Updated: Mar 10
Gravity may keep us grounded, but it also weighs us down.
For some, it can actually be the barrier preventing them from a peaceful night's sleep.
In this blog post, we unpack the science behind our adjustable beds, what zero gravity positioning really means and how it may help you achieve a better quality of life through deep sleep.
Three critical factors to deep sleep: Position! Position! Position!
It is widely accepted that a supportive mattress is critical to longer lasting, deep sleep. However, our position throughout the night plays an equally important role that is often overlooked.
For centuries we have resorted to lying flat on our backs in order to rest and recuperate. But technology has since evolved to help us achieve better results for the mind, body and soul. The question is: why aren’t we using it?
When we consider the impact that gravity has on our bodies, by compressing our spines, tensing up other muscles and increasing our recovery time, an adjustable bed that conforms to our natural body shape makes complete sense.
What is Zero Gravity Positioning?
In order to land on the moon, NASA's top space engineers and scientists carried out a substantial volume of research into the inner workings of the human body.
One of their critical discoveries was the body's behaviour without any gravitational pull. In this environment, the body assumes a natural position that minimises the strain on our muscles and organs.
NASA then took this information and introduced a reclined position in its space shuttles to mitigate the effect of increased G-force during lift off.
In doing so, their astronauts were placed in a state of weightlessness (by equalising their body weight) and NASA was able to minimise excessive pressure on the human body.
The findings of this research continues to inform engineers across the world in multiple industries from automobiles and airplanes, to office chairs, footwear and bed frames.
Our adjustable beds take full advantage of this discovery and with just the touch of a button, help you move into a position that mimics the weightless support and pressure-free sensation of floating in space.
When you’re in zero gravity, your thighs and torso are perfectly aligned and your knees are elevated to bring your toes in line with your heart.
Improve Breathing & Reduce Snoring
This is especially true if you experience any shortness of breath or tend to cough after lying down flat on your back.
Lying down on a flatbed may cause the tissues and excess fat around our necks to soften and partially obstruct the airways. As air then travels to and from our lungs, the tissues vibrate, resulting in minor to major disruptions to our sleep.
However, with Zero Gravity Positioning available in our adjustable beds, we can alleviate the impact of downward pressure on our lungs and airways, by elevating the torso to our desired comfort.
It allows for more natural and relaxed breathing throughout the night, which is often the missing ingredient for those of us who struggle to achieve R.E.M. sleep.
Improve Mobility & Spinal Health
Last but by no means least, our adjustable beds offer considerable health benefits for the spine, especially when compared to the traditional flat beds many of us continue to use.
By cradling the body in a supported posture, the spine is empowered to decompress and minimise the pull on surrounding tissues.
This in turn has the effect of reducing pressure on the intervertebral discs, which is critical to spinal health and lessens the potential for nerve impingement (i.e. pinched nerves).
Put simply, Zero Gravity Positioning helps the spine loosen and relax, which in today’s world cannot be understated. For some, this translates into much needed relief from pain in the lower back and neck.
Our adjustable beds are the answer to “morning stiffness”, tight muscles and cramps, along with many other health issues that impede our sleep performance.
How can we help?
If you suffer from chronic pain, poor blood circulation or respiratory illnesses, our Class IA medical devices listed in the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods may offer you some genuine relief.
With one-touch zero gravity positioning and relaxing whole-body-vibration therapy, our premium range of medical devices are the simple solution to a better quality of life.
We have also invested in Cyclonic Vibration Therapy, which has helped thousands minimise their dependence on sleeping pills and pain-killers. Compared to traditional massage devices, our CV Health Systems use less invasive technology to soothe aches and pains.
At Bedtime Store, we are passionate about improving Australia's sleep deficit. Call 1300 825 931 today to speak with one of our experienced Sleep Specialists. Better sleep, starts now.