Adjustable beds are a healthy choice for side sleepers because they help you get into a neutral position by elevating the head and foot of your bed. A neutral sleeping position keeps your spine straight and aligned with your neck and hips.
It’s better for side sleepers to lay with their head and feet elevated rather than on a flat surface because a flat surface places strain on their neck and hips. We recommend side sleepers rest with their head on a 3.5 to 5 degree incline and their legs lifted just enough to align the hips with the spine.
Achieving a neutral position is much easier with an adjustable bed. Below we discuss more reasons why side sleepers should consider investing in an adjustable bed frame.
Benefits of Adjustable Beds for Side Sleepers
Adjustable beds help sleepers achieve a healthy sleeping position and they are great for people with mobility issues. These frames automatically move the sleeper into a sitting or reclining position, making it easier to climb in and out of bed. Adjustable beds can also help ease several sleep issues.
Helps You Breathe Easier
Sleeping on your side keeps your airways clear, making it easier to breathe. Elevating the head of your bed to about 3.5 degrees improves your breathing even more and often reduces snoring. People with sleep apnea are often advised to sleep on their side because it improves airflow.
Sleep apnea is a sleeping condition where the sleeper stops breathing off and on throughout the night. Sleep apnea is caused by loose tissues in the back of the throat blocking the airways. Sleeping on your side at an incline pulls these tissues away from the windpipe, helping the sleeper breathe normally. While an adjustable bed doesn’t cure sleep apnea, it can help manage the condition.
Reduces Acid Reflux
Elevating your head while you sleep reduces acid reflux. Acid reflux happens when stomach acid enters your esophagus. Sleeping at an incline uses gravity to encourage the acid to stay down in the stomach.
Keeps Your Spine Straight
Sleeping on your side with your head and feet at a steep incline puts strain on your spine. However, sleeping on a completely flat mattress causes problems as well by placing strain on your neck and hips.
Elevating the head of your bed about 3.5 degrees keeps your spine straight and takes pressure off your joints. You should also lift the foot of your bed just enough to align your hips with your spine; with an adjustable bed, doing so is quick and easy.
Improves Blood Flow
Sleeping on your side with your head on a gradual incline, legs elevated, and knees slightly bent helps improve blood circulation. The neutral position relieves your pressure points, helping your blood flow easily from your extremities back to your heart. The improved circulation helps reduce inflammation and swelling.
Provides Healthy Support
An adjustable bed makes it easier to find a neutral position and maintain it all night long. This frame won’t move or need readjusting part way through the night like pillows would. And many adjustable frames have zero gravity presets, which makes finding a comfortable and healthy sleeping position easy—just press a button.
Best Adjustable Bed Mattresses for Side Sleepers
Medium to medium soft mattresses are usually the best choice for side sleepers. They are firm enough to offer plenty of support and soft enough to conform to your curves, aligning your neck, spine, and hips.
Adjustable beds need mattresses that are flexible enough to bend with the frame as it moves. Latex, hybrid, and memory foam mattresses are all good options. Innerspring mattresses don’t work well with an adjustable frame because they are not flexible enough. Their stiff metal coils often break under the stress of constantly moving up and down.
This frame helps side, back, and combination sleepers find a comfortable position every night. The frame’s quiet motors make adjusting your position during the night easy and soundless. The Amerisleep Adjustable Bed+ also includes features designed for the safety and comfort of the sleeper:
- The wall hugger technology keeps your bed in the same place, no matter how much you adjust the head and foot.
- Built in USB ports on either side of the head of the bed takes away the need for bulky extension cords or conveniently located outlets.
- The massage feature helps you relax before bed and soothes your muscles.
- The zero gravity preset makes finding a comfortable and healthy position as easy as pressing a button.
The bed frame is available as a split king, allowing you and your partner to adjust your own side of the bed to whatever position is best for your sleep style.
Is sleeping in a zero gravity position healthy?
Yes, a zero gravity position is a healthy way to sleep. This position relieves your pressure points and keeps your body in a neutral position by aligning your neck, spine, and hips. The zero gravity position gives you a weightless sensation, hence its name.
How long do adjustable beds last?
How long an adjustable bed lasts depends on the quality of the frame and mattress. Assuming medium to high quality, the frames last about 10-15 years, the mattress 7-10 years, and the motorized parts 5-10 years.
Do adjustable beds ruin mattresses?
Mattresses compatible with an adjustable bed will not become damaged when the bed is adjusted. Memory foam mattresses, latex beds, and hybrid mattresses are all flexible enough to bend with the frame as it moves.
What sleeping position relieves lower back pain?
Any sleeping position that keeps your spine straight and aligned with your hips and neck helps alleviate lower back pain. Side sleeping on an adjustable bed frame can help quite a bit with lower back pain. Lifting the head and foot of your mattresses while on your side relieves your pressure points and places your body in a neutral position. Sleeping on your back with your head and feet slightly elevated is also a good position for relieving lower back pain.
Can you use regular sheets on an adjustable bed?
You can use regular top sheets on an adjustable bed, but you do need special fitted sheets. This is because the corner pockets on a standard fitted sheet are not deep enough to keep them on the mattress as it constantly moves. There are a few ways to keep your sheets on an adjustable bed:
- Using fitted sheets with either deep pockets, which are 13-17 inches deep, or extra-deep pockets, which are 18-25 inches deep.
- Using adjustable bed sheet fasteners, which are two elastic straps with clasps on either end. They each attach to one corner of your fitted sheet, run diagonally across the bottom of your mattress, and attach to the opposite corner.
Side sleepers should consider investing in an adjustable bed. The best way to sleep on your side is with the head and foot of your bed slightly elevated to ensure your body is in a neutral position and free of pressure points. An adjustable frame makes doing this easy, while adding convenience and luxury to your bedtime routine and helping you get quality sleep.
Chris was a psychiatrist and neurologist with board certification in sleep medicine Clinical Associate Professor at the University of California. For over 10 years, he served and helped patients at Stanford Health Care-Stanford Hospital with their sleeping disorders.
After suffered from sleep disorders for years, Chris has been passionate about sleep health ever since. He wants to help others sleep better and wanted to make the world of sleep easy to understand for everyday people.