Why a Waterbed?
Why a waterbed?
Many people prefer waterbeds because they have a nearly
perfect, very comfortable sleeping surface at an affordable price. The
most important factor to consider when buying a waterbed is comfort, durability
and strength. Modern technology has been applied to today's waterbeds.
If you are in the market to buy a waterbed, you should get the best quality
possible with many layers of fiber. It might cost more, but when you
choose a high quality waterbed, you're not only getting the best in comfort -
you're getting the healthiest support available for your body. You are
also spending a third of your life in bed; the mind and body rejuvenating third.
If you have never had the opportunity to try out a waterbed, you may well be
wondering what all the fuss is about. Water beds came into existence for medical
reasons. It was found that they provided an effective way of supporting the body
weight more evenly for burn patients and patients with bedsores in hospitals.
Then came the 1960s -- a time when people were looking for high levels of
comfort and happiness. Many people, and not just the followers of flower power,
were experimenting in many ways to increase leisure and levels of enjoyment --
it was big business after all. The waterbed was just one of those ways of
providing fun. But then, as more people outside the environment of a hospital
came across and used waterbeds, more people, to their surprise, got to experience relief from
their actual physical and mental ailments and problems, be they stress or
What are the risks of a waterbed?
It is natural to assume, because of the very nature of a waterbed, that using
one is going to be slightly risky. After all, keeping a large plastic vessel
filled with water in our bedrooms is not normally something you'd recommend. In
this case however, it's far safer than you would think. Even a violent puncture
with a sharp instrument will not lead to an external leak outside of the frame, as all waterbeds have a built
in vinyl safety liner which captures any leaks within the liner. The water stays
captive within the plastic and holes can be easily repaired using vinyl repair kits. Waterbeds are, in fact, constructed so that
they are free from any internal pressure. This means that you could open the
'fill valve' and sit on the waterbed, and still no water would escape unless
there was a violent movement. The motion of a waterbed can be regulated by the quantity
or number of layers of fiber that is
integrated in the water mattress.
The other main worry that tends to come to mind is the amount of weight a
waterbed might be putting onto your bedroom floor. Weight is rarely, if ever, a
problem. The weight of the water is spread evenly over the floor. A good
analogy might be that it is roughly equivalent to ten people laying side by side
on your bedroom floor. The last thing that would probably cross your mind
is the worry of someone falling through the floor! Or, you wouldn't worry
about seating ten people around a dining room table even though they are sitting
on four legged chairs.
The final thing worth noting is that a waterbed is not like a fish-tank - you do
not have to clean it out every week! The only maintenance a waterbed requires is
the addition of a special water conditioner every six months to help treat and
condition the water and the vinyl interior for maximum performance and longevity.
What are the benefits of a waterbed?
For backache relief: Backache is a common problem in modern society, with people
making uninformed decisions on mattresses and cutting costs in areas where they
really should be putting more attention. Many lower and upper back problems can
be tracked back to an improper sleeping position, and even those who do not
suffer from back problems would see considerable back health benefits and
posture improvement when moving to a bed that is kinder on their spine. A
waterbed acts as a naturally orthopedic bed, forming around your spine and
offering support where it's needed. Floatation systems remove pressure from the
spine allowing the spinal muscles to fully relax. Doctors have also found that
the addition of heat speeds up the relaxation process and increases circulation
to rejuvenate problem areas.
For asthma and allergy sufferers: While of course waterbeds cannot offer a cure
for these problems, it can often go quite some way towards reducing suffering.
Dust mites and their droppings (which cause many problems for asthma and allergy
sufferers) collect in regular mattresses and are impossible to remove. With a
waterbed, it is very easy to remove bedding and wipe over the plastic surface
with a cloth every now and then, effectively sanitizing the bed completely.
Water mattress covers can be removed and washed at 60 degrees C, the temperature
at which mites are killed. Used in conjunction with allergy-safe bedding, a
waterbed can provide even more superior levels of hygiene.
For arthritis sufferers: Waterbeds are thermostatically heated. The warmth of
the water helps your muscles to relax resulting in improved blood circulation
while alleviating sore or stiff muscles and joints. Better circulation means you
toss and turn less and get a better nights sleep as your sub-consciousness is
allowed to unwind. The improved blood circulation also increases your body's
ability to heal, meaning it can concentrate on rejuvenating damaged joints -
leaving the waterbed to do the job of supporting your joints and looking after
For bedsore sufferers: Any person immobilized and confined to bed for a
prolonged period is susceptible to bedsores (decubitus ulcers). The tissue being
pinned between hard underlying bone and the surface of the bed for a long period
of time causes these. The blood tissues are squeezed, making circulation to the
tissues difficult. If cells are deprived of blood for a long period of time they
eventually die, causing bedsores. Therefore, treatment relies on reducing these
pressure points. A water mattress spreads the body weight evenly, so blood can
circulate freely throughout the body. A regular mattress puts uneven pressure
on certain areas, whereas a waterbed molds to the shape of your spine and
joints to relieve pressure and support your posture gently throughout the night.
The constant but regulated warmth of a waterbed further enhances blood circulation, keeping
your skin healthy and vastly reducing the likelihood of sores developing. For
those in convalescence, or those with circulation problems, a waterbed can
significantly increase their quality of sleep, skin health and life in general.
For insomnia relief: This common sleep problem is caused by stress, discomfort,
pain, light, noise etc. It is the inability to fall asleep quickly due to mental
or physical problems. So how can a waterbed help? The short answer is:
relaxation. A waterbed is not a cure but it can provide an environment that
helps the problem cure itself. Waterbeds conform perfectly to our bodies, which
are themselves 75% water. We literally 'float' on it so are effectively
semi-weightless; so we relax! Our body's temperature is regulated by the bed's
heater so it remains constant, again leading to relaxation and a better chance
of overcoming sleep problems.
Overall, the benefits of a waterbed vastly outweigh the potential worries (which
can mostly be discounted anyway) and offer a strong case for the waterbed as
the best alternative to a regular spring mattress. While it certainly cannot
claim to be a cure for any of the ailments mentioned above, it goes a long way
to making recovery and regeneration easier and kinder on the body. There are a
range of different kinds of waterbeds available. Be
sure to choose the best type for yourself, and make the most of this move to a
Why a waterbed from Awesome Waterbeds?
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