If you've had a recent visit to the hospital, an adjustable bed base can make your return home easier, especially if you're having trouble getting a good night's rest in a traditional bed. After spending time in the hospital, you may not realize how much that adjustable hospital bed helps when it comes to the recovery process, and springing for an adjustable bed at home can aid in your effort to get better and get a better night's sleep.
First, it's important to consider what your requirements are after that stay in the hospital. If you had surgery or another type of procedure, an adjustable base frame will give you the support you need to rest and heal from your hospital stay.
Unlike a typical bed, an adjustable bed can raise your torso and your legs, and sometimes the entire platform itself, so that you can find the ideal position for your comfort and needs. Otherwise, you'd need to use a mountain of unsupportive pillows to find the ideal angle, and that could lead to sore spots and other problems, especially as a more long-term solution.
Do doctors recommend adjustable beds? While we can’t speak for every doctor and you should always make decisions with the help of a medical professional, there are many things that doctors recommend that relate to adjustable beds.
For example, you often leave the hospital told to elevate your head, or elevate your feet. And an adjustable bed after an injury can do just that. You’re told to move so you don’t get bedsores. So, while we can’t say every doctor recommends it, the best adjustable bed frames are a good tool in your recovery arsenal.
Here are some more reasons to dump that flat bed for an adjustable bed.
With an adjustable bed, you'll be able to raise your legs higher than your torso with just the push of a button, which can optimize blood flow throughout your body better than if you were laying flat. If you need to be in bed for long stretches of time, raising your legs prevents swelling and water retention in the lower extremities, and that can mean the difference between optimizing your circulation and having a circulation issue sneak up on you.
In addition to managing your circulation, an adjustable bed also means that you'll be able to find the right position -- no matter what's bugging you.
With the variety of sleeping and resting positions at your disposal with an adjustable bed, it's easy to find the right position at any time of day or night, and that'll mean getting better rest and reducing your recovery time after you get out of the hospital. In fact, many patients like adjustable beds so much that they never go back to a normal bed after using one.
Depending on your surgery or injury, you may find it difficult to stand or sit for long periods of time. Furthermore, it may be difficult to get out of bed and back in again with a traditional bed that doesn't provide any assistance or support. But with a high quality adjustable bed, you'll be able to get in and out of bed with ease without relying on family members to lend you a helping hand.
You can even have the independence of being able to sleep in the same bed as your partner without needing them to adjust to your bed position. In an adjustable split king mattress, for instance, both sides of the bed can adjust in different ways, so you’re both comfortable.
You’ll need an adjustable mattress for your adjustable bed frame anyway, so it makes sense to get a split mattress. (We should also note that while there are many mattress brands that can work with adjustable bed frames, hybrid mattresses like the Gel Memory Foam mattress offer a host of therapeutic benefits as well.)
For those that are trying to recover after a stay in the hospital, an adjustable bed can help reduce the kind of swelling associated with immobility. By raising your legs above your heart, you'll be able to prevent circulation issues that can lead to swelling, as well as minimizing those aches and pains that may develop from sleeping on a flatbed.
Many adjustable beds also have a massage feature that can help to reduce swelling in your legs, backside, and arms. With built-in massage you’ll get reduced swelling from head to foot.
Enhance Your Breathing
After spending some time in the hospital, it can be quite the shock to return to your traditional flat bed for an extended period of time. Additionally, if you're having trouble breathing on your back, piling up a bunch of pillows can lead to bedsores and back issues because you won't be getting the support you need.
With an adjustable bed, you can raise your torso to the ideal position, opening your airways and enhancing your breathing while you work through your recovery period. An adjustable bed is also ideal to help ease the symptoms of snoring, sleep apnea (so it’s anti-snoring) and other nighttime sleeping issues.
Reduce Pressure on Your Back
When you lie flat on your back, you could be exacerbating the exact issues that brought you to the hospital in the first place. That's because lying on your back can create undue strain on your neck and shoulders -- all the way down to your lower back. It's why so many people report feeling sore and unrested even after a night's sleep.
With an adjustable bed, you'll be able to design the perfect posture for the comfort and support that you need, which can help you minimize and avoid those common back problems that could prevent you from getting the rest that will help you recover.
Fall Asleep Faster
Some people are able to fall asleep as soon as their head hits the pillow. But if you're recovering from some kind of injury, you'll need all the help you can get to maximize the quality of your sleep and get the most out of your rest.
On an adjustable bed, you can dial in the perfect position or try your bed's "zero gravity" setting to reduce the strain on your legs and lower back. After you fall asleep, you'll wake up feeling refreshed and ready to take on the day.
Enjoy the Day
Spending all day in bed isn't quite what anyone has in mind when they think about enjoying the day. However, an adjustable bed can allow you to enjoy the day without needing to get out of bed.
Watch TV or use your laptop while sitting up in bed without missing a beat, and the different positions make it easy to settle in for sleep or to sit up for guests or your favorite show on TV at a moment's notice.
Even reading a nice book is an enjoyable experience in an adjustable bed since you can find the right position without fumbling with all those pillows and trying to create support that's never quite good enough.
Get a Great Night's Sleep
Everyone knows that a good night's sleep is an essential component of being healthy and getting the most out of each day. But when the quality of your sleep is poor, you could wake up feeling even worse than you did the night before, and that's no way to go about recovery from a stay in the hospital.
With an adjustable bed, you can set your bed to the ideal comfort position, avoiding those nagging aches and pains that can keep you up and affect your long-term recovery. And with better sleep, you'll improve your recovery and increase the chances that you can get back to your normal life.
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