“Are you tired, rundown, listless? Do you poop out at parties? Are you unpopular? The answer to all your problems is in this little bottle, Vitameatavegamin.”
Lucille Ball’s character in I Love Lucy was pitching a cure all for your ailments but she may have been promoting the wrong product. A good night’s sleep may be just the remedy you need.
Adjustable bases have become a must-have for many people — young and old, gay and straight — seeking to get a better night’s sleep. Usually when people think of a mechanical alternative to a set of box springs, they think of a sling, err I mean a hospital bed. Today’s power-driven devices do so much more than move your head up and down so you can take your medicine. (No pun intended.)
Arya Nick Shamie, MD, associate professor of orthopedic surgery and neurosurgery at Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center, suggested adjustable beds for people with hip or back pain who have a hard time moving from a lying position to sitting up or standing.
For people who have difficulty getting in and out of bed or who like to watch television in bed, Shamie says, adjustables can make life easier by moving you closer to where you need to be.
If you suffer from sleep apnea, sleeping flat can make the condition worse by cutting off airways and causing the tongue to fall into the back of the throat, Shamie says. People who experience acid reflux can also benefit by sleeping in a bed that elevates their upper body.
Besides the health benefits, people are purchasing adjustable bases for a host of other reasons.
“The main reason is they feel amazing and make life more enjoyable. Whether someone loves to read, eat in bed, watch TV or play with their kids, the lifestyle base is a game changer. Also if you are feeling sick, this is perfect to sit yourself up to take medicine, eat soup and breathe easier instead of fussing with pillows,” says Marcus Gill, manager at Mattress Firm’s Oak Forest store in Houston.
Besides reducing the effects of snoring, sleeping with an adjustable base has other sleep benefits.
“Acid re-flux and heart burn symptoms are lessened. It improves the digestion system because when you are laying flat it doesn’t properly digest your food; it hinders the body for processing your food. An adjustable base can lift your head up about six inches to achieve the healthiest digestion, which will allow you to sleep better and wake up healthier. It also enhances circulation, relieves arthritis, helps reduce leg swelling, and enhances your overall health,” says Kentonya Mastari, assistant manager at Mattress Firm in Oak Forest.
When it comes to cost, buying a conventional box spring can run about $200 to $500 and need replacing every few years, but the adjustable base, starting at about $499, is an investment that lasts about eight to ten years. Mattress Firm currently is running a Memorial Day special that includes a free adjustable base with a minimum purchase. Mattress 1 and Ashley Furniture frequently have similar promotions.
Blah, blah, blah. What everyone wants to know is what an adjustable base will do for their sex life, for those of you lucky enough to have one, that is.
“It (adjustable base) is a plus. It offers a variety of support for intimate positions that will not put your back at risk. Particularly cowgirl and reverse cowgirl because the person on their back can have total back support,” relays Gill.
Mastari adds, “Well, it definitely enhances the sexual possibilities by altering the bed shape when trying a different position that doesn’t hurt you or your partner’s back.”
Some models feature a massage feature along with under bed lighting, lumbar support, and electrical and USB ports built right into the foundation.
While the benefits of an adjustable base are many, there are a few drawbacks.
“You have to be careful moving them. They are very heavy and sturdy and the legs must be removed and the bases wrapped carefully when moving to another residence,” Gill says.
Another disadvantage is consumers become spoiled. Sleeping flat on a mattress in a five-star hotel will never be the same. The Ritz-Carlton and the Four Seasons would be hard-pressed to match the luxury one gets from an adjustable base in your very own bedroom.