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If you are like me, you were probably a bit skeptical of waterbeds when they first came out. I remember thinking they sounded incredibly uncomfortable and like a lot more work than a regular bed. But, as it turns out, waterbeds come with a whole host of benefits that make them well worth considering!
Here I want to highlight some of the potential benefits of using a waterbed, so that you can make an informed decision about whether one might be right for you. That said, I am also aware that waterbeds aren’t for everyone, so I will also provide a few potential drawbacks to using one.
1. Better Back?
One of the most common reasons people choose waterbeds is for the support they offer. Waterbeds can be customized to provide different levels of support depending on your needs and preferences. This is thanks to the fact that waterbeds are filled with, you guessed it, water! This means that they can contour to your body in a way that a regular mattress simply cannot. This can be a huge relief for people who suffer from back pain as it can help to take pressure off of the spine and other sensitive areas.
A study conducted with 160 participants found that although there are potential positives of a waterbed on a participant's back in comparison to a hard mattress, the results weren't large and were similar to that of a foam bed.
2. Less Allergies and Dust Mites
Another great benefit of waterbeds is that they are naturally hypoallergenic. If you suffer from allergies, this can be a blessing! Regular mattresses are full of dust mites and other allergens that can trigger symptoms like sneezing, congestion, and itchy eyes. But because waterbeds don’t provide the same environment that dust mites need to thrive, they are much less likely to be a problem. This can provide some much-needed relief for allergy sufferers.
"Due to the composition of waterbeds, along with the removable wool top covers that come with all our waterbeds, dust mites can’t survive."
— Ultimate Waterbeds
3. Deeper Sleep
Waterbeds have also been shown to promote deeper, more restful sleep. I have found that when I have slept on waterbeds for a good period of time I am feeling more rested and less fatigued than when sleeping on a hard mattresses. The reason for this I believe is to be the same as the reason waterbeds are good for back pain (as we have touched on above)—the contouring support they offer.
This can help your body to relax more fully, leading to a deeper sleep. Additionally, waterbeds are also known for reducing tossing and turning at night. This is because the water in the mattress helps to evenly distribute your weight, which can minimize pressure points that can cause you to move around during the night.
Furthermore, a study on infants found that water beds helped with the reduction in "wakefulness" and the water bed "significantly improved the infants' sleep and motility".
4. They Last Longer
Waterbeds are also incredibly durable and long-lasting. In fact, if you take care of your waterbed properly, it can last for decades! This is thanks to the high-quality materials that waterbeds are made from. The most common type of waterbed on the market today is made from vinyl, which is a very strong and durable material. Additionally, waterbeds also have reinforced seams that help to prevent leaks.
"While a memory foam mattress may only last eight to ten years, a waterbed can last for up to twenty years (and may also come with an extensive warranty as well)."
— Helix Sleep
5. They’re Easy to Set Up and Maintain
At least from my experience, another great thing about waterbeds is that they are very easy to set up and maintain. Waterbeds come with everything you need to set them up, and the process is usually very straightforward. Additionally, waterbeds don’t require a lot of maintenance. You will need to add water to your waterbed every few months to top it off, but other than that, there isn’t much you need to do to keep your waterbed in good condition.
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6. Keep You Cool at Night
If you often find yourself waking up in the middle of the night feeling hot and sweaty, a waterbed could be a great solution. I often find myself too warm to sleep. Waterbeds are naturally cooler than regular mattresses because the water inside the mattress helps to regulate your body temperature. This can help you to stay cool and comfortable all night long, leading to a better night’s sleep.
7. They’re Fun!
Last but not least, waterbeds are just plain fun! There’s something about sleeping on a waterbed that just feels different—and in a good way. If you’re looking for a mattress that is unique and different from anything else on the market, a waterbed is definitely worth considering. I have found they are also an often interesting talking point when people come to stay.
Drawbacks Of Waterbeds
Of course, waterbeds are not perfect, and there are a few potential drawbacks that you should be aware of before you purchase one.
1. They Can Be Pricey
One of the biggest potential drawbacks of waterbeds is that they can be quite pricey. Waterbeds tend to be more expensive than regular mattresses, and they also require a few additional pieces of furniture, such as a waterbed frame and a waterbed heater. Additionally, waterbeds also require special sheets that can be quite pricey as well.
2. They Can Be Heavy
Another potential drawback of waterbeds is that they can be quite heavy. This is thanks to the water inside the mattress, which can make moving a waterbed quite difficult. If you think you might need to move your waterbed in the future, be sure to take this into consideration.
3. They May Leak
Another potential drawback of waterbeds is that they may leak. Waterbeds are made with high-quality materials that are designed to prevent leaks, but it is still possible for a waterbed to spring a leak. If this happens, you will need to empty the waterbed and fix the leak before you can use it again.
Waterbeds also come with a few additional accessories that you might need to purchase, such as a waterbed frame and a waterbed heater. These items can add to the overall cost of your waterbed, so be sure to take them into consideration when you are budgeting for your new mattress.
4. Maintenance Can Be Time Consuming
Another potential drawback of waterbeds is that they can require a bit more maintenance than regular mattresses. You will need to add water to your waterbed every few months to keep it full, and you may also need to periodically check for leaks. Additionally, you will need to purchase special sheets for your waterbed, which can be pricey. Plus a conditioner to add to the water to help keep it clean.
5. They May Not Be as Comfortable as Regular Mattresses
Finally, some people find that waterbeds are not as comfortable as regular mattresses—this is of course subjective. This is a matter of personal preference, but it is something to keep in mind if you are looking for a new mattress. Waterbeds can be quite comfortable, but they are not for everyone.
Overall, waterbeds have a lot of potential benefits, but there are also a few potential drawbacks that you should be aware of before you purchase one. Be sure to do your research and consider all of the pros and cons before you make your decision. And, if you do decide to purchase a waterbed, be sure to purchase the necessary accessories and sheets so that you can enjoy all of the benefits that waterbeds have to offer.
- Better backs by better beds?
- Are Waterbeds the Way to Better Sleep?
- Effects of water beds on the sleep and motility of theophylline-treated preterm infants
- Waterbed Mattress Guide: Pricing, Safety, Practicality & More
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2022 Elin Beck