The adjustable bed – previously known as « articulated bed » or « electric bed » – does not have the best of reputations. It may remind one of hospitals and sick people. And yet, in terms of look and technology, the adjustable bed evolved tremendously. Many new features may now make your sleep, and even your life, better. Let me introduce my favourite ones!
1. Bluetooth connection and voice control
Remote control, wireless or not, is a standard feature of adjustable beds. Some beds even have a pocket where to store your remote, so you do not have to wonder « where have I left that remote again…? » But now, thanks to technology, you do not even need a remote anymore!
Indeed! With a Bluetooth connection, you can download an application in your smart phone, that will allow you to control your adjustable bed! Even more impressive, some beds can be activated by your VOICE! You just dictate commands that will activate the various features. The ultimate luxury.
2. Preset positions
You must be wondering now what you could command your bed to do? Here is an example: preset positions! Depending on what model of adjustable bed you choose, you could save your « TV » or « Reading » positions. No need to fuss trying to find perfect comfort (err… feet a bit higher? No? Lower, then?) Some remote buttons are already preset positions, but you can modify them to meet YOUR needs.
3. Zero G position
By the way, there is one preset button that I absolutely must mention, and that will change your life: the ZERO G button! This position raises your legs to a higher level than your heart. Which can seem strange at first… After all, we have been used to sleep in a flat position! In fact, NASA came up with the ZERO G position for astronauts during launchings.
Seriously, benefits are many: lower stress, less pressure on the lower back, better blood circulation in the legs, lower demand on the heart, better oxygenation… Once you have tried sleeping in ZERO G, you will never sleep flat ever again!
4. Underbed lighting
Are you the kind to get out of bed five times a night to visit the bathroom? Are you tired of stumbling in the clothes pile, or hitting your toes on the dresser because you cannot see a thing? Here is what you need: lights under your bed! And we’re not talking about patio lanterns here… No, no! Actual series of DEL lights already installed under your adjustable bed, that you can turn on and off using your remote or smartphone.
These DEL’s will light your way just so you see where you are walking, without waking up your significant other. Or your cat… or your dog… You get back into bed and turn off the lights. All done, and no collateral damage!
5. Massage motors
If you are like me, whenever you see a massage chair, you just must try it. It feels so good, so relaxing! But you are thinking: « hey, wait a minute here, this article is about beds… do you mean I could have that in my bed!? » Well, YES! Some adjustable beds come with massage motors! You choose the duration and the intensity. The very best way to destress after a long workday. Your body will thank you!
6. Lumbar support
When you are young and dashing, you can sleep anywhere. Literally anywhere. Bringing back memories, eh? But as we get older, we become more… delicate? Boo-boos, big and small, are making themselves felt, among them the widespread BACK PAIN! Well, with the ZERO G position mentioned above, you increase your chances of keeping a healthy back. But you could do more!
Some adjustable beds offer a lumbar support option. And what, pray tell, is that? It is an independently adjustable section in your bed that adds a bit more «thickness» under your lower back. You feel less pressure as your back is better supported. For people with a deep back curvature like me, believe me, the difference is real!
7. USB ports
Power outlets are so far away that you must get out of bed to use your phone as it charges? You’ve got enough of seeing these extensions laying around your bedroom floor just so you can connect your devices? Well now, picture this: your bed could come equipped with USB plugs. Yes! USB plugs on your bed! One on each side too, no fighting over it! Doesn’t need to be complicated to be useful.
So… your present bed is adequate, we agree. But if you wish to invest in your sleep, in your quality of life, and consequently decide to purchase an adjustable bed, take the time to get informed about these littles extras that you could enjoy! You spend quite a lot of time in your bed, so why not make it your own, according to your needs?
Ah! I almost forgot! When you go shopping for an adjustable bed, you might find it a bit less beautiful or sexy than your present bed. Well, do I have great news for you! Most adjustable beds can very well be installed inside an upholstered bed. And at Beaudoin we offer this option. Or, you could just add a headboard. No need to give up on style to get comfort! Do not hesitate to discuss your options with your sleep retailer.
Have a good time shopping… and sleeping!