• Blog, December 2016

What makes an ergonomic bed different to a conventional flat mattress?

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Your bed is one of the most important and expensive purchases you will make for your home. When selecting a television, we often spend hours browsing for the latest technology and best value for money before making a selection. With the average Australian spending only around two hours per day watching TV, it makes even more sense to take this kind of care when deciding where we will spend a third of our lives – in bed. Unlike our television, our bed can have major impacts on all the things that are important to us – fitness, mood, relationships, energy, productivity and recreation.

Most conventional mattresses currently on the market have not changed substantially since the 1960s, being made up of a one-size-fits all spring system that can interlock in different way to impact how firm or springy the bed is. Unbelievably, this is the same technology that was used in the late 1800s in the seats of horse drawn carriages. Most of us are sleeping in beds that are not up-to-date or in line with what we know about the human body and sleep. Sleeping on a flat uniform mattress can put your spine into an unsupported and unnatural position which is why an ergonomic bed is the new emerging trend. We have ergonomics at work, in our car seats, in the design of baby prams etc, so why not in our beds? Having zero stress on our bodies while we sleep can only enhance our sleep and wellbeing.

Ergonomic offices? Why not an ergonomic bed?

The term ‘ergonomics’ comes from the Greek words ergo and nomos, meaning natural laws of work. It is the art of designing products to suit people and their lifestyles, focusing on improving our interaction with every day products. We’ve taken these principles and applied them to the one place we spend a third of our lives – our bed.

Companies like Facebook and Google are already reaping the health and work benefits of using ergonomic furniture for their employees. Research also shows the clear advantages of using ergonomic furniture to boost productivity, creativity, fitness and health. It only makes sense that we would translate what we know about supporting the human body to the bedroom.

An ergonomic bed works to your shape and size. Unlike a conventional bed, they are designed with flexibility in mind – an ergonomic bed allows you to adjust the bed’s shoulder zone, lumbar zone and hip zone, in order to support your entire body while you sleep. This results in better sleep, and less aches and pains in your body during the day.

Typical flat mattresses look and feel good when you test them for a few moments in a showroom, however they can have a negative impact to your health when you sleep on them night after night.

Our bodies are heaviest at our waist and lighter at our hips and shoulders. The weight of our mid-drift often causes mattresses to sag in the middle, not unlike a hammock. This puts unnecessary stress on your spine and makes for an uncomfortable sleep, and can often lead to back pain throughout the day. The breakthrough of a bed with ergonomic support addresses these issues in order to provide you with comfort to ensure you the best night’s sleep.

You can learn more about ergonomics by browsing our range of ergonomic beds and read about the benefits to your night’s sleep. Alternatively visit a Beds for Backs store and test the ErgoLife range for yourself. Beds for Backs is the only bedding retailer that stocks real ergonomic beds – developed based on scientific principles of  ergonomic design and flow for the human body.

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