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Try An Adjustable Bed, You Might Not Go Back

People Have Been Manually Adjusting Their Beds For Ages

It just might be one of the best relationship savers ever, or for the happily single, the best solo-sleeping experience ever: Adjustable beds that raise, lift and, for those who share a bed but have individual comfort needs, separate. “People have actually been adjusting their beds for ages” said Jay Thompson, president of Leggett & Platt Adjustable Bed Group, a provider of adjustable bases to Mattress Firm. “But they used pillows and blankets.”

Adjustable Beds Have Been Around For Over 30 Years

Enter the adjustable bed base, activated by a remote control to elevate feet, and/or lift heads and backs. Some adjustable beds even have a massage feature. Adjustable beds have been around for more than 30 years, Thompson said, although advertising campaigns used to be directed toward the elderly. Back then, adjustable beds were also “very hospital looking” Thompson said.

Adjustable Beds – New & Updated For Modern Life

There are now several aesthetically-pleasing options when it comes to design and finishes – wood, metal, brushed, glossy, metallic, synthetic leather and such. Thompson said some models even look like furniture. “Most people don’t go out specifically shopping for an adjustable bed base,” Thompson said. “They shop for mattresses, and are introduced to adjustable beds in the store.” Looks aside, some people tuck into adjustable beds because it’s what they’re used to.

Adjustable Beds Are Made For Modern Activities

“They say ‘I can adjust my car seat, my office seat, my recliner… and now I’m going to adjust my bed’,” Thompson said. There are a lot of people who say beds should be for sleeping only, but Thompson said that’s not necessarily realistic in today’s world. Studies show that most of us use our bedrooms for a lot more than sleeping, but flat beds aren’t designed to accommodate additional activities comfortably. In fact, according to the National Sleep Foundation, an estimated 61 percent of Americans under the age of 45 curl up with their laptops or tablets in bed.

Adjustable Beds Can Maximize Your Comfort For A Good Night’s Sleep

For those who don’t, there are still several advantages to adjustable beds. Maybe you start out propped up in bed to read or watch TV, then you hit the switch to raise your tired feet and legs, and then you lay everything flat when it’s time to go to sleep. “It’s personal preference,” Thompson said. “You can customize your comfort.”

If you think that an adjustable bed might be right for you, visit a Mattress Firm store today to talk to a sleep expert and to try one for yourself.

About The Author

Craig McAndrews

Craig McAndrews is the former chief strategy officer for Mattress Firm. In his role, he led product development and merchandising strategy, both in-store and online. When he was a regular contributor to The Daily Doze, he shared insights on to how make the mattress buying process a little easier, and what is really important when it comes to selecting your sleep system.

Craig’s career in the bedding industry initially began with Sealy’s Stearns & Foster, where he regularly worked with Mattress Firm, giving him the opportunity to witness the company’s special culture first hand. He soon joined the Mattress Firm team as a franchise owner, and played a part in the company’s expansion into Arizona. Later, Craig served in a variety of roles for Mattress Firm; and his passion for helping customers “Sleep Happy” and commitment to sharing his extensive industry knowledge with his teammates have garnered the respect and admiration of coworkers and peers alike.

Craig graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with a bachelor’s degree in marketing. He lives in Houston with his wife April and their two sons Ben and Nate.

Best Night’s Sleep: His best nights’ sleep happen at home when he is with his family – and, of course, following a Cowboys win.

3 thoughts on “Try An Adjustable Bed, You Might Not Go Back

    • I’m in a similar position as you, regarding my health. I have chronic pain in my back and neck as well as my joints. I also deal with degenerative disc disease and cluster migraines. My hubby and I purchased a king size Craftmatic Adjustable Bed about 12 years ago and it was worth every penny. Not only can I adjust it to support whatever I’m dealing with at the moment, it cured my husband’s snoring!

  1. Annika Larson says:

    Right now my husband and I are looking for a new bed. Especially since my husband has back problems, we want to make sure we can find something that will be comfortable for him. As you said, a huge benefit of adjustable beds is that you can maximize your comfort in a variety of different activities or personal preference. Thanks for sharing!

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