The History of Health Beds

Health beds have been helping people to get a more comfortable night’s sleep for well over 100 years, as bed and mattress manufacturers have realized that a bed can not only be comfortable, but can be curative as well. Beds, mattresses and pillows were designed to alleviate back problems, allergies and various other ailments.

Natural latex rubber has been used for centuries, although its potential wasn’t fully realized until the Goodyear Rubber Company started experimenting with it during the early part of the 19th century. The first latex mattress was developed during the 1930s. Further improvements were made during the 1960s and today, latex mattresses continue to provide better support and better circulation; their hypoallergenic qualities also provide relief for allergy sufferers.

One of the biggest innovations in beds has been the adjustable bed, which was devised by the famous aviator Howard Hughes, during the 1950s. While recovering in hospital from a serious accident, Hughes realized that having moving sections on the bed would help to lessen the pain and allow him to sleep more comfortably. Healthbeds have a range of adjustable beds to suit every need.

The 1970s saw the innovative memory foam mattress, with its visco-elastic foam that moulds itself to the shape of anyone using it. The memory foam mattress was originally developed by the American space agency NASA; today they are widely used and have helped thousands with the treatment of arthritis and aching limbs and have also helped to reduce moisture and perspiration.

Most of us spend almost a third of our life sleeping. It’s worth taking the time to choose the right health bed for yourself and to ensure a healthier and more comfortable night’s sleep.

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