As we age our body goes through many changes. Part of it is just the natural process of aging. Other consequences stem from the things we do during our younger years. One example of natural aging and living a full life in your younger years is likely poor circulation. Proper blood circulation is required for your body’s health. If your blood doesn’t flow freely, you could experience a variety of problems from edema and numbness in your feet to dizzy spells and then potentially more serious issues.
There are various ways to improve your blood circulation which we will discuss briefly below but this post is chiefly about how to use an adjustable bed to improve your blood circulation.
Blood Circulation Basics
Oxygen enriched blood flows through veins or coronary arteries to carry vital nutrients to every part of you. As we live our lives plaque (cholesterol) can build up inside of our coronary arteries and veins. When this happens, less blood will flow freely to our extremities and to our heart. Depending on the severity of the cholesterol build up, this can cause a variety of symptoms that will range from cold feet and hands to chest pain.
Long before you reach the chest pain stage, you will likely have a variety of other symptoms. Some may be overlooked, but others will be harder to ignore. The first signs of a problem may include:
- Tingling or the Sensation of “Asleep”
- Cold Feet and Hands
- Cramps During Activity or Rest
- Swelling (Edema)
- Discoloration On Feet or Toes
- Less Hair Growth on Legs/Arms
- Varicose Veins in Your Legs
- Frequent Digestive Issues (constipation, stomach pain, etc.)
If you have felt any of these things on a consistent basis, you need to speak with your doctor about your circulation. Your doctor will want to know if you meet any of the potential risk factors, which indicate that there is a hidden danger for your health.
The most common risk factors are:
- Your Age
- Inactive Lifestyle
- High Cholesterol
- High Blood Pressure
- and a Family History of Heart Disease
One study followed a group of 44,985 men over 24 years. It showed that 537 of them had developed doctor diagnosed PAD (Peripheral Artery Disease). PAD is defined as poor blood circulation. Each one had also developed one of the four major risk factors. They were either smokers, had diabetes, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol.
Unless you want to become another statistic, it is important that you start trying to improve your circulation. You will likely need to make several lifestyle changes and work alongside your doctor to gain control of your other health concerns. For instance, elevating your legs as little as 15-30 cm (6-12 inches) inches can lessen cramping or restless leg syndrome because you are improving your circulation. It can be done with a few pillows, but a common practice in hospitals and more commonly nowadays in homes too is the adjustable bed.
Improving Your Blood Circulation
When you have poor circulation, it can lead to real problems if not taken care of. Even just colder hands or cramping in your lower legs or hands will ensure that you do not enjoy life as much as you want to. Just remember, it does not start overnight, though it may seem like it when you discover the problem. It will not be cured overnight either.
You have to make some lifestyle changes in order to improve your blood circulation. Here are a few things you can do, along with seeking your doctor’s help.
Stop Smoking. This is perhaps one of the hardest parts of taking control of your health. It is a lifestyle change that should be done for your overall health, not just to improve your heart and circulatory health. When you smoke, your veins become harder.
Get Active. You do not have to run a marathon if you want to improve your blood circulation. You simply need to try to be more active. At first, because poor circulation causes cramping during activity, it may not be comfortable. You should push through it and make daily exercise an important part of your routine so you need to find something that you enjoy doing. Start simply – e.g. Take a walk around your neighbourhood every evening. Walk up the flight of steps at work rather than taking the lift. Do simple things to stay active. If you work at a desk, even moving around for a few minutes every thirty minutes can relieve edema.
Eat Healthier. Part of your circulatory issues will stem from high cholesterol or high blood pressure. You can help yourself by eating the right foods – eat lots of vegetables ad fruits and limit alcohol consumption.
Compress and Elevate. Compression socks can prevent fluids from collecting in your feet and hands. This can reduce cramping and edema. Elevation can do the same, but in a different way By elevating your feet, blood and water will not be able to sit in those areas. It will keep your lower legs from cramping and reduce swelling. You always have the option to use pillows to get elevation, but of course we recommend using an adjustable bed to more effectively achieve the elevation you need.
Improve Your Blood Circulation with an Adjustable Bed
By relaxing at night with your adjustable bed in the zero-gravity position, heads and legs both elevated, more blood flow will reach your heart. This will encourage your heart muscle to pump harder and allow more blood to reach your extremities. It can even help your veins become more able to contract the way they should so that you feel less discomfort during the day when you are more active.
For more information on using an adjustable bed in the zero gravity position click here.
When you sleep in an inclined position, your entire body will thank you. You will notice improved digestion, fewer nights with heartburn or acid reflux, and a more restful night’s sleep. Most people also note that sciatica pain is reduced, because you are less likely to shift your position during the night. Best of all, with adjustable beds, you will not have to worry about kicking the stack of pillows out of the way.
Often with poor blood circulation it is the legs that become a problem at night because the distance the heart has to pump the blood is so great. In order to help the blood flow freely it is a good idea to raise your feet a few inches/cm so that gravity allows the blood to flow back to your heart from your feet more easily.
The MiBed adjustable beds at Made to Last are high-quality beds that are affordable and maximize your comfort. They are fully adjustable with a remote control so that you can easily discover your most comfortable sleep position. Your partner will also be able to customize their sleep experience.
If you would like more information, our team will be happy to talk to you. We can tell you how an adjustable bed can help you achieve a better night’s sleep. A sleep that will improve not only your health but your cardiovascular health. We have an extensive selection of fully customized beds to help you feel more comfortable during your days. Why not take your health and comfort back?
For more general information about the other health benefits of adjustable beds please read 9 health benefits of sleeping on an adjustable bed.