Getting enough sleep is vital for our general health and wellbeing. Sleep not only allows our bodies to repair at night but also lets our brain consolidate memories and retain information. But if you have limited mobility or you’re recovering from an injury, getting good quality sleeping can be a challenge!
The key component for getting a good night’s sleep is the right mattress. If you have limited mobility, it’s important to have the right mattress to support your body and help you rest properly. A good mattress will also help reduce the risk of developing pressure sores, a common issue if you’re spending long periods of time in bed.
If you’re having trouble sleeping due to limited mobility, it could be time to upgrade your mattress. To help better understand your options and choose the right one for you, take a look at our mattress guide below:
Air Mattresses vs Foam Mattresses
The primary benefit of an air mattress is its adjustability for personalised comfort and control. You or your carer can choose just how much air you would like inside the mattress and control how firm it is. Sleeping on an air mattress provides a light and comfortable feeling of weightlessness and also helps reduce pressure points by spreading the weight across the length of your body.
However, air mattresses can be soft and do vibrate more than a standard mattress, so if you prefer a firmer mattress, you might like to consider memory foam instead. A memory foam mattress is durable and the material moulds to the shape of your body – providing pressure relief on pain points and proper spine alignment. Or you could choose to combine the two and opt for a Hybrid mattress – a combination of a foam mattress with alternating air cells inside.
If you suffer from allergies, an overlay is also a great choice. Memory foam is hypoallergenic and anti-bacterial. Foam toppers collect fewer dust mites than other mattress materials and can provide some more relief throughout the night.
If your mattress is relatively new and you can’t justify replacing it just yet, mattress overlays are a great way to provide additional comfort to your bed. An overlay or topper is a thin layer of memory foam that fits over your mattress. They are affordable and offer a gentle, continuous support to help you achieve a better night’s sleep. They will work best on standard, non-electric, beds.
Electric beds have become increasingly popular in recent years because of their wide range of health benefits. Adjustable electric beds can help people with limited mobility or circulation problems – which can result in swollen legs, ankles and feet – by keeping affected areas elevated. Electric beds can also help retain some independence - at the touch of a button, your bed can be adjusted into a position that is most comfortable for you, without assistance.
Adjusting the position of your bed can also help you breathe better if you have respiratory issues. Sleeping on your back can cause airways to become blocked, which can lead to snoring and sleep apnoea. By using an electric adjustable bed elevate your head, you can increase the flow of oxygen into an around your body. This in turn can reduce disruptions during the night and better-quality sleep.
See above demonstration of the I-Care IC333 Adjustable bed base. The best way to trial our bed and mattress range is to visit one of our showrooms. In circumstances, where that is not possible, we may also be able to offer a free in-home demonstration.
At Life Mobility, we genuinely care for the well-being of our customers and are committed to helping them improve and maintain mobility to get on with life. We offer quality mattresses and electric beds in a range of styles to suit a range of individual needs. Contact us directly here or enquire online to find out how we can support your mobility needs.