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Back Pain & Sleeping: How Adjustable Beds Help

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Along with neck pain, back pain is a commonly reported problem, especially during the nighttime hours. According to Mayo Clinic, back pain is among the most popular reasons why people miss work or seek medical attention. People of all ages can suffer from back pain due to sleeping or sitting in a certain position, not getting enough sleep, or having pre-existing health conditions.

Back pain can have a detrimental impact on sleep and overall quality of health, but you can find a solution to mitigate back pain without spending hours at doctors’ appointments or searching for a miracle medication. Adjustable bed frames have been proven to relieve aches and pains, such as swollen joints, neck pain, and back pain, as well as alleviate symptoms of health conditions such as asthma, sleep apnea, and acid reflux. With a MotionInABox™ Adjustable base from BedInABox®, you can take control of your sleep and say goodbye to back pain.

Understanding Back Pain and Its Impact on Sleep

The Anatomy of Back Pain

Back pain can present itself in a variety of ways, including muscle aches, burning sensations, or pain that shoots down the limbs. While some people are more prone to back pain than others, some common causes of back pain include:

  • Muscle or ligament strains or spasms
  • Lifting heavy objects or moving suddenly
  • Poor posture
  • Bulging or ruptured disks
  • Injuries such as sprains or fractures
  • Pre-existing conditions, such as arthritis, osteoporosis, or scoliosis
  • Certain cancers
  • Pregnancy

How you sleep can significantly worsen or improve your back pain, and back pain can deteriorate your quality of sleep. If you sleep in a non-supportive position, such as on your stomach or in a way that does not keep your spine aligned, this can increase pressure on the lumbar spine and result in back pain, particularly in the lower back. Because sleep and back pain are so closely related, it is important to promote a sleep position that supports you and keep you comfortable.

Traditional Remedies for Back Pain

The common aching back can be treated with traditional remedies such as pain medication, orthopedic mattresses, or physical therapy. However, these may be only temporary solutions or may become expensive and time-consuming. Pairing your mattress with an adjustable bed can be a long-term, affordable part of the solution to various types of back pain, or can be used in conjunction with traditional remedies for more comprehensive pain relief.

How Adjustable Beds Offer Relief from Back Pain

Adjustable bases use motorized power lift systems to control the position of the bed, allowing you to choose the most comfortable sleep position to alleviate back pain. Using the Bluetooth® remote or voice control that comes with your MotionInABox™ base, you can tailor the position of the bed frame to better support your neck and spine. You can even use additional features such as zero-gravity or massage settings to further keep your muscles relaxed and your spine properly aligned.

Evidence-Based Benefits

While there are a plethora of remedies to help alleviate the symptoms of back pain, adjustable bases are one of the simplest ways to do so. Experts recommend sleeping at an angle to promote circulation, airflow, and back pain relief. According to Ergomotion, sleeping on a flat surface, especially for back and stomach sleepers, may not provide enough support for your spine. Although you could alternatively use pillows to keep yourself in a supportive position, this can be more easily achieved by using an adjustable base that will keep your body stable throughout the night.

Head and Foot Adjustability

Adjustable bases allow you to raise and lower the head and foot of the bed to find an angle that suits your preferences. Commonly, tilting the head of the base at a 30- to 45-degree angle works wonders for people with a variety of health issues or joint pain, including back pain, by relieving pressure on the lower back and keeping the spine aligned. Additionally, slightly raising the legs can also take tension off the lower back and help prevent future or worsened back issues.

MotionInABox™ Adjustable Beds: Your Solution for Back Pain

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Our original adjustable base, the MotionInABox™ 1.0, supports your lower back and keeps your spine aligned to maintain a pain-free sleep. With full head and foot mobility, this adjustable base is built to relieve back pain and keep you comfortable. The MotionInABox™ 1.0 is hassle-free, allowing you to preset two of your favorite sleep positions so you can easily relax.

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The MotionInABox™ 2.0 comes with advanced features for more comprehensive back pain relief, including three programmable sleep positions, 2-zone head and foot massage options, and a wand voice control for hands-free mobility.

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Care & Maintenance Tips for Maximizing Back Pain Relief

Just as it’s vital to clean and take care of your mattress, sheets, and other bedding, it’s crucial to exercise proper care and maintenance of your adjustable base to reap its benefits for years to come. We recommend choosing a power source that is reliable enough to handle the power required to use the base in order to avoid damage to your circuits or the bed frame.

However, taking care of the adjustable base alone is not enough to maintain its effectiveness for relieving back pain. Proper care and maintenance of your mattress and other aspects of your bed are equally important, so be sure to clean your bedding and mattress routinely with gentle cleaners and to rotate your BedInABox® mattress every six months.

Back Pain & Sleeping

Tackling back pain can significantly improve your quality of sleep, so it is important to address any kind of back pain before it worsens. One way to do this is by switching to an adjustable bed like the MotionInABox™ adjustable base. Adjustable bed frames can be part of the solution to relieving back pain and helping you wake up feeling rejuvenated, focused, and pain-free. Take control of your sleep and prevent back pain by exploring our MotionInABox™ adjustable beds. Contact us today if you have questions or if you would like to learn more about how an adjustable base can benefit you and your sleep.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is my BedInABox® compatible with an adjustable bed?

All BedInABox® mattresses are compatible with our MotionInABox™ adjustable beds.

Is an adjustable bed right for my back pain?

Whether you suffer from the common lower back pain or have a more specific spinal issue, an adjustable bed can be beneficial to your sleep. The full head and foot mobility offered by an adjustable bed allows you to choose the most comfortable sleep position while keeping your spine aligned and supported throughout the night. However, if you notice new problems or if your back pain worsens whether you try an adjustable bed or not, we advise you to seek medical attention.

Will an adjustable bed help my specific type of back pain?

Adjustable beds have been proven to help mitigate back pain, not only for people with general aches, but also specific back conditions, such as:

  • Degenerative spondylolisthesis
  • Osteoarthritis in the spine
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Scoliosis

More likely than not, an adjustable bed can be part of the solution to your specific type of back pain, though it is not a cure-all and may need to be used in conjunction with other solutions your medical provider recommends.

Can I use an adjustable bed after back surgery?

Adjustable beds can actually be an important part of recovery after back surgery. Getting a good night’s rest helps speed the healing process, and being able to adjust the angle of your bed to achieve a comfortable and supportive position is one way to get a restful, healing sleep.

Are There Weight Limits on MotionInABox™ Adjustable Beds?

Our two MotionInABox™ adjustable beds each have a lift capacity of 750 lbs. With a focus on stability, our adjustable beds are designed to not only support up to 750 lbs., but also provide smooth and comfortable mobility to help you find the perfect sleep position.

What Is the Warranty on MotionInABox™ Adjustable Beds?

We stand behind our MotionInABox™ adjustable beds with a 10-year limited warranty. If you have a warranty claim, you must provide proof of purchase. For more information, check out our warranty page.

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