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Q. Will I feel seasick on a waterbed?
A. Waterbed mattresses are available with varying degrees of motion stability systems, but many people find some movement very relaxing and conducive to sleep. A fully motion reduced system will have very little movement. Any motion you give to the mattress tends to be gentle and soothing and ceases as soon as you stop moving. If you select a very stable mattress there will be minimal movement at any time, even if your partner moves. The pressure reduced support of a waterbed also minimizes the need to toss and turn while you are sleeping. The option of a "dual system" further eliminates any possible movement as each mattress is totally independent of the other.
Q. Are waterbeds good for my back?
A.YES! A waterbed provides the best support your back can get. When you lie on a flotation mattress the liquid displaces to contour to your shape, and does not “push back” (pressure points) as all other forms of mattresses do. Combine this with the soothing warmth provided by the heated surface and you get the most therapeutic sleep possible.
Q. Are there different types of mattresses?
A. Yes. There are several variations of motion stability, from free flow, with lots of movement, through to fully motion reduced mattresses. There is also a dual mattress system available which allows individual stability and/or temperature control within each mattress. The soft sided style of waterbed has also gained huge popularity in recent years. They offer many advantages such as ease of entering and exiting the bed, use of regular size bed linens, and adaptability with any style of bed headboard or frame you already own.
Q. What if it punctures – won’t it flood?
A. The mattress containing the water is made of very durable vinyl. Unless someone makes a deliberate attempt to puncture the bed with a sharp instrument, it is unlikely to rupture. However, in that unlikely event the safety liner within the frame will contain the liquid, preventing spillage. The damage could then easily be repaired, often without emptying the mattress.
Q. Don't I need a firm bed?
A. The worst bed to sleep on is a soft, shapeless mattress providing little or no support. In the past, a firm bed was thought to be the alternative to this, but this firmness increases the pressure points of hard contact between you and the mattress. These pressure points often restrict your blood circulation and induce more tossing and turning. By contrast, a waterbed provides a therapeutic sleeping surface combining the essential qualities of support, temperature control, and comfort.
Q. How long do waterbeds last?
A. Most manufacturers say twelve to fifteen years is the average life expectancy of the waterbed mattress, and as with any bed the maximum life will depend upon how you care for your bed. Another great advantage of waterbeds is that any individual component of the bed can be replaced, making it far less expensive than replacing a complete mattress and foundation system.
Q. How do the heaters work and are they safe?
A. The heater system uses a low wattage flat heater pad that is placed on the decking underneath the mattress and safety liner. A thermostat constantly maintains the water temperature at your pre-selected setting. Yes - they are safe. They are double insulated and specifically designed to warm your waterbed.
Q. How often do I have to change the water?
A. Only when you need to move the bed. A conditioner should be added annually to prevent the growth of algae or bacteria, and to keep the mattress supple. With regular care the original fill will go on supporting you for years.
Q. What is the weight of a waterbed - aren’t they to heavy for my floor?
A. The weight depends on the size and style of bed. The soft sided models are lighter than hard sided models. A full depth, hard sided, king size waterbed is the equivalent of about 12 adults standing in the room. On average a waterbed will weigh approximately 40 - 45 lbs. per square foot. The weight of the bed is well distributed and the pressure on the floor is less than that of a person in a bath or a freestanding refrigerator. The load on the floor is well below building code minimum requirements.
Q. How much does it cost to heat a waterbed?
A. With today's modern solid state electronic heating systems the cost range can be $8.00 - $10.00 per month to heat your hard sided waterbed and less than half of that for soft sided styles. It will depend what bedding covers the mattress and how well you keep it dressed. The heater only comes on to replace the heat lost to the bedroom. Your heating bills can actually be reduced with the use of a temperature controlled waterbeds, by lowering your thermostat a couple of degrees in winter and raising your a/c setting during the summer during your sleeping hours.
Q. What is waterbed conditioner?
A. Waterbed conditioner is an algaecide/bactericide which is added to the contents of the mattress. The conditioner maintains the quality of the water so there is no risk of bacteria or algae growth inside the mattress. It also helps to maintain the suppleness of your vinyl mattress to prevent cracks.
Q. How long does it take to get used to a waterbed?
A. If you are new to the flotation sleep experience it may take a couple of nights. However - once your body has adjusted to the level of support it provides you will never want to return to an ordinary bed again. Just ask someone who owns one!
Q. Can I sleep on a waterbed while pregnant?
A. YES! In fact women who sleep on a waterbed find it is the only sleeping surface which allows them get any rest at all in later months of pregnancy. Flotation support systems can offer increased comfort to women during pregnancy by enabling them to lie comfortably in stomach-down or side positions, thereby alleviating much of the pressure that the heavy uterus exerts.
Q. My kids are bugging me to get them a waterbed. Are they safe for children?
A. Once a child has reached the age where they are ready to move out of a crib to a larger bed the waterbed is ideal. A child's skeletal structure is developing from the time they are born until they are approximately 16 years of age. Sleeping on a flotation system which conforms to their body correctly without pressure points allows proper development during these formative years.
We hope that these questions, and the answers provided will help you with your decision to purchase the most comfortable, supportive, therapeutic, allergy free, and all around best sleep system ever invented. If you have any questions that are not answered here please call or email us or visit our blog at lovemywaterbed.ca. We are always happy to share our unsurpassed knowledge of flotation sleep systems.