While they’re not as common as they once were, water beds are still a mattress option, and you may be wondering whether or not it’s the right way to go for you. There are numerous conflicting articles and information out there, so what’s the real deal with waterbeds?

Based on evidence, water beds can both be good or bad for your back depending on the make-up. For instance, old fashioned water beds with a poor inner support system can provide less lumbar support, creating a similar effect to sitting in a bean bag. These types of beds allow the lumbar area or the lower back to sag in time while you sleep, which can lead to back problems in the long run. Aside from the old-fashioned water beds, those with full wave features or action also provide less back and can put extra stress on the vertebrae and joints. Armed with these pieces of information, you can understand why it is imperative to choose a water bed that offers benefits rather than harm.

The good thing about most water beds today is that they are made using newer technology and ergonomic features that can actually be good for your back. In fact, there are several advantages of getting a water bed; as long as you choose the right one. The following are some of the benefits of these “modern” water beds:

  1. Allows for better back muscle relaxation.
  2. Modern water beds provide equal pressure on different parts of the body, esepcially the back. This allows the muscles to relax more while you sleep even more than what conventional mattresses can provide. The equal pressure in water beds make it a good option for bedridden patients because it reduces the occurrence of bed sores.
  3. Provides temperature control. During winter, you can adjust the heater to make you warm and comfortable, and during summer you can make the bed cooler. The more comfortable you are, the better you will sleep.
  4. Modern water beds allow you to control the water flow inside.
  5. Chambered and baffled water beds have less water motion, preventing sagging of the back that you get from old-fashioned water beds.
  6. Water beds may also be good for those with allergies. Since it is made with vinyl, it avoids the effects of bed bugs and dust mites that can trigger allergies.

Choosing the right bed is a big decision that requires some research, but if you put in the effort to finding the right bed for your needs, it is possible to find one that is just right for you. If you would like to discuss back pain or how to choose the proper mattress, Dr. Mohr would be happy to discuss this during your next visit. Please call (813) 983-7921 or request an appointment here.