A good mattress and bed are critical to recovery, rest and regeneration not only for athletes but also the elderly and people living with a disability.
Specialty bedding store Adjustacare, at Warners Bay, stock a wide range of mattresses suitable for athletes and sports people including the globally recognised Mlily range.
"Mlilly is involved in a 10-year partnership with Premier League soccer club Manchester United and has worked closely with staff and players in their sleep pod research stations to create mattresses which maximise sleep and recovery," said Karen Millington, who along with husband Ian, owns and operates Adjustacare at Warners Bay.
With ever-increasing evidence about the crucial role sleep plays in overall health and wellbeing, there has been a bigger focus on the importance of investing in the right bed to help you achieve the best quality sleep.
Part of that has been the quiet evolution of adjustable beds that can be customised to an individual's personal needs at the press of a button
"Research shows that adjustable beds deliver a wide range of benefits, not only for people recovering from sports injury but also the elderly and people living with a disability," Karen said.
"All adjustable beds have a "Zero G" (Zero Gravity) position, which essentially means the knee rests above the heart. The Zero Gravity Position mimics weightlessness and is considered beneficial for recovery."
Other medical benefits of the Zero G position include improved heart health, decreased lower back pain, relaxes sore muscles, alleviates acid reflux/GERD, reduces swelling and edema, and improves breathing.
For the elderly, adjustable beds can help reduce pain and enhance independence, allowing them to stay in their own homes for longer and enjoy a better quality of life.
"They can also help those suffering from restless legs, snoring, sleep apnoea, insomnia, asthma, diabetes, hip, knee and ankle pain, poor circulation, lower back pain and sciatica," Karen said.
Some people are forced to sleep in their recliner to get the relief needed, not realising the much better alternative is an adjustable bed.
"These types of beds allow people to have a reclining foot section but the head lifted which can be a real game changers if they have head issues, or a snoring problem," Karen said.
"Adjustable bed can help with numerous health conditions and are set to become even more popular as designs in Australia improve."
Adjustable beds are not necessarily more expensive than normal beds or mattress either.
"Ultimately, it comes down to how much you value your sleep," Karen said. "We spend over a third of our lives in bed so it's important we invest in sleep health so that we can perform to our optimum and maximise quality of life."
Adjustacare is an NDIS Preferred Supplier and has the largest range of adjustable beds, mattresses and lift chairs in Newcastle.
"We aim to provide information so that customers can make informed decisions about what bed or mattress will suit their individual needs," Karen said.
"There are so many options out there in terms of mattresses and adjustable beds. Our specifically-focused store allows customers to see more in one place, catering for a whole range of needs."
If you can't come to the store Karen and Ian also have a mobile van set up to come to you by appointment. To find out more please call Adjustacare on 02 4017 2626.