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Answering Some Commonly Asked Questions About Waterbeds

by Martha Reed

Waterbeds are a great choice for anyone, but especially for those who have problems with their back and other areas of the body, or for anyone who wants a restful night's sleep. If you've ever thought about getting a waterbed for your home, note why they're such a good choice, especially for those who have back and muscle problems, along with a few commonly asked questions about these pieces overall.

Do waterbeds provide proper support?

Having proper support for your body overnight is very important for restful sleep and maximum comfort. However, standard coil or spring mattresses can put pressure on the back, not allowing muscles to relax, often causing backaches and other pain and stiffness during sleep. Waterbeds have no pressure points, and they allow the curves of your body to rest evenly on the surface for more comfortable sleep. A waterbed is firm enough so that you don't just sink into the bed, which then causes muscles to tense up to support you, but its surface is not so firm that your body also stays rigid and tense.

Do waterbeds leak?

When waterbeds first became popular some decades back, they often leaked, but today's waterbeds are made with stronger and more durable materials that are not likely to leak. These materials are soft and stretchy, so that they bend and flex when you move during the night. This means the bed liner is less likely to tear or rupture, and the bed is less likely to suffer leaks.

What is a waveless mattress?

A waveless mattress has foam or fibre inserts that help to control the movement of the water. This means you won't feel any motion from the bed when you move during the night, and you may be less likely to be awakened by that motion or any type of "sloshing" sound from the bed.

Do waterbeds get cold?

The strong and durable liners used for today's waterbeds help to insulate the water inside, so that it's less likely to get cold during winter months. However, most waterbeds are also available with a built-in heating system, so that you can adjust the water temperature to suit you. If you live in a very cold climate or have a cold and draughty house, or you need heat on your back and other areas of the body for better blood circulation, you might invest in a waterbed with a heater. This can ensure the water and the bed's surface is warm enough to keep you comfortable at night, no matter the outside temperature.