The Perfect Bed for the Elderly and Differently Abled
January 3, 2012
When we were kids, we hated taking naps. We would pretend we were sleeping, and when our parents left the room, we would jump out of our beds and continue our playtime. But, as we got older, we wanted to get a whole lot of sleep. (Does sleeping in class ring a bell?) We regret not maximizing our younger days where afternoon naps can be considered a daily requirement. Things significantly become harder once we’re old enough to acquire full-time jobs. It’s as if sleep is no longer a major part of our lives anymore. And, as a result, we inevitably become sleep-deprived. That is why when we see a bed, we take the chance to lie on it and succumb to the rest we deserve.
So what happens we get way, way older? Would it be that simple to jump in bed and sleep? I don’t think so. I wonder what our grandparents feel when the beds they lie on are unfit for them. Probably uncomfortable, and somehow painful. What about the differently abled people? I’m sure they would have difficulty if they were in the same situation.
For the elders and the differently abled people, comfort is a necessity, at the very least. With their condition, and/or age, receiving a good sleep is a need. And one of the things that can greatly influence their rest is the bed they sleep on. What is the most suitable bed for them?
Choosing what bed to purchase depends on the person. The bed must contribute to a better sleep, giving ample support to parts of the body that need it. Thinking about it, they are truly entitled to get adjustable beds, especially when the elderly or the differently abled are experiencing different types of pain when lying down. The bed should be able to be adjusted when there is pain in the lower back, upper back, neck or legs. It should also help in having proper blood circulation when they sleep.
Here are the two types of beds that are most recommended for them:
Also known as visco-elastic foam, this type of mattress is the go-to choice, because of the wonders it give, mostly to seniors. It eliminates putting pressure to certain parts of the body as it contours around you, whatever your sleeping position is. The pressure in lying down on your back or on your side is evenly distributed to the rest of your body, allowing more relaxation to your joints and muscles. This is suitable for the handicapped as well, because it can lessen their pain whenever they would need to change positions while sleeping. There should be no aching body parts when they wake up in the morning.
This type of foam is more applicable to the fragile body of the elderly. During the colder months, they would most probably feel more muscle and joint pains. And during the warmer season, they need free-flowing air, even when they sleep. Breathable mattress offers comfort as it has an open cell structure, where both cold and warm air would freely pass by the mattress, eliminating discomfort to the body.
The elderly and the differently abled need special care and attention. We should be more aware that even though we give them enough time to rest, the bed they lie on is one more aspect to think about. In reality, even though we are young, we might even need these special beds, simply to take care of our own bodies.
Try to check out these beds – they might just give your grandparents and/or disabled family members the full, uninterrupted sleep they deserve.