How can I make my bed more accessible?

Here are some tips for making your bed and bedding more accessible:

A comfortable mattress is important. No one can tell you what the best mattress is for you.

Natural organic wool provides therapeutic warmth and cushion for sleeping.

A Mattress Genie turns almost any mattress into an adjustable bed.

An alternating air pressure mattress helps folks at risk for pressure sores or with circulatory problems.

Lift heavy comforters and linens off of your feet.

The right pillow aids sleep:
  • A side-sleeper pillow is thicker and firmer to support your neck in a neutral position while lying on your side.
  • A small contoured “neck pillow” will provide extra support for your neck when you use a softer pillow.
  • A back-sleeper pillow is thin often with extra loft or thickness in the bottom third of the pillow to create a cradle for your neck.
  • If you sleep on your stomach you want a thin pillow or perhaps no pillow at all for your head, but you still want something under your stomach to support your back; this is where a “body pillow” may come in handy.
  • If you use a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (C-PAP) machine, you know how difficult it can be to get comfortable. A specially designed C-PAP pillow is shaped to support your head while allowing room for the machine’s hoses.
  • For back pain, you may want a wedge pillow to raise your feet or a pillow that straps around your leg to reduce pressure on hips, knees, and spine.
  • Cervical support pillows cradle the head and neck preventing stress and strain and opening up airways to reduce snoring and sleep apnea symptoms.
  • If you get overheated while you sleep, bamboo pillows are antibacterial, hypoallergenic, and naturally wick away heat and moisture.
To support your neck, try rolling up a hand towel, secure the roll with a couple of rubber bands and insert it into your pillowcase along one of the long edges.
  • When choosing a pillow, lie down and try it before purchasing.
  • Change pillows every year or two to reduce allergens.
  • Remove the foot board of your bed to avoid injury in case of a fall.
  • Raise bed height with bed risers.
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