Waterbed Health Benefits

It was the Persians who discovered the comforts of ‘floatation’ sleeping 3,000 years ago when they bedded down on goatskin bags filled with warmed water.

Today, we know that waterbeds are not just for comfort.

The gentle, but firm support of a water-filled mattress offers a range of benefits that can lead to a better quality of sleep, and therefore better overall health:

With the National Bed Foundation revealing that 93 per cent of GPs agree that a good, comfortable and supportive bed will improve the quality of sleep.

It comes as no surprise that a good night’s sleep is instrumental in sustaining a healthy body and mind, but with 37 per cent of the nation suffering from insomnia, it’s no wonder that one in seven visits to a GP are currently linked to sleep problems.

With the rise in portable electronic devices, longer working hours and social networking, it’s often hard for people to switch off, but cutting back on sleep can bring harmful effects on the body and mind. Studies have shown that sleeping poorly for less than six hours increases the risk of heart disease by almost 50 per cent, and it could even trigger strokes by 15 percent.

With a water mattress:

  • The displacement of water conforms to body shape

  • Body weight is spread evenly

  • The spine is supported

  • Low pressure points ease any pressure on joints

  • An optimum sleeping temperature allows muscles to relax

  • Blood circulation is improved

  • Comfortable sleeping positions can be maintained for longer, leading to more restful sleep

  • A sealed, wipe-clean surface provides a hygienic, dust-free environment

 waterbed pressure

Regular sleeping on a waterbed specifically helps with common medical conditions:


  • Insomnia

On a standard bed, most people change position about 60 times a night to relieve the discomfort of pressure points. On a waterbed, we literally ‘float’ and become semi-weightless. The subtle temperature helps us to relax. There is less tossing and turning, and more security and comfort. Sleep becomes deeply relaxing and restorative, leading to better general health and well-being.

  • Backache

Many people think that a firm bed is best for a bad back. But the hardness can actually increase the pressure points between you and the mattress – restricting blood circulation and leading to restless sleep. In April 2008, a study published in Spine Journal (now cited by Bupa in their online factsheets), concluded that waterbed and ‘memory foam’ mattresses are more effective for relieving chronic lower back pain than the traditional ‘firm’ support mattress.

  • Arthritis/muscular pain

Better quality of sleep has the effect of reducing pain recognition. If you suffer from chronic arthritis, rheumatism, muscular or joint damage, a waterbed’s superior support combined with a natural, regulated temperature, will keep you as pain and stress-free as possible.

  • Pressure sores

The ‘weightlessness’ of water as a supporting surface helps to relieve bedsores and other injuries such as burns and tissue wounds. Again, water displacement takes the pressure off the restricted tissues, and encourages blood to circulate to the affected area once more.

  • Asthma/allergies

Dust miteHouse dust mite droppings are identified as a significant trigger for people with asthma and related allergies such as eczema. Unlike traditional (porous) fabric mattresses, sealed water mattresses cannot harbour dead skin, bacteria, or the body fluids that provide the perfect environment for the dust mites to breed. Water mattresses can be simply wiped clean to eliminate any skin and dust debris from the surface, while the outer covering can be removed easily and washed at 60 degrees – the temperature at which mites are killed.

Generally speaking...

There is no other sleep system that provides the total support, comfort and hygiene of a waterbed. Waterbeds are extremely long-lasting, and therefore great value for money. A well maintained vinyl mattress should last a lifetime.