One of our customers has just had a Hip Op. She went 18 months sleeping on a Pearl Essence with much reduced pain. Before the Pearl Essence she would be at the chiropractor every month for therapy or acupuncture to relieve the pain. But having the Pearl Essence meant being able to adjust the mattress as and when needed to relieve pain.
While in Hospital having the Hip Op, she had an adjustable bed which was great but the mattress was a memory foam one and far too firm. So this just goes to show it’s not just the bed that has to adjust in fact the mattress is the prime thing. She tells me that a few pillows in the right place on an adjustable mattress are far more important than an adjustable bed with the wrong mattress.
Now back home in her own bed she has found she can adjust the mattress Up to a much firmer setting than before and is getting full nights sleep. She said it was the best investment they have ever made and no other mattress would have done what she has done. She has had the mattress medium down to soft and now medium to firm and all the time her husband has had the same setting. Dual adjustable is the only way to go as you never know what is around the corner.
There is only one company doing a proper Air Mattress in Europe there’s no one to ask just how good they are except myself and the few who have been brave enough to buy.
Now Sleep like the dead have done an independent report to show what the best mattress is for bad backs that include a report for Air Mattresses.
Not only do they support you better than other types of mattress, there is less cross movement so you don’t disturb your partner when you move or get in and out of bed. They come in a box to make installing and moving them much easier. They don’t need turning. They are component mattresses so you only need to change a faulty part if anything should fail. If you spill a cup of coffee on the cover you can remove the cover and clean it or worse case change it.
Mattress Types & Pain Relief / Prevention
The graph below shows the pain-relieving ability of the different mattress types based on owner experience data. The types that are better at reducing pain (including back, hip and shoulder pain) are more supportive, less likely to sag and more likely to have good conformability. Keep in mind that the chart represents what is often but not always the case; a particular brand, model or individual mattress may go against these findings.
Airbeds tend to be effective in preventing or reducing pain, especially back pain. Sagging and loss of support is usually less of a problem with airbeds compared to most other bed types. The air chambers inside the airbed can provide good conformability as well as allow for adjustable firmness to suit personal preference.
Orthopedic Air Mattresses are generally found in Hospitals and Nursing homes.
These are made with individual air pockets with adjustable firmness and a special control mechanism. The industry started producing in the 1990’s self-adjusting air beds that can automatically change the pressure periodically and inflate, deflate several chambers alternately. This adjusting effect is to help reduce problems with decubitus ulcers (bed sores). These are very expensive and not found in the home.
Air Mattresses for the home.
There are several companies currently producing adjustable firmness air mattresses in America for the home. In some models and sizes, they allow independent adjustment of each side of the bed for comfort and firmness.
Adjustable air mattresses come in a variety of models from basic, no-frills ones that measure about 7″ in height, to high-profile, 15″ tall hybrids that contain several types of foam, pillow tops, and digital pumps with memory, for individual pressure settings.
Air bladder construction varies from a simple polyethylene bag to internally baffled, multiple chambers of latex (vulcanized rubber) or vinyl with bonded cotton exteriors. Mattresses have a layer of foam above the air chambers for added cushioning. The air chambers, top and sidewall foam all sit inside a removable two piece cover that looks like the outside of a standard innerspring mattress. These high-end luxury air beds are also known as soft-sided air beds.
For the first time orthopaedic air mattresses have become available in the UK
Dual chambers give you the comfort of two different sleep surfaces in one mattress and no noticeable joint in the middle. Some people having different daily routines may need a different sleep surface from day to day. A day spent in the garden will use different muscles to a day spent in the office at a desk.
No two couples are the same shape and size so we all require a different sleep surface.
These mattresses are now available in the UK and don’t cost as much as the Orthopedic mattress used in the medical trade.
These are for recreational use and not for long term use, they are cheap and ideal for camping. These have no Orthopedic properties and should only be used for short periods. Also available are the Air mattress for the home that are inflated with a small air pump for use when you need a spare bed. These are not suitable for long term use and like the camping bed has no Orthopedic properties.