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15 Ways an Adjustable Bed Can Help Your Health

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Oak Tree Team

20th December, 2023

Our height adjustable beds are specially designed to improve your quality of life, provide exceptional comfort and ease any physical pain you may be experiencing. At the touch of a button, they can lift you into a semi-contoured position which supports your entire body while you sleep in the perfect sleeping position. Read on to see how an adjustable bed can help your health and give you a great night’s sleep.


Arthritis causes pain and inflammation in the joints. There are two main types of arthritis; osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis is when the smooth cartilage that lines the joints starts to roughen which causes ligaments and tendons to work harder. This causes swelling, pain, difficulty moving and the formation of osteophytes. It’s most common in the hands, spine, knee, hips and feet. Rheumatoid arthritis is when the body’s immune system targets your joints causing pain, swelling, the joints to change shape and cartilage to break down.

How can an adjustable divan bed help with Arthritis?

The adjustable beds are electrically operated, meaning all the pressure on your joints is taken away when you’re getting in and out of bed because you can bring the head of the bed up and down at the click of a button. You can also get the bed into a semi-contoured position, where your back and legs are slightly raised alleviating pain in all your major joints. Click here to read more about how our products can help with Osteoarthritis.

Elderly lady with arthritis

Back problems

Back pain is a common ailment which normally improves within a few weeks or months. Pain can range in location from the lower back to the spine, hips or neck. If it lingers on it can cause significant pain and may be caused by a sprain, strain, slipped disc or sciatica. The problem with back pain is that it’s very hard to diagnose the cause of the pain.

How can an electric adjustable bed help with back pain?

Whatever the cause of the back pain, the shallow contoured position of the adjustable bed provides support to aid your back. You can raise the head of the bed to make it easier to get in and out of the bed without straining your back.

Circulation problems

You can usually help circulation issues by keeping warm. However, when poor circulation is caused by your capillaries wearing out over time, this can become more serious. This can cause swelling in the legs, ankles and feet and can cause pain, numbness, pins and needles and difficulty moving.

How can an adjustable bed improve blood circulation?

The leg section of the bed can be elevated at the touch of a button. Sleeping with your legs slightly elevated can promote circulation and reduce swelling overnight. Click here to find 6 easy ways to improve your circulation.


COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) is the name of a group of lung conditions that causes trouble breathing, including emphysema and chronic bronchitis. These are often caused by smoking or long-term exposure to harmful fumes or dust. Symptoms include breathlessness, chesty cough with mucus, frequent chest infections and persistent wheezing.

How can an adjustable bed help with COPD?

Sleeping with the head of the bed slightly raised will help open up the airflow and make breathing easier whilst sleeping. Click here to read more about how to relieve your COPD with an adjustable bed.

Person with COPD

Heart Disease

Heart disease is an umbrella term for a range of conditions that affect the heart including coronary artery disease, heart valves or rhythm problems, narrowed or blocked veins that can cause heart attacks, chest pain (angina) or strokes. These diseases can cause symptoms ranging from chest pain, shortness of breath, numbness, irregular heartbeat, dizziness, swelling and fatigue.

How can an adjustable bed help with heart disease?

Sleeping with your legs raised will improve circulation and encourage the blood to flow back to the heart, reducing any swelling and pressure on your heart.

Hip replacement

A hip replacement is a common surgical procedure to replace a damaged hip with an artificial one. Damaged hips cause reduced mobility issues and pain even while resting. Hips can be damaged due to osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, a hip fracture, septic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis or bone dysplasia (related to unusual bone growth).

How can an adjustable bed help recover from a hip replacement?

Sleeping with your legs raised helps keep the pressure off your hips and can aid in the recovery. The mattress and semi-contoured position will perfectly support your recovering hip joint. Find out how a rise and recline chair can help you recover from a hip replacement here.

Knee replacement

This is a common surgical procedure that involves replacing a damaged, worn or diseased knee with an artificial joint. Knee joints can be damaged through osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, haemophilia, gout, unusual bone growth, death of bones due to blood supply problems, knee injury, knee deformity with pain and loss of cartilage.

How can an adjustable bed help me recover from a knee replacement?

Sleeping with your legs raised relieves joint pain allowing it to heal quicker and the semi-contoured position of the bed provides ultimate support for your recovering knee.

Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a condition that affects the spinal cord and brain, causing a wide range of symptoms, including problems with vision, arm or leg movement, sensation, paralysis, muscle spasm, tremors, reduction in circulation or balance.

How can an adjustable bed help with Multiple Sclerosis (MS)?

Sleeping in the shallow semi-contoured position will help relax the body and increase circulation by having your legs raised. The additional add-on of the massage feature can also help with muscle spasm.


Oedema is the swelling of the ankles, feet or legs. It is caused by a build-up of fluid due to standing or sitting in the same position for too long, eating too much salty food, being overweight, pregnancy, taking blood-pressure medicines, contraceptive pills, anti-depressants or steroids, injury, insect bite, problems with your kidneys, liver or heart, a blood clot or an infection.

How can an adjustable bed help with Oedema?

Elevation of the bottom of the bed overnight can improve your circulation. The add-on massage feature can also help to reduce the circumference of the swelling.


Osteoporosis is the condition that causes your bone density to decrease over time, making them fragile and more likely to break. It’s often diagnosed when a sudden impact or fall causes a break or fracture.

How can an adjustable bed help prevent broken bones?

Support from the shallow semi-contoured position reduces your pressure points, allowing bones to heal quicker. A memory foam mattress will mould itself to your body shape, making it less likely that your bones will break.

Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s disease is a condition in which parts of the brain become progressively damaged over many years. The brain damage affects the motor system and produces symptoms like involuntary shaking or tremors, slow movement and inflexible muscles. As the disease progresses it becomes increasingly difficult to carry out day-to-day activities.

How can an adjustable bed help cope with Parkinson’s Disease?

Our range of mattresses ensures comfort, coupled with the fact you can adjust the bed to a position which maximises support for your body.


Sciatica is when the sciatic nerve, which runs from your hips to your feet, is irritated. Therefore, it can cause pain in your bottom, the back of your legs, feet and toes. You may feel pain, tingling, numbness or weakness. It can be caused by prolapsed or slipped disc, spinal stenosis or spondylolisthesis. It usually gets better between 4 to 6 weeks but it can last longer.

How can an adjustable bed ease sciatic pain?

Support from the lower back down to the lower legs via a slight elevation releases the tension caused by the nerve entrapment.

X-ray showing someone with Sciatica


A stroke is a serious life-threatening medical condition that happens when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off. It can result in the inability to move or feel on one side of the body, trouble understanding, trouble speaking and/or loss of vision.

How can an adjustable bed help after a stroke?

We have different mattress types available to give you maximum comfort. The user-friendly controls can be applied to either the left- or right-handed side.


Poor circulation can cause fluid to accumulate in the legs which cause swelling in the ankles. Your ankles, legs or feet could look swollen or puffy. They could also have shiny stretched or red skin.

How can an adjustable bed help with swollen ankles?

Sleeping with the legs elevated helps to increase circulation and reduce swelling.

Trouble getting up

We understand that losing your independence can be frustrating. Not being able in and out of bed on your own can affect your mental health and cause you increasing discomfort.

How can an adjustable bed help me get in and out of bed?

Our adjustable beds enable you to get in and out of bed a lot easier when the mattress is raised at the head.

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