After a long day at the workplace or attending household chores, you deserve a good rest. As such, a good bed comes in handy. If you’ve been into the market lately, you’ll realize that there are a wide range of beds, some being adjustable while others are non-adjustable. An adjustable bed has a combination of adjustable bases that can tilt your mattress to allow you to sleep in different positions. The bases can be raised or lowered independently to give you your desired sleeping position. Originally, adjustable beds were seen as exclusively for hospitals and clinics as they were used majorly to enhance the flow of blood and oxygen of patient to speed up their recovery from certain ailments or surgeries.
Adjustable bed manufacturers realized that even people who are in stable health wanted the comfort and convenience that the beds offer. As such, as from the 20th century, the beds gained remarkable popularity outside healthcare facilities and are now not a new thing in many homes. On the other hand, a non-adjustable one is static; it doesn’t offer the position versatility the adjustable ones provide.
If you compare the prices of the normal beds and the adjustable beds, you realize that the latter are pricier. Perhaps you are here because you wondering whether it is really worth to pay extra bucks for an adjustable bed, while you can have a conventional one at a lower price. Well, to help you make an informed decision, we are going to look at both the pros and cons of an adjustable bed.
Pros and cons an adjustable bed
1. Extra comfort
With a conventional bed, you might spend the better part of the night rolling back and forth as you try to find that sweet spot, especially when you are extremely tired/fatigued or have a disruptive sleep condition. Eating heavy meals and drinking too much caffeine just before bed might make you to struggle to find a comfortable sleeping position to fall asleep. Fortunately, this is a problem that you won’t experience if you have a good adjustable bed. You can adjust it to help you find and maintain the best comfortable sleeping position within with the touch of a button.
2. Pain relief
Sometimes, you might be experiencing some pain or aches from an injury, physical stress or ailment such as arthritis, spinal stenosis, osteoarthritis and frozen shoulders and falling asleep becomes a struggle when you are on an ordinary bed. In some cases, a conventional bed might escalate the pain or ache due to poor posture. In such a case, an adjustable bed can be very helpful. Besides giving you a comfortable sleeping position, an adjustable bed with a cyclo-therapy massage system can help to relieve the pain.
The technology offers vibration therapy and comprehensive massage which have been proven by medics to contribute to the relief of pains and aches. Some models even offer lumbar support, which is very helpful for people with lower back pain. Through pain and ache relief, the bed prepares your body and mind for sleep.
3. Offers desired posture for other activities
Apart from sleeping, you might want to spend more time in your bedroom sleeping, reading your favorite book, watching TV, breastfeeding, or eating from the comfort of your bed. With an ordinary bed, it’s difficult to achieve the right posture for the activity. On the other hand, with an adjustable bed, you’ll just incline it to your favorite ergonomic rest positions and do that which you want to do without straining.
If you have a bedmate/partner, sometimes you might find that their best sleeping angle isn’t ideal for you. Unfortunately, different-size pillows may not be of much help no matter how comfortable your conventional bed is. In such a case, an adjustable split-queen or split-king bed will be the ultimate solution. With the bed, you can move and adjust your bed area’s elevation and sleep in your desired posture without disturbing the other person you are sharing the bed with.
5. Minimal maintenance
Unlike other beds some of which require air pumping while others need regular water changes and some greasing, adjustable beds are low-maintenance. Once an adjustable bed is well assembled, mostly, that’s all… it is ready to carry you for years without any other maintenance whatsoever!
6. USB ports
Do you find yourself moving from your bed frequently to charge your phone or tablet? It’s quite inconveniencing, right? Do you want to do something about it without necessarily having to install a power socket near your bed or changing your bedroom’s arrangement? An adjustable bed with USB ports can be of great help. However, since charging convenience isn’t the primary aim of adjustable beds, some of them don’t come with the ports. Considering the ports are extra features, the beds bearing them are more expensive than those that don’t have. However, if you need the charging convenience, why mind paying a few bucks more?
Despite all the above benefits of adjustable beds, they have a few downsides as well. Here are the major drawbacks of the beds.
As earlier mentioned, adjustable beds are mostly more expensive than conventional beds. Those with extra features such as massagers and charging ports are the most expensive.
2. Higher breakdown risks
Due to the presence of motors to allow efficient movement of bed parts, adjustable beds, just like other electronics are susceptible to breakdowns. Fortunately, the breakdowns are highly likely to occur during the initial months of use, which are mostly covered by comprehensive warranties. Therefore, this may not translate to any loss on your side and you have little to worry about if the adjustable bed you buy has at least one year of comprehensive warranty.
3. Heavy weight
Adjustable beds, particularly the high-end ones are heavier than the ordinary ones. It’s not a wonder to get one weighing more than 100 pounds. The heavy weight is not only problematic while assembling the bed but also while moving it from one point to another.
4. Injury risk
If not handled properly, the moving parts of an adjustable bed can injure a person.
In the midst of the above cons, an adjustable bed is a worthy buy, particularly for people who need more comfortable sleeping posture with or without therapeutic massage benefit, and/or back/neck/shoulder pain relief. However, you need to be cautious while handling the bed to avoid injuries.