Mattress and Bedding Guide for People with Disabilities
Guest Blog WRITTEN BY Will Ponce
Inspirational actor and folk singer Chris Burke (also a Goodwill Ambassador for the National Down Syndrome Society) is famous not only for his work but also for having said that “it’s not our disabilities, it’s our abilities that count.” He spoke for all the people with a disability who constructively live their lives, proving that what you do is what matters.
While the positive attitude is vital, we need to understand that disabilities impact people in different ways. One crucial element of life which can be affected is sleep. I came across a recent study which concluded that almost every disability diagnosed nowadays leads to some sleep disorder, with causes that vary from one person to another.
Earlier research has examined the various effects of sleep deprivation in cases of people with different disabilities. Chronic pain was amongst those effects, as well as migraines, the circadian rhythm disorder and other severe health issues, all related to lack of proper rest. Experts agree that addressing the sleep issues of people with disabilities (both adults and children) can improve their mood and physical well-being. But science is still exploring various strategies on that topic.
Meanwhile, the sleep industry offers plenty of specialized beds, mattresses, bedding accessories and functional devices to help people with disabilities improve their much-needed repose. I put together a short list of the most available products designed to upgrade the rest of any person living with a disability.
- Waterproof mattresses: the enduring materials in these mattresses do not take in moisture. If cleaned properly on a regular basis, they don’t stain or pick up a bad smell.
- Air mattresses: they are designed to improve blood circulation and maximize comfort while sleeping. They also prevent conditions that may occur due to extended bed rest.
- Utterly firm mattresses: they provide the right support for people with disabilities, especially if they experience a weight problem. The best way to find the perfect one is to read the MattressMatchers helpful guides carefully to know what the ideal choice would be for you or the person in your care.
- Ultra-soft materials: memory foam or latex mattresses create an outlined surface which helps relieve pressure points, making them ideal for people with specific physical disabilities.
- Mattress elevators: the adjustable metal frames placed beneath the mattress provide the best angle for sleeping. They can be situated at the head or the foot of the bed, addressing various disabilities and physical conditions.
- Adjustable beds: most models are electric and remote-controlled so that anyone can adjust the position and sleeping angle with minimal effort.
- Chair beds: they are dedicated to people with limited daily mobility.
- Turning beds: their main feature is a mattress which can be revolved to accommodate various sleeping positions.
- Low-profile beds: designed to be closer to the floor, they help people getting out of them to stop worrying about height. They are a more secure alternative for those who may roll or fall out of bed because of their disability.
- Bed rails: they extend the length of the bed and also prevent the rolling out of it.
- Grab handles and bed steps: their mission is to assist the people who need help getting out or into bed, lying down or sitting up on it.
- Hand blocks: they are compact, portable and can be attached to various areas of the bed frame. They are extremely beneficial for people with chronic pains or who depend on chamber pots.
- Headboard pads: these soft cushions get placed against the headboard to prevent potential head or neck injuries during sleep.
- Neck and body pillows: they play a crucial role in the sleep habits of people with disabilities. Manufactured from memory foam or other supporting materials, they are incredibly beneficial to those with chronic pains.
The wisest solution for people with a disability would be to combine various sleeping-aid items, such as a particular type of bed with a specific mattress and the necessary bedding accessories (depending on the individual requirements). That way, you or the ones in your care will enjoy a safe, healthy rest, which will undoubtedly increase the quality of life.
Will Ponce is a hobby writer that enjoys writing on the topic of sleep health. His true passion is to teach people about the unknown truths.