Most mattress shoppers assume that beds only come flat, but adjustable beds are becoming more and more prevalent in the sleep industry. Adjustable beds have a motorized, moveable base that can raise the head and foot of the mattress. There are a multitude of health benefits associated with sleeping on an adjustable bed: Alleviating lower back pain, reducing nighttime heart burn and acid reflux, reducing swelling of the legs and ankles, improving circulation, lessening the impact of respiratory problems like asthma, and much more.
Adjustable beds have several important features that make them as practical as they are comfortable.
Zero Gravity: This feature refers to the optimal body position for reducing the effect of gravity on a sleeper’s body. The setting, which is calculated using zero-gravity information from NASA, alleviates all pressure on the hips, legs, and shoulders.
Wall-hugger: When an adjustable bed raises at the head, the wall-hugger feature simultaneously moves the entire bed back toward the wall. This keeps the sleeper (or person lounging in bed) close to the nightstand.
Massage: Speed variable, leg and back, wave—there are a variety of massage features for adjustable beds. For most new bed shoppers, massage features are more nice to have than a necessity. Either way, it’s important to try the massage settings out before buying so you know exactly what to expect.
Wireless control: A perk of some adjustable beds is a wireless remote control. They are functional and easy to use (but easy to get lost in the bed if you’re not careful, too).
Choose Your Own Mattress
Because it’s the base of the bed that’s adjustable (the mattress foundation), adjustable beds give customers the opportunity to select their preferred mattress type and size. With Christeli, any Christeli mattress can be paired with an adjustable bed base. Regardless of the mattress brand or type, it needs to be high quality to withstand the flexing and movement of an adjustable bed.
DC Motors vs. AC Motors
In adjustable beds, DC motors tend to be quieter but have less lifting power. AC motors are the opposite: Slightly less quiet, but have more lifting power. Both draw power from a standard electric outlet and require very little electricity to run. The weight of the mattress and the people sleeping on the bed are important details to consider when deciding on what type of motor is best.
The warranty on an adjustable bed is more involved than warranties that cover a standard mattress because they cover motors and other moving parts. When shopping for an adjustable bed, it is important to select a bed with a warranty that protects the motor and other moving parts.