15 Jul What is the Zero-Gravity Sleep Position?
When we sleep on a traditional mattress, the area of our body that is touching the bed is often subjected to pressure from the weight of the rest of the body. This is a natural result of most mattresses, which are designed to provide some padding under our bodies during sleep, but are not specifically contoured to each individual person’s body — but a possible solution here for some sleepers is the zero-gravity position.
At 2 Brothers Mattress, we’re proud to offer not only a huge range of mattresses, but also adjustable bed frames and other products that make it possible for clients to sleep in several different positions based on their needs. What is the zero-gravity sleep position, what are some of its benefits, and why is an adjustable bed often perfect for these needs? Here’s a primer.
Zero-Gravity Sleep Position Basics and Benefits
First invented by NASA astronauts as a way to reduce stress on the body during spaceflight, the zero-gravity sleep position is simply a way of lying down in which your body is almost completely horizontal. The torso and thighs are both at equal angles from the hip, with the knees bent and the upper body elevated. The legs are raised roughly to chest level, and the head is also elevated with a pillow.
This position takes any pressure off of the spine, since the natural curvature of the spine is maintained and there’s no weight on any one particular area. It’s often recommended by doctors and physical therapists for people who experience back pain, since it can provide some pain relief by decompressing the spine. It’s also a good position for people who experience GERD or other digestive issues, since gravity can help keep the stomach acids where they belong.
For instance, say you’re a side sleeper and you often wake up with a crick in your neck. An adjustable bed can help you find the perfect zero-gravity position for sleeping on your side, which can take the pressure off of your neck and spine and help you sleep more comfortably through the night.
Why Adjustable Beds are Perfect for Zero-Gravity Sleep
While zero-gravity sleep can be achieved in a few ways, such as by using a special pillow or sleeping in a recliner chair, the best way to achieve it is with an adjustable bed. Adjustable beds allow you to raise and lower different parts of the bed to find the perfect position for your needs, whether that’s zero-gravity sleep, sleeping on your back, or something else entirely.
At 2 Brothers Mattress, we carry a wide range of adjustable beds from some of the top brands in the industry. We can help you find the perfect bed for your needs, whether you’re looking for something basic or something with all the bells and whistles. And, because we’re an online retailer, we can offer these beds at a fraction of the cost of what you’ll find in stores.
If you’re interested in trying out zero-gravity sleep or you’re looking for an adjustable bed to help you sleep better, we invite you to browse our selection and contact us with any questions. Our experienced team is always happy to help!