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  • Waterbeds and Back Support

    There is an old misconception that hovers around the use of waterbeds that are surrounded around the myth that waterbeds fail to provide adequate back support. While the source of the information is fleeting, many believe that that is rooted from the pioneer days of the industry.  In truth, most modern waterbeds provide as much­­­—if not more—support than traditional bedding choices.

    When looked upon and compared to traditional mattresses with coil springs, it’s easy to see how one could accept such myths.  The free-flow version of waterbeds that were popular in the days of yore do allow the lower back to sink to levels beyond those recommended by some medical professionals. However, today’s most popular models provide varying degrees of support that can be honed to the individual’s own comfort and support needs. This is done by layering in material that cuts down on the wave action.

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  • Boyd Flotation Flowing Back into the Main Stream

    Back in the day, waterbeds were nothing more than big bags of water enclosed by a wooden box. The technology behind these truculent monsters was limited, but yet they enjoyed a fairly wide appeal. Intuitively customers realized the virtues of sleeping on water. Unfortunately, the early waterbed was hard to move, hard to make, and impossible to camouflage. Many of these early models were eventually abandoned for more mobile and traditional bedding options that could be made up to match variations in interior design.

    Boyd Flotation’s online presence has benefited from a mass decline in retail waterbed availability. The online medium has helped the manufacturer to maintain its lead in the segment, and they are poised to benefit moving forward from the declining brick and mortar presence decline. The declining retail base has made the Internet medium crucial for growth opportunities in the segment.

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  • How to Save Your Marriage

    Marriage is tough. Over 50% of all marriages end in divorce. And those marriages that don't end in divorce, aren't always happy.

    Nearly 1 in 4 couples sleep in separate rooms because of sleep disturbances caused by the other partner. Evidence shows that couples suffer 50% more sleep disturbances when they sleep together. In fact, it is estimated that 60% of homes will have dual master bedrooms by 2015 because of this trend.

    Sleeping apart can have many benefits since couples often have different tastes. One person may like the bed warm, whereas the other person may want to sleep cool. One couple may snore and the other one may toss and turn at night. It makes sense to be able to sleep in a way more suited to your taste.

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  • Waterbed Tubes: When Do I Need Them?

    The Internet was once famously described as a "series of tubes." but that phrase is more suited to describe the inside of a shallow fill softside waterbed. A softside waterbed like the Lilac Softside Waterbed Mattress is a far cry from the old style free flow waterbeds, to the point where sometimes the water is barely recognizable. This is because softside waterbeds use sophisticated tubes and bladders that can include fiber and foam to stop water motion. This added material also adds to the contouring affect of the bed, creating a unique sleeping surface.

    These tubes and bladders also help to circulate the water and that can help to increase blood flow throughout the body. This helps the body to relax properly  and can prevent back pain.

    Waterbed tubes are normally found in shallow fill softside waterbeds like the Juniper Softside Waterbed Mattress

    because they give the bed a plushier feel. However, the tubes allow you to adjust the firmness level of the bed and they include fill level marks to easily gauge the desired level of water.

    The best part about the waterbed tubes, however, is that you can have different one's on each side of the bed. Meaning that one spouse can have a softer or firmer side of the bed than the other spouse. Just fill the water level to the appropriate fill mark on each side.

    There are two types of waterbed tubes. Free Flow Waterbed Tubes and Foam Filled Softside Waterbed Tubes. The Foam Filled Softside Waterbed Tubes add even more motion reduction from side to side and from head to toe. The combination of the foam and the water create another contouring affect to add more support during the night.

  • 4 Facts You Never Knew About The History of Waterbeds

    Waterbeds have a long (and often sordid) history. Like the counterculture movement waterbeds would ultimately become the symbol of, Waterbeds from their conception, never had an ordinary standing. So here are 5 facts that you never new about waterbeds.

    1. The First Waterbed was Invented in 1833.

    It was invented by Scottish physician Neil Arnott to prevent bedsores in invalids. It was known as Dr. Arnott's Hydrostatic Bed for Invalids and it was basically some bath water in a rubber canvas and some extra bedding. The waterbeds took off and were placed in hospitals around the world. In 1871, Mark Twain described them in a church home in Elmira, NY in an article for the

    New York Times saying "The water-beds and invalid-chairs at present belonging to the church are always in demand, and never out of service."

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  • How Can I Get a Discount on a Waterbed?

    The biggest downside of waterbeds are the fact that they can be expensive. While the therapeutic benefits of a waterbed can negate the costs of massage, chiropractic and possibly even medical bills, some people can not bring themselves to pay the large up front cost.

    So what can a person do to get a discount on a waterbed? Well the biggest thing is to make sure to buy directly from the manufacturer. By cutting out the middle man, the customer can get a quality waterbed for a discounted price.

    The little things matters as well. Make sure the waterbed you buy has free shipping, because those hidden costs can really hit your budget.

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  • What is a Waveless Waterbed?

    The traditional hardside waterbed has a ton of therapeutic values. Pressure and temperature changes allow the bed to be fully customized just to you and the water abolishes the pressure points that cause back, neck and shoulder pain. While these benefits cannot be overstated, the traditional waterbeds have often been criticized for having a ‘wave action’ that can cause tossing and turning at night. That’s why the industry developed specialized hardside waterbeds, so each person could choose how much wave action they wanted from their waterbed. The range is from free flow, which is styled after the classic waterbeds, to hydraulic which chamberizes the water so it can not move around.

    Right in the middle however, is the Waveless Hardside Waterbed. The Waveless Hardside Waterbed is the most popular because it sits right in the middle of the scale, giving a perfect balance of support and comfort.

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  • What are Hardside Waterbeds?

    There is a lot of confusion over softside vs. hardside waterbeds and how they differ from each other. Softside waterbed are the more modern version of the product, with a shape and feel that matched more traditional mattresses. But if you truly want the waterbed experience, the hardside waterbed can not be beat.

    Hardside waterbeds were the original style. The first waterbeds were pretty simple. They weren’t really much more than glorified bags of water. However, hardside waterbeds today have become increasingly specialized to the point where they are unrecognizable to their early counterparts.

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  • How Do I Find a Softside Waterbed?

    The stereotypical waterbed is thought of as a big, hulking, wavy piece of equipment with tons of accessories and maintenance. While this may describe the waterbeds of old, the new incarnations are indistinguishable from traditional mattresses.

    Indistinguishable in terms of looks but not in comfort and that is why the softside waterbed exists. Softside waterbeds offer the same therapeutic values of a waterbed, it releases all pressure from the joints and the vertebrae allowing the spine to relax fully offering the best possible sleeping surface for orthopedic problems.

    Softside waterbeds are the same shape and size as a traditional mattress so no specialized sheets or comforters are needed. Most of the time, softside waterbeds can fit in the same foundation or frame as a typical mattress so there isn't any extra equipment involved.

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  • What is the Best Mattress for Back Pain?

    80% of Americans are affected at some time by back pain. Chronic back pain can be painful, costly and debilitating. For back pain that is worsened by certain positions and movements, caused by joint degeneration, fractures, or strains, a mattress can be the perfect cure.

    But what mattress can truly call itself the best mattress for back pain? Even the most expensive traditional innerspring mattress cannot evenly distribute weight and relieve pressure as well as specialty sleep mattresses. In fact, more than 20% of traditional spring mattress owner’s report chronic back pain from their bed.

    For those who are willing to get rid of their back pain once and for all, the benefits of a waterbed cannot be overstated. No mattress conforms to the body better and the contouring effect allows the spine to relax, reduces pressure points and prevents tossing and turning. Softside waterbeds offer additional support from memory foam and other comfort fabrics aiding the already beneficial support of the water.

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