The American Sleep Foundation estimates that two-thirds of Americans struggle to get refreshing, renewing sleep. For millions of those Americans, their struggles stem from chronic pain or discomfort. In fact, the National Sleep Foundation has reported that half of American adults experience chronic pain. The back is a major source of pain for many Americans, resulting in an overall decrease in health and well-being. Flat beds tend to exacerbate back problems because they fail to fill in the gaps created between the mattress and the S-shaped spine, ultimately resulting in loss of quality sleep. Many, however, find that they sleep better at night when using adjustable beds.
Adjustable beds are popular especially for older adults, though their mechanics sometimes elicit the need for repairs. Here, we’ll look at a few tips for reducing the likelihood that you’ll have to call an adjustable bed repair service.
Dos and Don’ts for Adjustable Bed Care
The key to avoiding costly adjustable bed repair service calls is prevention.
Do be sure to:
- Rotate your mattress from head to foot once a month to keep temporary depressions from becoming permanent.
- Examine your power cord and any hand control cord for damage regularly. Beds pushed to close to a wall can damage the power plug, as can household pets.
Try not to:
- Overload the wall outlet with too many appliances. If possible, only plug the bed into the outlet.
- Sit on the edge of the mattress. Adjustable beds are more prone to deformity than traditional flat beds because of the soft edge allowing them to bend.
- Sit on the foot of the bed. It puts extra stress on the motor and can cause the unit to fail.
If Something Goes Wrong…
Before you call for adjustable bed repair service, do a little troubleshooting on your own.
If there is no power to the bed:
- Confirm that the bed is plugged in.
- Check the household circuit.
- Look to see if the outlet is controlled by a wall switch that’s been turned off.
- Check your power cord for damage.
- Unplug the power cord, wait ten seconds, and then plug it back in.
- Check the batteries in your remote.
If you have dual beds and they are uneven:
- Move the beds so that they are even and check to make sure that all wheels are in the locked position.
Adjustable beds are ideal for those looking to achieve better sleep and reduce back pain. As long as you care for your bed appropriately, you shouldn’t have to call for repairs on your investment. As always, be sure to read the manual carefully and follow all manufacturer instructions.