Getting deep, restful sleep each night is imperative to our overall wellness, but how do you ensure you’re completely set up for max rest success? One thing you can do is get an adjustable bed. There are many benefits of sleeping on an incline, as making that adjustment to your sleeping position may help with a manner of conditions and issues.
Deep, Restorative, REM Sleep
Stage 3, deep REM sleep is the time during which the body recovers from the activities of the previous day. When you are sleeping on a completely flat surface, that restorative sleep might not be quite as effective, particularly if you deal with certain health conditions. The CDC estimates that 1 in 3 Americans is not getting enough sleep, and this could potentially be due to inability to achieve that important REM sleep. Sleeping in an adjustable bed may potentially help sleepers get more productive, regenerative sleep at night.
Bye Bye, Reflux
According to the American College of Gastroenterology, an estimated 60 million Americans experience acid reflux at least once per month, and 15 million people experience it daily. This terribly uncomfortable burning sensation often intensifies when you lie down. Since the symptoms of acid reflux, also referred to as heartburn, can get worse when you’re lying flat, propping up can potentially help affected individuals minimize the symptoms. In an adjustable bed like the ones in the Flexabed line, it’s incredibly easy to raise the head of the bed so you’re at an incline.
Many people also struggle with different respiratory disorders such as sleep apnea, which are typically affected by gravity. Theoretically, elevating the upper body can help to reduce symptoms and consequently improve sleep. Sleep apnea, snoring, and even post nasal drip can all seem like minor issues, but they can actually take a significant toll on the quality of your sleep, and each of these issues could potentially be improved by sleeping at an incline in an adjustable bed.
Another great benefit of an adjustable bed is the potential to stimulate healthy blood circulation. You can actually position your bed base to put you in a zero-gravity position with both the head and legs elevated. This position enables more blood flow to the heart, and can also help allow veins to contract more effectively. This elevation can also help combat the appearance of varicose veins by supporting more even blood throughout the body. For this reason, an adjustable bed is also a great option for people with heart conditions. Sleeping at an incline means more blood can reach the heart promoting better circulation overall.
According to a study by the National Institute of Health, the process the brain uses to detoxify itself during sleep improves when the body is elevated even as little as just five degrees. This study showed that the glymphatic system functions more effectively when a person sleeps in an inclined position. The glymphatic system removes toxins from cerebrospinal fluid, the substance that surrounds and nourishes the brain. It is believed that sleeping in an inclined position can extend the amount of time spent in deep, REM sleep, therefore allowing the glymphatic system more time to remove those toxins.
Find all the benefits of sleeping on an incline with Flexabed. When you find the right bed for you, you will be set up for sleep success, and you’ll love the extreme comfort and convenience only Flexabed can provide as well. Shop our line of luxury adjustable beds today!