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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 insomnia.

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 your posture.

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 waterbed.

Why a waterbed from Awesome Waterbeds?

Awesome Waterbeds offers the most extensive advice and product information based upon over thirty year's of experience in the retail waterbed industry.  It is one of the few, if only, websites devoted exclusively to wood frame waterbeds.  Anything that you might need for a new or old waterbed is offered for sale at guaranteed lowest prices with fast delivery and free freight.  If you need more information, please call toll free 888-288-4523 or email with any questions.  If we can't answer your question immediately, we will admit it, research the correct answer and get back to you with a timely accurate response.

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