Adjustable Bed Buying Guide

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No longer are adjustable beds just for those who may require a specific sleeping position for medical reasons. Long gone are the days of the enormous hospital beds with slow and noisy mechanisms.

Today's adjustable beds are the ultimate in luxury and comfort, with contemporary designs and advanced technology making them the bed of choice for a wide range of people.

How many times have you wanted to watch TV, read a book or just sit back on your bed but the pillows you have stacked up just keep falling off and making your bed uncomfortable?

Now imagine not having to worry about your 'pillow mountain', because you're in your adjustable bed and you can raise your upper body to the perfect position and get that comfort you were seeking with the stack of pillows.

You can do all of this with just the touch of a button on your remote control.  Can it get any easier than that.....?

An adjustable bed offers a variety of benefits when compared to a static divan bed or bedframe. They can be adjusted into various positions to make sleeping more comfortable, aid medical conditions and also help getting in and out of the bed.

If you have a medical condition that requires you to sleep in certain positions then an adjustable bed may be able help. They can also be used by those who are temporarily or permanently bed-ridden to make daily life more comfortable.

The controls on the easy to use handsets have large marked buttons and all of our adjustables incorporate a battery back-up incase of powercut, which would enable the bed to adjust back to a flat position if needed.

Have you considered how much time you spend in your bedroom and actually in your bed? There is more to most of our beds than just sleeping!

Adjustable Bed Benefits

With an adjustable bed you can raise the headend to:

  • Open your air passages
  • Help prevent snoring
  • Prevent acid reflux
  • Relieve pressure on your back and neck
  • Read comfortably
  • Watch TV
  • Drink your morning cup of tea or coffee
  • Spend some time waking up slowly and planning your day
  • Sit up and get out of bed easier

You can also raise your legs to:

  • Help prevent cramping
  • Aid in circulating blood from your legs to your upper body
  • Relieve stress on your lower back

Back Pain

One of the biggest ailments with sleeping is back pain; nearly half of the UK population will suffer some form of back pain during their lives. Whether it's caused by stress, accidents, bad posture, or excercise, it is one of most commonly reported conditions in the UK. A good bed will help reduce pain in the lower back and other discomfort associated with back injuries.

This precise and personalised positioning is important because a major reason for pains in the joints and muscles is believed to be due to a lack of proper support from your bed. When you are resting on a flat bed the pressure points at the neck, shoulders, hips and ankles can make you toss and turn, resulting in poor and interrupted sleep.

Versatility

Electric beds can be altered into a comfortable position as per the sleeper's requirements. They can be made very comfortable for reading or for watching TV in bed. As the bed can be molded according to the person's body structure, they can provide upmost comfort and relaxation. They may also aid in getting out of bed.

People with back pains (particularly lower back) can benefit from the bed being at an incline. The optimum position maybe for the upper body to be positioned higher than the lower body with support under the knees so that they are supported in a position where they are bent at a slight angle. This position can help take some of the stress off the lower back, supporting the spine and taking pressure off the whole body.

Health

There are several health benefits from adjustable beds. They may ease swelling of the legs or edema and ease back pain. They may relieve soreness of the body and sooth neck and shoulder tension. They may also offset acid reflux and night time heartburn.

Pressure & Strain

They provide relief for certain parts of the body such as the neck, the spine and the knees. Choosing an adjustable bed takes away these pressure points enabling your body to relax more and therefore have a deeper, more restful and healthier night's sleep. Sleeping in an adjustable bed can alleviate joint strain and muscle stress. Overall strain on your skeletal system can be reduced by as much as 85%.

Natural Sleeping Position

Scientific tests in zero-gravity atmospheres have shown that the most natural position for sleeping is with the head slightly elevated and the knees bent. Adjustable beds can reproduce this position.

Arthritis

A comfortable mattress and suitable sleeping position can improve your blood flow and may help ease pain caused by arthritis. An adjustable bed can help achieve a comfortable sleeping position, therefore helping blood circulation, special features such as message and heating can also assist. Rising of the head section of the bed may also help in sitting and exiting the bed.

Fluid Retention

Fluid retention can be very uncomfortable, and is common in the lower leg which can be caused by standing to long, flight or aging. A hospital bed can help relive the pain by raising the legs and reducing the pressure. A massage feature may also help disperse the liquid.

Poor Circulation

Poor blood circulation can be uncomfortable, and even lead to blood clots. An adjustable bed may assist by positioning your bloody to aid maximum circulation. Again a message feature will help in circulating the blood.

These are just a few of the medical issues which an adjustable bed may help with. The above is for general information only. Seek professional medical advice before purchasing if you have a particular condition.

VAT Exemption

We price all of our adjustable beds as both zero VAT and inclusive of VAT. This is because HM Revenue & Customs will allow us to sell adjustable beds at zero VAT if the customer(s) are registered as disabled.

Below is a citation from HM Revenues & Customs to check if you may be eligible for a zero VAT rate:

3.2 - Supplies to handicapped people

You can only zero rate supplies to handicapped people when:

    * the person is ‘chronically sick or disabled’ and

    * the goods and services are purchased or acquired for their personal or domestic use

3.2.1 What does ‘chronically sick or disabled’ mean?

A person is ‘chronically sick or disabled’ if he/she is a person:

- with a physical or mental impairment which has a long-term and substantial adverse effect upon his/her ability to carry out everyday activities;

- with a condition which the medical profession treats as a chronic sickness, such as diabetes; or

- who is terminally ill.

It does not include a frail elderly person who is otherwise able-bodied or any person who is only temporarily disabled or incapacitated, such as with a broken limb.

If a parent, spouse or guardian acts on behalf of a ‘chronically sick or disabled’ person, your supply is treated as being made to that ‘chronically sick or disabled’ person.