9 Signs It's Time for a Mobility Bed
Mobility—sometimes called adjustable—beds can provide sleep and health assistance to people with a variety of issues or conditions.
Mobility beds allow for the head and/or feet to be raised, or the entire level of the bed to be lifted or lowered.
Here are nine health signs it might be time to consider one for you or your loved one.
When it becomes difficult to move around, every little bit helps. Some beds are too low to the floor to get out of comfortably; others are too high. A mobility bed can be set for the best height to get out of (and into). Also, the head can be raised, helping you sit up without added strain.
Having a mobility bed may allow your loved ones to remain in their home longer, which helps them remain healthier. Coupled with home health care and health aids like a security pole and curve grab bar, a mobility bed might be a wise investment.
Some chronic pain may be relieved by an adjustable bed. Good sleep is more likely with less pain. If you have chronic back pain, being able to raise the head and lower the feet, allowing you to sleep with a slight incline, might be the ticket. The adjustability may also provide relief from arthritis-related pain—the joints will be under less pressure and have more support.
Flat beds may not provide the back or spinal cord with necessary support. Adjustable beds allow positioning the torso at 45 degrees and raising and bending the legs. People with sciatica will also find their pain and discomfort alleviated with an adjustable bed.
Adjustable beds assist with many back issues. The pain and discomfort from osteoarthritis, spinal stenosis, and degenerative spondylolisthesis can all be alleviated while sleeping with the head raised.
If you have Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), you want your stomach contents to stay in your stomach and not in your esophagus. By sleeping on an incline, you’ll be able to help that happen.
Using extra pillows will not help in achieving the benefits of elevation. Extra pillows simply put greater pressure on your abdomen; it may also bend your spine inappropriately.
If your feet or legs swell regularly or have high blood pressure or diabetes, sleeping with your legs elevated slightly will reduce swelling, and, thus, aid your circulation. Adjustable beds can be used any time of day to help in this area.
Poor circulation is a sign of other health issues. It can be caused by peripheral heart disease, blood clots, varicose veins, diabetes, and obesity. While the adjustable bed won’t directly address those issues, it may be able to help alleviate the circulation problem. You can then take steps to deal with the other issues.
If you snore, you probably know it only because your sleeping partner has gently (or not so gently) told you. Elevating the head can help alleviate snoring by opening the airway and thus reducing the risk of snoring. It, therefore, will help alleviate some of the risks of sleep apnea, as well.
Sleep apnea affects 22 million Americans. Obstructive sleep apnea, in which the tongue and soft palate block the airway during sleep, interferes with rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. Lack of REM sleep means you’re not getting a good, deep sleep. Sleep apnea can lead to increased blood pressure and contribute to the risk of heart attacks.
This problem accompanies mobility issues. People who don’t get out of bed much may experience bed sores. An adjustable bed will help move the person’s body and thus alleviate pressure on the body parts where bed sores happen.
People with asthma will also benefit from the open airway sleeping on an incline produces. Fluids can also drain from the lungs, reducing congestion. If you are congested for any reason, a mobility bed will help.
Restless Leg Syndrome
Roughly 10% of people have restless leg syndrome, which can interfere with falling asleep or resting. RLS may be caused by a variety of conditions, and some changes in the way you sleep may improve the condition. Being able to lift the legs make help keep this condition under control.
As you consider care for yourself or a loved one, you want to make sure you take simple steps and use health care products which will fit your needs.
If you see one of these nine signs, you might want to consider a mobility bed. For additional safety, you can add a bed rail. The rail will also help you or your loved one to climb into and out of bed.
- Becky McDowell