If you're looking for a new bed to improve deep sleep and overall sleep quality, and recovery, we have one question: Have you heard of a zero gravity bed?
Zero-gravity beds may seem like something out of a sci-fi movie, but they offer real-life advantages. Zero gravity beds are named for the position they put your body in and provide numerous health benefits. And while you won't necessarily be floating in mid-air, you will experience a weightless sensation that can help improve your sleep, recovery, and general well-being.
Let’s discuss the basics of zero gravity beds, the benefits of sleeping in the zero gravity position, and how ErgoSportive’s smart bed can help you achieve the best night’s sleep with zero gravity sleep technology.
What Is a Zero Gravity Bed?
A zero gravity bed is an adjustable bed with an automatic setting allowing you to raise the head and feet of the bed to sit or lie down more comfortably. If you share your bed with another person, a zero gravity split king bed design offers personalized controls over position and, ultimately, sleeping comfort.
What Is the Zero Gravity Position?
The zero gravity position is named after the neutral body position (NBP) developed by NASA to mimic weightlessness in space. A zero-gravity sleeping position puts your head and feet slightly above your heart as you sleep on your back. The placement is at a 120-degree angle.
The ErgoSportive adjustable bed frame is the ultimate solution for a restful and rejuvenating sleep. With the press of a button, you can choose the one-touch preset for zero-gravity position—a unique feature that can improve comfort and relaxation and unlock several sleep quality and recovery benefits.
What Are the Benefits of Zero Gravity Sleep Position?
While zero gravity sleeping isn't for everyone, there are several benefits to sleeping in the zero gravity position that may aid your sleep quality and overall health. Here are four to consider:
The zero gravity sleep position is ideal for someone who sleeps on their back but tends to snore. Snoring is the direct result of the soft tissue in your throat and excess tissue in the neck obstructing your airway. Loud snoring is a common symptom of obstructive sleep apnea.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea
When someone has obstructive sleep apnea, the muscles in their throat relax when they sleep. This allows the soft palate and other structures in the throat to slide back and close the airway. With the airway closed, you stop breathing. After a few seconds, your brain wakes you up to get you to breathe again.
Obstructive sleep apnea is a serious medical condition. It can lead to:
- Daytime sleepiness
- High blood pressure
- Heart problems
- Type 2 diabetes
- Metabolic syndrome
- Complications from other medical problems
- Liver damage
One possible solution for obstructive sleep apnea is sleeping on your back with your head elevated in a zero gravity position. When in the zero gravity sleep position, your head is elevated. That can prevent the tissue in your throat from falling backward and blocking your airway.
People experiencing circulation problems in the legs can also benefit from a zero gravity bed. The zero gravity sleep position raises your feet slightly above your heart, helping improve circulation in the legs and feet. Since this kind of edema or swelling in the lower extremities can put you at risk for blood clots in the legs, it’s best to reduce the opportunity for swelling whenever possible.
Acid Reflux & Digestion
Acid reflux, or the more severe form known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), occurs when stomach acid flows up the esophagus. Lifestyle changes are necessary to manage this disease, such as avoiding greasy foods and losing weight.
Acid reflux tends to get worse at night. Adjusting how you sleep is another way to control it. When it comes to acid reflux, gravity is your friend. Changing your sleep position so your head is slightly raised can help keep stomach acid from rising and aid in better digestion.
Lying flat on your back, on the other hand, takes gravity out of play. This means stomach acid can quickly rise into the esophagus. Left untreated, acid reflux can cause damage to the esophagus and may lead to esophageal cancer.
Neck & Back Pain
The zero gravity sleeping position also takes the strain off critical joints and your spine. When combined with a neutral posture during the day, zero gravity at night can mean less neck, lower back, and sciatica pain.
The Zero Gravity Position and Exercise Recovery
In addition to improving sleep with certain health conditions, the zero gravity position can help athletes recover after exercise.
Have you ever noticed runners placing their hands on their knees to rest? This is an instinctive position that helps reduce the amount of weight on our joints and muscles. This vertical version of the zero gravity position allows for better diaphragm function and immediate recovery from high-intensity training.
Similarly, resting the body in a neutral, zero gravity position can also promote recovery efforts by taking pressure off of aching joints. If exercise-induced pain makes it difficult to sleep, a zero gravity position may help take pressure off of your back, spine, and legs, helping you to fall asleep and, in turn, allow your body to heal and recover.
Whether you’re sipping on a recovery drink after your workout, or repositioning your body to ease pressure and discomfort throughout the night, the ErgoSportive's smart bed offers a one-touch preset for the zero gravity position to help you achieve a stress-free position.
The Zero Gravity Position and Mobility
In addition to aiding muscle recovery after exercise, the ErgoSportive smart bed can also be beneficial for those with reduced mobility or who like to work out in the morning.
By elevating the legs and torso and simulating weightlessness, the zero gravity position can help elongate and stretch the muscles, relieve pressure in the lower back, increase flexibility, and improve circulation. For those struggling to get out of bed due to injury, the neutral body position can help you sit up and get out of bed without extra strain on the muscles or joints.
Zero Gravity Bed Benefits
Zero gravity beds combine the benefits of the zero gravity sleep position with modern conveniences for a personalized sleeping experience.
With an adjustable frame, like the ErgoSportive smart bed, your bed becomes a place to read and watch TV comfortably. You can even charge your devices on the bed frame using the USB 3.0 and USB-C ports on each side of the bed. The head can be raised so you are sitting upright, and with the touch of a button, the frame will go to a zero gravity position (or any position you prefer) when you are ready to sleep.
Built-In Sleep Technology for a Better Sleep
Deep or slow-wave sleep is when your body and mind regenerate. As such, it’s the most important sleep stage humans need to repair and replenish health and energy. Today’s most advanced zero gravity beds are designed with better sleep in mind, and they do much more than simply adjust.
For instance, the ErgoSportive adjustable smart bed is the only zero gravity bed on the market that connects to a Garmin smartwatch. The ErgoSportive app uses daytime activity (collected by your Garmin), along with your recent sleep performance (collected by the ErgoSportive smart bed) and uses this combined data to make suggestions for better sleep and recovery.
The smart system in the ErgoSportive adjustable smart bed measures and reports key health metrics. Within the app you can view deep sleep, light sleep, time awake, total sleep, heart rate, respiratory rate, and sleep movement to help you monitor your health and recovery from athletic training. You can even view these metrics over a day, week, month or year to see trends.
The sensors are all non-contact, so you don't know the bed monitors your vital data until you check the next day. The non-contact sensors also mean you don’t have to wear a smartwatch or sleep tracker to see your sleep data.
The ErgoSportive adjustable bed also has a one-touch flat position and a One-Touch Zero-G button to help you find the perfect position for your health and sleep. You could be in the zero gravity position within seconds. There are also two programmable presets that allow you to set your favorite position for easy access.
Snorers will also benefit from the bed's anti-snore feature. If you snore, the sensors in the bed will automatically raise the head to improve your airflow. It also comes with two vibration levels and a programmable timer, so you fall asleep and wake up to the gentle, relaxing movement.
Achieve Better Sleep with a Zero Gravity Bed by ErgoSportive
If you're looking for a way to improve your sleep and overall well-being, consider the benefits of zero gravity sleeping.
ErgoSportive's adjustable smart bed offers a variety of features to help you get the most out of your sleep, including the ability to connect to a smartwatch and monitor the quality of your sleep. With built-in sleep technology, convenience, and personalized controls, the ErgoSportive adjustable smart bed is the perfect solution for anyone looking to improve their sleep quality.
Don't settle for an ordinary bed when you can experience the benefits of zero gravity sleeping with ErgoSportive. Try it at home with our 30-day in-home trial!