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Frequently Asked Questions About Waterbeds
Who invented waterbeds?
The Persians used the earliest waterbed some 3000 years ago, who slept on warmed goatskin water bags, which were used for carrying water.
A British physician, Dr. William Hooperback in 1851, first devised modern waterbeds. He recognized the benefits of a pressure reduced surface in the treatment of a number of medical conditions and made a basic water filled mattress from rubber.
In the 60's an American, Charles Hall, refined the construction by using hi-tech materials and sophisticated production techniques into the PVC based mattresses, which are familiar today.
What are the advantages of having a waterbed?
Waterbeds offer five important benefits:
Total back and body support
Minimal surface pressure
A genuinely hygienic mattress
Controlled temperature
Incredible durability
The essential ingredients for a good nights sleep.
Are there different types of waterbeds?
There are basically three types of waterbeds on offer today
The original "Hard Sided" where the design of your frame becomes in the main, a feature of your bedroom furniture, but is there to house the water mattress.
The "Soft Sided" has a cushioned frame to support the mattress. It can look and be dressed just like a conventional sprung bed.
The "Conversion" is the best of both worlds, having a frame that is a focal point to compliment any existing furniture, but has the cushioned side for the ease of getting in and out.
Are there different mattresses and can they be changed or altered?
Most manufacturers now offer a range of five mattresses each having different stabilities. The well-known "free flow" has the maximum amount of movement, which can then be reduced through the range in stages up to 99%. These may also be offered in a dual system, where two mattresses are used giving independent control to each partner. Once a mattress stability has been chosen it cannot be altered without changing the mattress, however, adding or removing the water generally adjusts the softness and firmness.
I am told I need a firm bed for my back. Are waterbeds good for backs?
In many cases the worst bed to sleep on is a soft, shapeless mattress that provides little support. In the past, a firm bed was thought to be best for backs, but the firmness increases the points of hard contact between you and the mattress, causing pressure points. These points often restrict blood circulation and induce more tossing and turning during the night, which your subconscious allows.
A waterbed provides the best support for your body. The displacement of water conforms to your body shape without the pressure points; the firmness or softness you require can then be adjusted by the water level.
What are the medical benefits with a waterbed?
In fact, the medical benefits of a waterbed were being appreciated and developed long before the modern commercial waterbed was in production. It was realised that "the effect of weightlessness" relieved bedsores and assisted in burn injuries. The even support and warmth of a waterbed is particularly beneficial to those suffering from arthritis and/or rheumatism. Waterbeds are also used in the care of premature babies and have been a great help to pregnant and nursing mothers.
They are also recommended for asthma and allergy suffers as a water filled mattress cannot harbour dust or bacteria. The mattress is easily cleaned, most covers are removable and can be washed to eliminate the build up of the irritating house dust mite.
Research has proven that people fall into a deeper sleep quicker on a waterbed contributing to a better health and a more relaxed state of mind.