Frequently Asked Questions about Waterbed Part IV

Waterbed for everyone?

If waterbeds are so recommendable due to their positive properties and the many advantages they offer, one must be able to assume that they are sleep systems for everyone, or not ?! The answer here is very clearly that there is no such thing as one sleep system. The individual differences as well as the wishes and requirements placed on a sleeping pad are simply too great for that. Water beds are a good solution, but they are not the only one, nor are they a “panacea” for everyone.

So if you simply cannot get used to it after many nights in a waterbed that is perfectly tailored to you and cannot sleep or get a restful sleep, you should go back to a conventional bed with slatted frame or box spring and mattress. It is important, however, that you have really taken or given some time, because switching to a waterbed takes a certain amount of getting used to.

How long it takes to get used to a waterbed varies from person to person. There are people who get used to a new sleep experience and can relax immediately, and there are people who need several weeks or even a quarter of a year to get used to it completely.

Waterbed for children?

According to studies, the positive properties of floating sleep in a water bed should also have a positive effect on the development of children, so that a water bed can definitely be recommended as a sleep solution for children. If the waterbed is optimally tailored to the child or adolescent, the ergonomically correct positioning of the spine has a positive effect. It has also been proven in children that they benefit from longer sleep phases and thus more restful sleep in a waterbed.

Waterbed for seniors?

For older people, a waterbed tailored to their individual needs can be a very good sleep solution. The ** Hardside waterbeds ** are less suitable due to the difficult entry and exit. A softside or inside model is therefore recommended. Choosing a water mattress with an integrated pelvic support (lumbar) also simplifies the use of the bed.

If two people at an advanced age share a waterbed, a dual system should definitely be selected so that both sides of the bed can be configured independently (calming, hardness, temperature) and mutual interference during the night is largely excluded.

Waterbed and rental apartment?

A waterbed is basically a piece of furniture like any other, but differences are often seen and made here. For example, the question often arises whether you can easily set up a waterbed in a rented apartment or whether you need a special permit from the landlord for this. Normally you don’t need a separate permit from your landlord if you want to equip your apartment with a water bed. Nevertheless, it can make sense to talk to the landlord in advance, for example to clarify static questions in advance (see: Can the ceiling withstand the waterbed? ).

It is important that you – regardless of the wishes of the landlord – clarify with your household contents insurance that any damage caused by the waterbed will be covered (see: How to insure a waterbed? ).

At the end of 1992, a case was heard before the Herne District Court in which a landlord wanted to bring his tenant to court to abolish his waterbed.

Waterbed too hard?

Basically, the medium of water is always the same hard or soft, but if you have the impression that you are lying on a bed that is too hard on your bed, this may be due to the filling quantity being too large. If there is too much water in the mattress – related to the body weight of the user – when lying on your side, for example, the body in the pelvic area cannot sink in sufficiently. The spine is accordingly brought out of its shape (arched upwards), which can have painful consequences and negatively affect sleep or the quality of sleep. If you feel the water mattress too hard, you should first check the mattress filling and drain off water if necessary.

If the perceived hardness of the water bed cannot be traced back to the filling level of the mattress, this can also be related to the selected calming level of the water bed. If you still feel uncomfortable or bedded too hard despite the optimal water filling, you should consider investing in a less calmer mattress, which is more likely to accommodate your own reclining needs.

Is the waterbed too soft?

If the waterbed is felt to be too soft, this may be due to the water mattress being insufficiently filled. This is easy to check, because too little water will cause the spine to sag. In the worst case, you will sink completely through and even feel the hard floor plate under your body. This can be remedied by correcting the water filling or refilling it, making sure that the new filling quantity matches the requirements of your own body.

If no connection can be made between insufficiently filling the water mattress and the sleeping pad that is perceived as too soft, the cause may be that the bed is not soothed enough for one’s own reclining needs. In order to improve the lying comfort in this case, the investment in a more soothed water mattress can make sense.

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