• Blog, November 2016

Ergonomics explained – why you need an ergonomic bed

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image001Ergonomic. You’ve probably heard the term before – maybe referring to your office desk or seat in your car, but your bed? Probably not! In this blog, we explain ergonomics, how it promotes a healthy lifestyle and why an ergonomic bed is so important.

What are ergonomics?

We hear the term ergonomics used a lot, but what does it actually mean? Put simply, it’s just the process of “…designing or arranging workplaces, products and systems so they fit the people that use them.”

It’s more than the chair we sit in – it’s actually a branch of science that learns about people’s abilities and limitations, and then applies the findings to the surrounding environment. It’s not simply about the physical environment; ergonomics also takes into consideration environmental factors that can impact things like hearing, sight and temperature.

Why are ergonomics important?

According to Safe Work Australia, work related injuries and illnesses between 2008 – 2009 were estimated to be worth $60.6 billion. Back, wrist and shoulder pain are all common ailments reported by workers. The purpose of ergonomics is to create comfortable and safe work and home environments through desks and chairs that adapt to the individual needs, size and strength of a person.

When are ergonomics used?

Typically when we think of ergonomics we think of our office set up, the chair in our car and maybe even our shoe insoles. These are all things we use frequently which have been customised to meet our individual needs and provide comfort.

Have you ever heard of an ergonomic bed? We spend a lot of time – (a third of our life!) in bed, but most beds don’t provide the ergonomic support our bodies need. This is because they are flat and uniform (sometimes with a few layers of padding), and based on 30 year old spring technology.

Beds for Backs is changing the way we think about mattresses and bed bases with ergonomic beds and mattresses tailored to your individual shape and size. With our busy lifestyles, it’s increasingly important that we get a good night’s sleep in a bed that is both comfortable and supportive. If you are looking to upgrade your bed, visit Beds for Backs, the home of ergonomic beds today. Click here to find your nearest location.

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