• Blog, January 2017

How do we know our beds are ergonomic? What does that mean

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Ergonomics is no longer a new or niche concept. Products that we regularly use in our everyday life are designed by ergonomists and engineers to allow the human body to work at its greatest efficiency with the least strain. Many of your office products, such as your chair, phone, computer keyboard and mouse, have all been designed with ergonomics and the natural curves of the human body in mind. Your shoes, car seat and appliances (such as your fridge, your washing and machine and your dishwasher) have also been re-designed by ergonomists to assist the human body to remain comfortable and strain free.

Ergonomics in Beds

So how do these principals apply to beds? We’ve said it before, we spend the greatest amount of our time asleep – around 30% of our lives! Which is far more than we spend doing anything else. If chairs and appliances aim to reduce the strain and stress of certain positions on our back and muscles, what would an ergonomic bed be aiming to do?

The dials on the Ergolife Zero Stress allow the bed to be adjusted to your unique body

According to leading ergonomists, an ergonomic bed should be designed to allow the musculoskeletal system (your bones and joints), and in particular, the spine, to adopt a neutral position while sleeping. This reduces unnecessary strain on the joints, muscles and back and should reduce pain and injuries from sleeping in a bad position. Ergonomists argue that the best bed to achieve this adapts to the natural curvature of the body, does not sag at any point from the weight of the person on it, and has a good spring action.

What do ergonomists say about our beds?

A lot of companies make the claim that their products are ergonomic, or are the latest technology – but how can we as consumers be sure?

We asked respected ergonomists Dohrmann Consulting to conduct independent testing to ensure our beds meet the best-rest standards. They concluded that our Ergolife Zero Stress Base System and Ergolife Active mattress, appropriately adjusted, matched the neutral spine position that is desirable for best rest. According to Dohrmann Consulting, our beds conform to the best sleeping position for both short and tall Australian males and females.  They also showed that our beds reduce the effect your partner’s weight has on your sleeping position.

The different zones in our mattresses allow for adjustment to the level of support, to fit each part of your body.

At Beds for Backs, we are committed to making sure that our beds are up to date with the latest technology in ergonomics, and that the claims we made are backed up by scientific principles and independent testing. This latest report from respected ergonomists means that you can have peace of mind that your ergonomic mattress and base will provide the best rest your body needs. Click here to find your nearest Beds for Backs store to find out more about Ergolife ergonomic beds.

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