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If shopping for a new bed makes you feel like Goldilocks, with this one being too hard, and that one being too tall, you might want to consider choosing a more adjustable option.
Thinking of bulky handrails and a sterile frame on wheels? Not so fast. No longer reserved for hospitals and elderly sleepers, modern adjustable beds are built for anyone, even those with the most discriminating of tastes, and are designed to blend seamlessly into a bedroom when flat. No one even has to know.
Believe it or not, adjustable beds are one of the latest trends in America’s pursuit of deep, restful sleep. And according to the International Sleep Products Association, adjustable beds is one of the fastest growing segments in bedding.
There are both adjustable frames and adjustable mattresses. And as the name suggests, they let you control settings that adjust to your comfort level. Here’s how that breaks down:
Adjustable frames: Typically, these beds have a motorized base that moves into different positions by raising or lowering the head and feet. They can also include features like built-in massagers, lighting and speakers. Some are even “smart” and come equipped with sleep monitoring tech, voice commands and more.
Adjustable mattresses: These mattresses allow you to change their support level or even their configurations to your comfort level in the moment. Some house inner air chambers or interchangeable springs and others use differently configured foam layers that may include a mix of foams, latex or gel.
Adjustable frames or bases that go under the mattress options may work off a remote control, or manually, and many king sizes are “split” so you and your partner can adjust your sides independently – no negotiating needed.
Enjoy reading or a cup of chamomile tea before you catch those 40 winks? With an adjustable frame, the touch of a button essentially transforms your bed into your favorite recliner. Looking for that weightless feel? Elevating both feet and head for the “zero gravity” effect can be enormously relaxing. And some experts believe adjustable options can help with a host of health issues, like snoring, or swollen legs and feet. Some beds even offer lumbar support. For those who have trouble getting in and out, there’s nothing like a bed that moves up and down.
There are a lot of options and pricepoints to choose from; adjustable models can range from the hundreds to the thousands of dollars. You’ll want to make sure you find the one that’s “just right.” Before you take the plunge, make sure the mattress you have or the one you are buying is compatible with an adjustable foundation. If you’re not sure, ask a customer service team member. Some mattresses are designed to go specifically with a paired boxspring. So, do your homework or check your warranty to see if that impacts your buying choice.
At the end of the day, you want a bed that gives you a lift. And it could be that an adjustable bed or mattress does just the trick.Having trouble sleeping? Learn why it may be time for an adjustable bed from @BetterSleepOrg.
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