relieve arthritis with an adjustable bed

How to Relieve Arthritis with an Adjustable Bed

Arthritis and joint pain is a very common problem for many people. Approximately 350 million people worldwide experience some form of pain from it by the time they are 65. It is a chronic pain, that may become worse at times and better at others. Pain relievers can help to reduce it sometimes, but often you may need to make lifestyle changes assist your pain management.

Your doctor will likely talk to you about some of these changes. They may include tips and tricks for preventing flares or triggers. One of the main triggers to avoid is going to be poor sleep. At night, you need to be comfortable and avoid old mattresses that may cause pressure on your joints. Joint pain and all types of arthritis go hand in hand with insomnia, which has proven to escalate pain.

At Made to Last we understand that arthritis pain can negatively impact your enjoyment of everyday, simple pleasures. We strive to provide information and comfort to everyone who is suffering, by teaching them how to find relief from the pain. We can also help you discover how to help relieve arthritis pain with an adjustable bed.

Is Your Mattress Making Pain Worse?

According to arthritis.org, more than 80% of people with arthritis suffer from insomnia at times. You can lessen it by developing healthy sleep routines and doing all that you can to promote relaxation in the bedroom. Some things you can try may include:

  • Considering whether you have underlying issues beyond arthritis keeping you up at night. This often mean you need to see a sleep specialist for a sleep study.
  • A heating pad or a soothing bath can relax aches away if you enjoy it for approximately 15 minutes each night before bed. However, it is important that you avoid overheating or allow yourself a chance to cool off afterward.
  • To get started sleeping better you may have to focus first on staying more active during the day. Research has proven that we all rest better if we exercise even just a little each day.
  • Today, everything is technology based. If you want a more restful night’s sleep, you should consider turning off your television, smartphone, PC, etc. This will allow you to unwind and prepare for sleep naturally. It is important to do it consistently about an hour before bedtime.
  • Your doctor may be able to recommend medications or other things to help you get a restful night’s sleep.
  • If you still feel that you are missing out on a great night’s sleep, the problem could be your mattress and comfort level in bed.
King-size-adjustable-bed
King-size-adjustable-bed

Most people, if asked, would say that they want a mattress that is soft. We often feel that if it is soft enough to curve to our body, then it is providing support for aching bones. When you are suffering with pain, this is not always the right way to look at it. Admittedly, your mattress should conform to your curves, but you still need a layer of firmness underneath that cushion if you want to keep everything inline properly.

If you are unsure of how supportive your mattress truly is, you can rest on your side and have another person look at your spine. Do they see your spine as straight or is there a curve? Any curve in your spine, even a small one, means that you have added pressure on your spine, which can lead to increased pain.

Will an Adjustable Bed Truly Help?

At one time, adjustable beds were mostly found in hospitals. Now, anyone can have one in their home. The truth is, there are many reasons for people to have a bed that adjusts to meet their needs. Benefits of an adjustable bed include:

By choosing to have a bed that adjusts to meet your needs, you are going to be more comfortable during the night. You will also feel more well-rested and have fewer aches the next day.

How to Relieve Arthritis with an Adjustable Bed

Pain typically gets worse during the night because most beds keep us lying flat. Standard beds allow blood to rush to that area. More blood means more pressure. An adjustable bed can relieve pressure points by helping you fight against gravity while you sleep. Depending on the location of your pain, there are several things you can try.

Arthritis in the Upper Body

Your neck, shoulders, and upper back can all be affected by worsening pain during the night. The easiest and most natural way to get relief is to prop up that area. An adjustable bed can put your upper body into an inclined position so that you get a more restful night, without pain.

Adjustable bed with head incline for heartburn and acid reflux

This can also help you avoid rolling onto your stomach while you sleep, which can be brutal when you already deal with pain. You will also find pain relief if you choose a firmer mattress.

Arthritis in the Lower Body

Hips, knees, and all other joints can be affected by arthritis. The most frequent recommendation for comfort is pillows. Pillows under knees, between knees, under this hip, and more. The problem is, pillows move as you shift throughout the night. An adjustable bed will provide reduced stress on your joints without the pile of pillows. Fewer pillows will keep your body temperature from rising so you stay more comfortable.

Adjustable Bed with leg incline

In short, with an adjustable bed, the only heat you will feel while sleeping is going to be your heating pad. The only pillows you need will be the ones under your head. And, the only pain you will feel is knowing that you have to climb out of bed eventually.

Try the zero gravity position

An adjustable bed allows the user to place it in a zero gravity position which perfectly distributes the bodies weight so that no particular joint is more stressed than any other – this gives us the feeling of weightlessness or zero gravity.

Zero Gravity Position
Zero Gravity Position

The zero gravity position was first discovered by scientists at NASA when studying the impact of take off and landing in a spacecraft on the spines and bodies of their astronauts.

Buy With Confidence

Adjustable beds are a relatively new idea for home use. We understand that anything “new” may come with certain concerns. It is because of this that we strive to put all worries aside for the people who need it the most.

Our adjustable beds are designed with your health and also your interior style preferences in mind. All of our adjustable beds are available in a choice of 20 different fabric colours and also with your choice of 3 different mattresses (firm, medium or soft), you can also select to have a divan base with storage if you like.

King-size-adjustable-bed
King-size-adjustable-bed

 

For more general information about the other health benefits of adjustable beds please read 9 health benefits of sleeping on an adjustable bed.

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Sources:

https://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=23220

https://www.arthritis.org/living-with-arthritis/comorbidities/sleep-insomnia/sleep-tips-for-arthritis.php

https://www.arthritis.org/living-with-arthritis/pain-management/flares/arthritis-flare-triggers.php

https://www.arthritis-health.com/blog/9-ways-you-can-sleep-better-osteoarthritis

https://parkridgehealth.com/blog/entry/best-sleep-positions-for-joint-pain

Joel Chudleigh

Founder of MADE TO LAST. Very proud to be working with my Co-Founder Kinjal and our diverse range of amazing suppliers to create a retail site with a purpose. When not working I enjoy relaxing with family & friends as well as adventure sports - particularly bouldering, snowboarding & surfing as well as 5-a-side footie. Really interested in the environment and from this have been forced to learn more and get interested in politics and a bit of economics. Proud member of the Green Party.

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