A couple months ago I wrote a post about all the health benefits of upgrading to a new mattress, but what about what goes underneath the mattress? It’s like the story of the Princess and the Pea: it doesn’t matter how many mattresses you have or how good they are– if you don’t have a good foundation, the quality of your sleep is negated.
So what distinguishes a good foundation from a bad one? Well, in this case, what’s newest is considered the best. Now, this doesn’t mean all other foundations are discredited, it’s just that new research and new technology has worked together to put a new mattress foundation on the market: Motion Bedding. These new foundations now have motion adjustable bases that allows you to customize your bed by adjusting the head or foot of the mattress.
For all of us that like to read or watch TV in bed, this is revolutionary. Motion bedding comes with pre-set positions for optimal comfort and support for watching TV, working on your laptop and reading in bed. Just last night I was trying to find a comfortable position in bed with my laptop but to no avail. No matter how I adjusted myself, I couldn’t quite find a position where my neck or my back weren’t slouched– an issue, however “first world” it is– that plagues most people. After all, how many of us really go straight to sleep as soon as we get into bed?
Motion Bedding isn’t just a matter of convenience. For older people and people with limited mobility, this is not only practical, it’s almost necessary. Having an adjustable foundation can assist those who face difficulty when getting in and out of bed. For people who suffer from back, neck and shoulder pain, whether it’s from long hours hunched over a desk or scoliosis, elevating your head and feet can help alleviate body pressure and help muscles relax. Adjustable bed base owners have also reported relief from sleep apnea, arthritis, restless leg syndrome and insomnia. According to research done by Serta, elevating head and feet also helps increase blood flow to muscles, improving circulation and helping you get a deeper sleep. Another practical purpose? Raising your head helps open up airways to reduce snoring, so you (and your partner) can get a good nights sleep.
The bad news is that not all mattresses are compatible with a motion base, but the good news is that most mattresses on the market today are new enough that they will work fine together. All memory foam and most hybrid mattresses can be used with a motion base, while only some spring mattresses are compatible. And just a reminder– if you’ve had your mattress for about seven years, it’s about time to switch it out. If you’ve had it for about ten years, it’s DEFINITELY time to get a new one. It’s said that your mattress can double in weight in ten years from dead skin, colonies of dust mites, oil and moisture. While some people say that it’s just an urban legend, Dr. Philip Tierno, director of clinical microbiology and immunology at New York University Langone Medical Center, says it’s true. Yikes.
Speaking as someone who often tosses and turns in the middle of the night in search of a comfortable position for my back (not to mention that I also sleep with at least three pillows for optimal comfort), the idea of an adjustable foundation is extremely appealing. Serta’s line of Motion Bases also comes equipped with USB chargers on each side of the base and convenience lighting installed underneath the bed for relaxation. These bases even come decked out with massage options and Bluetooth connectivity that allows you to sync your smart device to built-in speaker systems. Sleep Number’s FlexFit bases allows you to adjust each side separately and the TEMPUR-Ergo comes with a wireless remote control. The only major flaw it has is that you’ll probably never be able to get out of bed after this.