An old proverb says, “A good laugh and long sleep are the best cures for anything!” That may be true, but a good night’s sleep is a long-forgotten dream for some people. Data shows that 35.2% of adults sleep for less than seven hours per night. Studies have shown the importance of rest to maintain both physical and mental health, especially during vulnerable times, like pregnancy or recovering after an injury. While there are various ways to ensure good sleep, the bed is a great place to start.
Bed positioners are useful tools for bedrooms at home as well as in assisted care facilities, hospitals, and senior living areas, as they ensure that one can sleep in the best position suited to their health needs. They are available as wedges in various shapes and sizes that can be placed beneath or between the legs and knees and even under the head. They allow you to sleep comfortably, without disturbance.
Research evaluating a large population of sleepers revealed that 54.1% of their total time in bed was spent sleeping on their side, 37.5% sleeping on their back, and 7.3% sleeping on their stomach, showing that people tend to change their sleeping positions frequently during the night. Switching up positions may cause disturbed sleeping patterns, especially in the following conditions.
Senior citizens or patients with disabilities face the dangers of falling out of their beds while they are sleeping or changing positions. Falls are the most common cause of non-fatal injuries in people above 65 years, attributing to 15% of rehospitalizations. There is a range of bed equipment that can be used to prevent falls in elderly or disabled patients, which include:
Elderly and disabled patients or those who are bedridden with limited mobility are at risk of developing pressure ulcers. This is due to the unrelenting pressure applied to parts of the skin that are in constant contact with a hard surface like a bed or a chair. Pressure ulcers or bedsores are extremely painful and may become infected, requiring trips to the emergency room or hospital admissions in severe cases. Statistics show that bedsores affect more than 3 million adults nationwide and are a growing health and safety concern in hospitals and care facilities. They are chronic conditions that require constant supervision and care, which is why prevention is definitely better than cure.
Nurses, aides, and caregivers usually ensure that bedridden patients, especially elderly or obese individuals, are turned periodically to change their sleeping or resting positions. This can be made easier with the help of bed positioners that keep patients both comfortable and safe.
Pressure relief equipment either provides a protective surface or allows the patient to move away from stagnant positions to alleviate the force on the skin. Air pressure prevention mattresses, bed pads, and mattress overlays provide soft surfaces that reduce the damage done to dependent body parts, like the back of the heels and head, elbows, or back of the hips. Studies show that support surfaces like mattress overlays and cushions are able to distribute the surface pressure more evenly to protect the vulnerable surfaces of the body. Foam, fluid, bead, or air-filled mattresses also provide a softer, more pliable surface and are effective in reducing bed sores.
As F. Scott Fitzgerald often said, “The worst thing in the world is to try to sleep and not to.” We have seen that the right bed equipment and bed positioning devices certainly go a long way in providing comfort for those who struggle with insomnia, disturbed sleeping patterns, and those recovering from injuries or fractures.
At Arvada Pharmacy, we have a wide range of bed equipment that can help bring your dream of a good night’s sleep into reality! Contact us to know more.
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