Waterbeds are warm and comfortable beds filled with water. The mattress prevents the formation of bed sores, especially, on people who are bedridden for life. It provides complete support to the whole body. The bed usually has firm sides that form a frame to hold the mattress. The two popular types are free flow mattress that consists of a single chamber to hold water and the other being fiber batting beds that comes with many chambers. This also lowers the splashing of water when moving in the bed. In addition, mattresses with heaters placed below are also available in the market.
In line, waterbed sheets
are available that are soft for the skin and provide similar therapeutic benefits. Egyptian cotton is the most standard material used to make the sheets. This fabric is breathable and gives a relaxed and nice feeling.
Besides preventing bedsores, water beds
also provide several other benefits. These are a very hygienic and ideal means to attain good sleep. It eases all muscles aches and enhances blood circulation. The bed can be easily maintained and does not accumulate dust or harmful pollutants making it ideal for asthma patients. It also gives absolute relief to patients suffering from arthritis. Heated beds facilitate to distribute the heat in a uniform way all over the body thus reducing joint pains. Another major benefit is the bed does not sag or deform following long usage.
In terms of weight, water mattress becomes heavier when filled with water. It cannot be easily moved from place to place. The water needs to be drained to move the bed. The bed is not suitable for pregnant woman as it could lead to miscarriage owing to the heat it lets out. A heated bed on the other hand is very expensive and consumes 500-2000 kWh power in a year.
It can thus be regarded that when choosing ideal waterbeds both price and usability of the bed should be considered.