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The Excellent Benefits of an Electric Bed

19 October 2022

It’s easy to see electric beds as merely extravagant forms of comfort - or equipment you might find in hospitals - but the truth is their benefits go much further and using them can make an enormous difference in your life.

Electric beds have come a long way in a relatively short period. Once considered the bedding of the sick or elderly, they have emerged as a genuine option for people who suffer from a wide variety of ailments, from musculoskeletal disorders to insomnia.

Here are six excellent benefits that come with using an electric bed.

1. Improve your sleep

With roughly 30% of people in the UK suffering from insomnia or other sleep disorders, any help that’s on offer is usually gratefully received. Insomnia can be caused by numerous reasons, including stress, anxiety, depression, physical pain and much more, but one commonly overlooked is simply discomfort.

No doubt everybody reading this has tossed and turned through the night at some point, unable to sleep and counting down the minutes before it’s time to get up. But discomfort is not something we need to accept. The Adjustable Bed Base from FlexiSpot allows the user to raise and lower the bed head from 0 to 60 degrees, meaning whichever angle is best for you, you can find it and fix it in.

2. Helps with circulation and pain relief

For those suffering from poor circulation or joint pain, sleeping can often exacerbate the problem. We often sleep in positions that put extra pressure on different parts of our body, but with an electric bed, it’s easy to remedy this.

If poor circulation is your issue, experts recommend elevating the headrest forty-five degrees or slightly lifting your legs a few inches above your heart. This allows for better blood flow to and from the heart.

For those experiencing back problems or arthritis, electric beds can be a godsend by allowing you to personalise your sleeping positions and reducing the pressure on certain painful areas as much as possible.

3. Aids the digestion process    

Lying flat on your back has been shown to slow or even impede the digestion process, which is why many wake up with stomach issues during the night. If you suffer from acid reflux or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), then this situation could be made even worse and it’s recommended you shouldn’t lie down for at least 3 hours after eating.  

An electric bed allows you to raise the headrest the required six inches or so to help your food move quickly and efficiently through your body.

4. Helps with sleep apnea, snoring and asthma

Another negative about lying flat is that it tends to lead to snoring and even sleep apnea, which is where the breathing starts and stops while asleep and can lead to what is called obstructive sleep apnea which is categorised by the repetitive collapse of the upper airway during sleep.

While snoring is often little more than an irritant for anybody close by, obstructive sleep apnea is a serious condition that can lead to significant health problems, such as high blood pressure, increased risk of strokes, depression and mood changes.

Using an electric bed means that the headrest can be raised slightly which means less pressure on the windpipe and allows you to sleep in an angled position that enhances airflow and opens nasal pathways.  

5. Increased Independence

As people get older or experience more complex health issues, many fear diminishing independence because of health issues. Simple jobs like going to the shops, cooking, cleaning and even getting out of bed can suddenly morph into herculean tasks that can leave people shattered.

A loss of independence is difficult for anybody to take, and while an electric bed can’t help with shopping, it can certainly assist with getting in and out of bed. Using it to raise and lower the headrest means that what could become a difficult and even painful procedure remains painless and relatively straightforward.

6. Dual convenience   

Finding the right kind of bed to suit both you and your partner can at times be tricky - if not impossible. More often than not, one of you will have to make a sacrifice to accommodate the other, but not with an electric bed.

With FlexiSpot’s Adjustable Bed Base it’s possible to use two twin XL mattresses to create a Split King Bed that allows both sides to operate independently when it comes to their headrest heights. There’s no longer any need to compromise, it’s possible to have the best of both worlds where everybody is kept happy.  

The Bottom Line

Electric beds are no longer only for the elderly or infirmed and if you suffer from any of the conditions mentioned here, purchasing one might be exactly what you need to completely transform how you sleep.

In the 21st Century, we shouldn’t have to tolerate poor beds. The wide use of electric beds is certainly going to be the future, so stay one step ahead and get your FlexiSpot electric bed frame today.