The Buzz About Adjustable Bases

Memorial Day, the unofficial start of summer. Swimming pools open, women can wear white and men may don seersucker. Picnics and parades honor those who have died while serving in the U.S. military.

Memorial Day also signals the start of a new season, one that allows (or requires) us to arise from our long winter’s nap and go to work—in the yard or the garden, to get active, be productive, get outside and bask in the vitamin D-producing rays of the sun.

It’s good for body and soul. But bodies that have lain nearly dormant all winter need the rest and rejuvenation that only a good night’s sleep can provide, so they can meet the demands of the summer season.

Mattress King, along with many medical professionals, will tell you sleep is as important as diet and exercise to leading a healthy, productive life. If we don’t sleep well, we will suffer during our waking hours. We’re less mentally and physically sharp, more error-prone, and more subject to a litany of diseases and health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, obesity and hypertension.

Which brings us to the rise in popularity of the adjustable foundation, or, as we also refer to them at Mattress King, “zero-gravity bases.”

Adjustable bases allow you to raise or lower the head and foot of the bed using a remote control to find the sleeping position most comfortable for you. Zero gravity refers to that adjustment that puts the least load on your body’s pressure points, thereby affording you the sensation of being in a zero-gravity state.

Adjusting your mattress also means adjusting your neck and spine for optimal sleeping comfort, but an adjustable foundation’s benefits go beyond that.

Most snoring happens because the tongue falls into the back of the throat and partially blocks the windpipe. In the worst cases, that blockage can cause sleep apnea, a condition where the sleeper stops breathing for 10 to 30 seconds, and then resumes breathing with a gasp. Sleep apnea can occur several times a night.

Adjusting the head of the bed to open the windpipe can help reduce or alleviate snoring, as well as help alleviate the effects of some sleep apnea conditions.

For people suffering from back pain, the less stress on the back, the better. Adjustable foundations allow for better spinal alignment, which can help relieve stress on the sciatic nerve, which controls most of the brain’s communication with the limbs.

Elevating the foot of the bed can be particularly beneficial to people who work on their feet all day and, as a result, experience tired, sore or swollen feet or legs at night.

To accommodate nearly every sleep need and budget, Mattress King recommends and stocks several adjustable foundation models, all activated via remote control.

At Mattress King, your sleep health is our main concern. For chronic sleep problems, consult your physician. If you think your sleeping problem might be solved by sleeping on the proper mattress, please visit us this Memorial Day weekend, or any weekend. We all sleep. Why not sleep well?

Steve Plantz