as the Fowlers position, where the upper body is elevated while the legs remain either straight or slightly bent and supported at the knees. If you have trouble picturing it, imagine the exact position your body is in when you sit back in a recliner with an extended leg rest. And then think about how easy it is to fall asleep in that kind of chair.

While spending the night in an easy chair may seem attractive to some, most people would rather find a solution that combines the ideal sleeping position with the comfort and quiet of their own bedrooms. And that is exactly where adjustable beds may provide the perfect solution. Adjustable ergonomic beds have the ability to conform more accurately to your resting spinal shape, by enabling you to raise and lower both the head and foot of the bed to achieve the Fowlers position.

Additionally, an adjustable bed may help to significantly reduce the number of times you adjust your position in the middle of the night, which could help you get more consistent, restful sleep. And getting better sleep just makes everything in life better.

Craftmatic® Adjustable Beds equipped with optional heat and massage also may provide temporary relief from: • Low Back Pain • Minor Aches and Pains Due to Muscular Fatigue or Overexertion • Edema or Swelling of the Legs • Poor Local Blood Circulation of the Legs • Symptoms of Hiatus Hernia • Nighttime Heartburn • Symptoms of Gastric Reflux • The optional heating accessory provides temporary relief from Mild Arthritis and Joint Pain, as well as Muscle Pain Associated with Stress and Tension • Sleeping in an upright position may Reduce or Ease Light and Occasional Snoring

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