Get A Good Night’s Sleep: What Seniors Should Look For In A Bed
Your bed is the most crucial piece of furniture you own as far as support is concerned, purely and simply because you spend more time in or on it than you do any other piece of furniture in your house. You should also bear in mind that your body relaxes into your bed every night because you have no control of it when you are asleep. If it does not support you correctly then it can actually leave you with more aches and pains than you had before sleep.
Everybody knows that a bed is made up of two components – the mattress and the base. In order to provide you with the support your body needs, the two must work in complete harmony. Believe it or not, this effect is more difficult to achieve than it sounds. If the base is supportive, the mattress may be too soft. If the mattress is of just the right firmness than it is likely that your base will let it down by not supporting it enough to distribute your weight effectively.
The most common ailments that a bed has to contend with are arthritis and bad backs. Both are caused by the strain put on the joints over an extended period of time. Both can also be extremely painful but the right bed can alleviate the pain because it effectively distributes your weight evenly, meaning that your body is not experiencing more weight in certain places than others.
Too often your back will take the brunt of any uneven weight distribution, and this can result in a worsening of your condition. Anyone who has ever experienced back pain will know what it is like to wake up in more pain than you had the previous night and will also advise you to avoid it at any cost!
A mattress that is too firm will leave your uncomfortable, even if it does help to ease the strain on joints. A mattress that is too soft, on the other hand, will make you extremely comfortable but will leave you feeling like a truck has hit you in your sleep. This type of mattress can also do more harm than good and so are best avoided. You must purchase a mattress that is perfectly placed in the middle of the firm/soft equation to feel the benefit.
The base of a bed is of equal importance. However, it may be more difficult when it comes to choosing a base. At least most furniture stores display firmness scales when you visit, thus making it easier to choose a mattress. They have no such scale for bases. You are pretty much left to make your own choice for better or worse.
Seniors should generally choose a divan bed – the kind of bed that has no frame and just looks like two boxes pushed together. Metal and wooden frames can bend and break. They also have no middle and so do not allow for even weight distribution. Divan beds fully support the weight of both you and the mattress, thus easing aches and pains in the long term.