Weightlessness – The secret to a great night’s sleep

We all know and appreciate the feeling of having had a great night’s sleep – We feel lighter and more energised, fully prepared to make the most of the day ahead.

Sleeping well means we wake up pain free and feeling completely refreshed and helps to prevent ill health.

Unfortunately many of us, for varying reasons, struggle to achieve a solid night’s sleep every night.

This can be due to pain and discomfort related to health issues, insomnia or stress to name a few common causes.

One solution to a great night’s sleep was actually discovered by scientists at NASA and then has been implemented in modern hospital beds for a number of years.

Whilst  studying the impact of take off and landing in a spacecraft on the spines and bodies of their astronauts, NASA found that by perfectly distributing the bodies weight so that no particular joint is more stressed than any other we gain a feeling of weightlessness or zero gravity.

This technology was then adopted in hospital beds to help patients suffering discomfort to get better rest.

Now the same technology is available to all of us in the form of adjustable beds.

This diagram shows the zero gravity position:

This will vary slightly for each person and also for side sleepers you will likely want to have a smaller incline – but for all users adjustable beds can be controlled to achieve a feeling of weightlessness and this helps us to sleep most effectively.

Adjustable beds have a remote control that allow the user to adjust key pivot points of the body’s joints –  ankles, knees, hips, back and neck.

Also important for quality sleep is the mattress tension.

All of the adjustable beds at Made to Last come with a choice of soft, medium and firm mattresses – and for couples we can easily provide mattresses of different firmness so that you can get exactly what is best for each of you.

When selecting a mattress you need to consider things such as whether you sleep on your front, back or side as well as your general health and in all cases your spine health. Those sleeping on their back or front may benefit from a firmer mattress whereas those who sleep on their side could benefit from a medium or softer mattress.

But aside from position the most important consideration is which type of mattress / bed best supports your spine – when sleeping you should not feel pressure on your spine – If you do then you may be sleeping in the wrong type of bed for you.

Those not experiencing any back pain, will generally find that a firm mattress is more comfortable. When we sleep on a firmer surface, the bones absorb the majority of the pressure, this means that there is less stress on our muscles, veins and arteries, and circulation is improved.

A firm mattress also supports your lower back and prevents it from sagging down, this allows greater oxygen intake while sleeping. Less sagging also means the weight of the body is distributed evenly, which means no one part of the body is carrying too much of your weight.

If you suffer from joint pain such as arthritis then a soft mattress may be far more suitable for you.

Likewise, if you suffer from any back pain then a medium or soft mattress may suit you best – especially if you like to sleep on your side.

All of Made to Last’s adjustable beds have the option of a massage function too which can really help those of us who struggle with falling asleep.

All of the adjustable beds on Made to Last are available VAT free for people with disabilities or a chronic illness. More info here

For more information on adjustable beds please click here

Claim an exclusive Silversurfers 10% discount using code SSAB10 on the checkout page on Made to Last’s website.

You can also call and speak to a customer services person for advice on 01223 967901.


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