Who buys an adjustable bed?

When most people think about adjustable beds, they think about the elderly, and mobility; about being able to get in and out of them.

While those are certainly good reasons for switching to an adjustable bed, we have customers of all ages, with a variety of medical conditions.

For medical conditions

Adjustable beds are ideal for patients with a variety of medical conditions that mean you need to sleep upright, or with your head, upper body, or legs raised.

Back pain

Sleeping on a slope can ease chronic back pain by supporting the natural curve of the back. Sleeping with the knees slightly raised is even better. This position is even more beneficial for those who sleep on their sides.

Spine-Health.com suggests the following sleeping positions for different back problems:

  • Osteoarthritis: head and knees elevated;

  • Degenerative disk disease: Head slightly elevated and knees supported slightly bent;

  • Spinal Stenosis: foetal position or head and knees elevated;

  • Bursitis: Soft mattress or pillow top to relieve pressure on nerve;
  • Isthmic spondylolisthesis: reclining position;
  • Herniated lumbar disc: foetal position or on stomach depending on location of herniated disk;

Sleep apnoea, snoring, and breathing problems

While snoring can be a nightmare for a sufferer's partner - or anyone else trying to sleep in the vicinity - obstructive sleep apnoea is much more detrimental to the snorer’s health.

Sleeping with the head elevated to thirty degrees or more has been advised to reduce sleep apnoea and increase oxygen saturation in the blood, with at least one study showing that even elevating the head of the bed by as little as 7.5 degrees can reduce sleep apnoea.

Other breathing conditions such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) also benefit from even minimal head-of-bed-elevation, which helps keep the airways open.

Acid reflux and heartburn

If you suffer with acid reflux or heartburn, particularly at night, you need to get gravity on your side to prevent stomach acid burning your oesophagus and return any escaped leakage safely to your stomach quickly.

Left side sleeping with the upper body elevated six to ten inches is advised for maximum relief. Sleeping with extra pillows alone won’t help, it only raises the head, and can cause additional neck and back tension, leading to further problems.

Leg swelling

While most people may benefit from sleeping with a raised head, for others, it’s their legs that are the problem.

Poor circulation, sitting or standing in one position for too long, pregnancy, medications, poor diet, lack of exercise, and other lifestyle factors can all cause fluid retention or oedema.

Broken bones, varicose veins, deep vein thrombosis and thrombophlebitis or congestive heart failure can all cause acute or chronic inflammation in the legs and ankles.

All of these are aided by sleeping with the legs elevated, and the knees supported in a slightly bent position.

Arthritis & Chronic pain

Arthritis means swollen, stiff, and painful joints.

No amount of pillow shuffling and wedging will ever give you the same relief as a fully adjustable bed, so that you can tweak your sleeping position for maximum, personalized relief, and save it as a pre-set to make getting off to sleep every night--and staying that way--much easier.


Fibromyalgia sufferers often have trouble sleeping due to their constant pain. The resultant insomnia leads to fibro fog, and increased pain the next day. And when they do finally get to sleep, they get hit with the double whammy, more pain from staying in one position too long.

Suggested sleeping positions range from the foetal position, to lying on your stomach, to lying with head and/or feet elevated. But unlike most other conditions, fibro warriors might need to change positions several times a night to ward off stiffness and to relieve competing painful joints and nerves.

Enter the adjustable bed, that allows you to achieve all this with a remote handset, while leaving your partner undisturbed in their preferred sleeping position, and with the option to rearrange the firmness of the mattress in different positions to alleviate pressure in specific regions, and an Abberley adjustable bed may just be the perfect solution.

Retaining Independence

Most medical conditions that benefit from an adjustable bed are painful and annoying, but - with a solid treatment plan - manageable.

They interfere with your quality of life to varying degrees. But for elderly or infirm patients, those with multiple sclerosis or muscular dystrophy, or other degenerative diseases that result in long periods of bed rest, an adjustable bed isn’t just a benefit, it’s a basic need.

For those with limited mobility, being able to get in and out of bed without assistance can extend their independence.

For those who are bed bound, being able to adjust their own position using a handset gives them more control over their own comfort. And our adjustable pods make it easier to relieve pressure from specific points and reduce or help heal bed sores.

Enhanced Lifestyle

As you can see, there are a wide range of medical conditions that can be alleviated by sleeping in an adjustable bed. But you don’t have to have a medical reason to use one.

In our un-tethered world, more and more people spend an increasing amount of time sitting up in bed, working on laptops, reading, or watching television.

If you like to lounge in your bedroom, an adjustable bed may be a luxury item that improves your enjoyment of your life, or it may be a safeguard against posture problems creeping in later.

So, whether you have a medical condition that requires you to sleep with head, feet, or both elevated, you want to retain your independence or regain it, or you just want the luxury of an adjustable bed in your den, an Abberley adjustable bed may be the best investment you ever make in your health and wellbeing.