Even distribution of pressure
A waterbed shapes itself exactly to every part of your
body providing even distribution of pressure and a restful
nights sleep. Waterbed sleepers move only occasionally
during the night, about once an hour. People suffering
chronic pain appreciate the health characteristics of a
The modern waterbed can be traced to Dr. William Hooper of
Britain who recognised the benefits of a pressure-free
waterbed surface in 1851. He introduced waterbeds using a
rubber mattress to treat certain medical disorders.
Waterbeds are widely used in the care of premature babies
and are a great help for pregnant women.
On a traditional bed, sleepers
move once every six minutes on average! This is
caused by pressure on elbows, shoulders, and other areas
in contact with the bed. Pressure points slow the blood
and sleepers unconsciously move during the night to
relieve these areas of discomfort. Clearly you can't
sleep well if your doing the equivalent of a marathon in
your sleep. Traditional beds loose 50% of their sleep
quality in five years because the springs wear and the
covering breaks down.
Long-term quality: Since water does not wear
out, waterbeds also sleep the same way after many years,
as they do the first night. This is probably why many
stores have stopped selling or promoting waterbeds.
Waterbed mattresses last too long! The typical bedding
store is set up to sell a new bed set every three to five
years with a much higher price tag.
Heat is therapeutic
People with waterbed heaters fall asleep faster. With
traditional beds it takes anywhere from a few minutes to
fifteen minutes or longer for our bodies to get the
bedding to a comfortable temperature where we can fall
We have disks in our back called intervertebral disks.
They are fluid filled and they loose fluid during the
day and become stiffer. The harder we work our backs,
the more they are affected. Favorable heat from our
waterbeds combined with the even pressure of the
waterbed combine to relax the back much faster and
allow the spine to be quickly restored to normal.
Heat relaxes overworked muscles and can temporarily
relieve the effects of arthritis, rheumatism and other
Waterbeds provide a cleaner sleeping environment
Want to sleep with the critter below? Dust-mites are a
microscopic relative of spiders that live in our furniture
and carpets. They thrive in our bedrooms because of the heat
and warmth we give off. Dust mites feed off our dead skin
cells. Unfortunately their droppings have a protein that
many people are allergic to.
Ten percent of Americans today have asthma which is the
leading cause of children missing school. Dust mites are
possibly the number one cause of asthma problems in the
Dust mites live about six weeks and female dust mites lay
between 60 to 80 eggs during their lifetime. Dust mites
have no natural predator so they just keep multiplying. A
full size mattress has approximately two million dust
mites in it. A gram of dust has 1,000 dust mites in it.
Old pillows may have as much as 10% of their weight made
up of dead dust mites and droppings. Makes you think, huh?
Fortunately for owners of traditional waterbeds, they are
easy to take care of. Simply wash all bedlinens weekly in
water that is over 140 degrees temperature and wipe the
mattress down with mild soap solution, and rinse. Periodic
washing of pillows is highly recommended. Special pillow
covers are also available to help prevent pillow
reinfestation. Vacuum your carpets and furniture weekly
with a HEPA quality vacuum cleaner.