If you wake up sore in the morning or tired, you probably mention it to your friends or coworkers. Everyone has a little advice or way to help you sleep better at night. You may have heard someone mention the idea of a zero-gravity bed position. Of course, you’ve never heard of this and wonder if it might help you get a better night’s sleep. Here’s everything you need to know about a zero gravity bed position.
What Is Zero Gravity?
You’ve known about gravity since you were in elementary school and learned about the guy who got hit in the head with an apple. Gravity is what keeps on the earth. Of course, this constant pull on your bones and joints causes your body to age and become achy in all the wrong places.
In space, there isn’t gravity, and sometimes, when you go fast enough and a particular angle in an airplane you can achieve zero gravity. So how can you have a zero gravity bed position?
What Is a Zero Gravity Sleep Position?
While most people can’t reach zero gravity, you can sleep in a zero-gravity position. This helps to remove the stress and pressure on your body while you sleep.
The zero gravity position was originally created to help astronauts heading into space. Needless to say, it adds a lot of stress to the body to rocket into space, so NASA created the zero gravity position for astronauts to assume for liftoff. This position helps to minimize the pressure that astronauts feel on their spine during lift off.
To truly assume the zero gravity position you have to make sure your:
- Torso and thighs are at equal angles from the hip.
- The upper body is elevated.
- Knees are bent.
- Legs are raised to about chest level.
You can easily achieve this position if you own an adjustable bed. It makes it much easier to raise your head and legs above your heart and stomach. There are many benefits to sleeping in a zero-gravity sleep position.
Benefits of an Elevated Bed Position
Before you start moving your adjustable bed into new positions and learning to sleep in a new position, you want to know that there are benefits. Fortunately, there are many health benefits for sleeping in a zero-gravity position.
Here are a few things to consider:
i) Deeper Sleep and Easier to Fall Asleep
According to NPR, around 60 million Americans are affected by insomnia each year. While sleeping in a zero-gravity position isn’t guaranteed to solve insomnia, it can help you relax more effectively. You remove pressure on your joints and muscles in this position and places your spine in a comfortable position. With the stress taken off your body, you’ll find that you sleep more deeply than you did lying flat.
ii) Helps Relieve Neck and Back Pain
When you lie on a traditional mattress, there are gaps between your body and the mattress in places. The places that do touch the mattress absorb the stress of the places that aren’t touching. This can leave you with a crick in your neck and unexplained back pain in the morning.
When you sleep in the zero-gravity position, the weight of your body is more evenly spread out. Also, your spine is in a stress-free position. This helps you relax and also keeps you from waking up achy in the morning. Who doesn’t like waking up without aches and pains?
iii) Breathe Easy and Snore Less
If you snore or you have a partner that snores, you know what a problem it can be even if it isn’t associated with sleep apnea. There are many causes for snoring and not all of them can be helped with a zero-gravity position but some can.
If you snore because of the position of your tongue or unusual pressure on the throat, then the zero-gravity position can help curb your snoring. In the zero-gravity sleep position, your head is at a 30 to 45-degree angle. This helps to relieve pressure on your throat. Your airways are more open, and this means that you breathe easier and snores less.
The angle of your head in this sleep position can also settle your tongue in a more normal position. If you want to breathe easier and snore less, you need to try the zero-gravity position on your adjustable bed.
iv) Better Circulation
With your legs slightly raised, the blood flows more easily through your body. This provides a lot of health benefits. With better circulation, you’ll find the following benefits:
- A reduction in swollen hands and feet
- Faster healing
- Reduces the chance of blood clots
- And more
Your doctor may recommend the zero-gravity bed position if you have heart disease, diabetes, or challenges with high blood pressure. When you’re sleeping in this position, your blood circulates more easily, and it also helps blood flow more easily through your heart muscle.
v) Better Digestion
When you sleep at night, your bodily functions slow down, which is why you should only eat a light snack late at night. Of course, another reason for slower digestion is because when you lie flat, it can cause problems with digestion. This can cause problems falling and staying asleep.
However, in the zero-gravity position, the upper party of your body is higher than your stomach. This allows your body to digest food normally. It can help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep. When you’re properly digesting your food, you may find it easier to lose weight, feel more energetic, and help your overall mood.
vi) Reduced Occurrences of Heartburn
There is nothing worse than waking up with heartburn and acid reflux. When you sleep in a traditional position, acid can easily come up from your stomach without gravity to keep it in place. The beauty of sleeping in an elevated position is that your head is above your stomach and the acid stays there.
At No Bull Mattress, we have a mattress to suit your taste from pillow top to firm in all the sizes you need. When you’re ready to shop for a new mattress to try the zero-gravity position, contact us to learn more.
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