Adjustable Beds 101: Everything You Need to Know About This Sleep Solution

Adjustable Beds 101: Everything You Need to Know About This Sleep Solution

 Are you new to the world of adjustable beds? You’re in the right place. You may have heard the term adjustable beds but are you aware of their benefits and how they can make a difference to your comfort and health?

In this article, we’ll uncover everything you need to know about adjustable beds, including how they work and how they go beyond just delivering a great night’s sleep.  

As experts in adjustable beds for over 20 years, we’ve helped thousands of people looking to enhance their comfort and wellbeing. If you’re considering an adjustable bed for yourself or a loved one we can help find the best solution. 

Please get in touch if you'd like more help in choosing the best adjustable bed for your needs.

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What is an adjustable bed?

As the name suggests, adjustable beds can adjust to different positions. They are becoming increasingly popular across the UK with people wanting a better sleep solution. Adjustable beds have a multi-hinged lying surface, which we refer to as the mattress platform. The mattress platform can be adjusted to different inclines and positions to suit your needs and comfort. 

Common adjustments of an adjustable bed include:

  •       Raising the head and back
  •       Raising the feet
  •       Raising both areas together

Motion divan with back and leg rest raised

Adjustable beds are controlled by either a wired or wireless handset. At Opera, our dual adjustable beds come with two wireless controls, where each user can adjust their side of the bed.

Regular beds with a flat surface give limited sleeping positions, whereas adjustable beds deliver enhanced comfort and support. Adjustable beds are designed for better sleep whilst also having a positive impact on health and wellbeing.

What are the benefits of an adjustable bed?

Adjustable beds are a great investment to improve your overall quality of sleep. As well as letting you find the perfect position, there are plenty of health benefits associated with them.

Improved posture

Unlike a traditional bed, adjustable beds have an elevated back rest which allows you to sit up in bed without needing pillows. Whilst this is a more practical solution to using pillows and other items to get comfortable, it also has health benefits too.

a lady sat up in an adjustable bed

Adjustable beds provide proper spinal support, particularly on the lower back. By alleviating pressure on your back, they can help reduce back pain and discomfort. For those who sleep on their side too, adjustable beds can help keep the spine properly aligned even whilst in that position.

If you have back issues, sleeping in an inclined position can help manage symptoms which makes it more achievable to get a good night’s sleep. As standard, our collection of adjustable beds has back rest adjustment. Meanwhile, our beds come with a wireless control with memory function where you can save your favourite comfortable sleeping and sitting positions.

Alleviate snoring and sleep problems

Sleep problems are a common issue within many UK adults, with 1 in 5 people not getting enough sleep. There are many factors that can result in poor quality sleep including:

  •       Stress and anxiety
  •       Environment and lighting
  •       Poor sleeping habits (going to bed late, excessive screen time)
  •       Health conditions
  •       Sleeping on a bad bed and mattress

Sleeping in an adjustable bed allows your body to relax and restore by choosing the best position for you. As well as letting you manually set your favourite positions, adjustable beds also have pre-set ones.

an adjustable bed remote control showing the different settings

For example, our range of adjustable beds have an anti-snore mode – perfect for light sleepers or those who snore at night. This position is a discreet way to help alleviate snoring by raising the back-rest section to the optimum angle to open the airways. If you or your loved one suffer with sleep apnoea, adjustable beds can help provide a more rejuvenating night’s sleep.

Adjustable beds can help reduce swelling

When it comes to swelling, particularly in the legs and feet, an adjustable bed can be a great solution. Swelling (medically known as edema) can happen for various reasons such as:

  •       After having an injury
  •       Following recent surgery
  •       Certain medication and health conditions

One of the key benefits of an adjustable bed is its ability to elevate specific areas of your body. Adjustable beds have an elevating leg rest which helps improve circulation and reduce fluid build-up.

swollen feet

By sleeping with the legs and feet raised, it promotes blood flow and lymphatic fluids to reduce inflammation. Meanwhile, an adjustable bed can aid in reducing night-time swelling. When you sleep on a flat surface, fluid can accumulate from gravity. However, by slightly elevating your legs and feet, an adjustable bed assists in preventing fluid from pooling. It also allows your body to naturally redistribute fluids, reduces swelling while you sleep and improves overall cardiovascular health.

At Opera, our wide range of adjustable beds are eligible for VAT relief, should you or your loved one have a named medical condition or long-term health condition.

Enhanced pain relief

Adjustable beds can be a great solution for those who suffer from pain and discomfort by providing proper support to specific areas of the body, such as the neck, shoulders, back, hips and legs.

Adjusting the mattress platform can be particularly beneficial for individuals with chronic pain conditions like arthritis, or those recovering from surgery or long-term health illness.

Naturally, our spines have an ‘s’ shape, which are not supported by a normal bed. Adjustable beds help support the body’s natural alignment and reduce strain on sensitive areas.

As standard, our Opera adjustable beds have a pre-set zero-gravity (ZG) position. Simulating the feeling of weightlessness, ZG provides no pressure at all on the body, which lets the body restore and repair itself as you sleep. Learn more about how sleeping in ZG can add a number of health benefits during sleep and rest.

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Opera’s range of adjustable beds

If you’re looking to enhance your comfort and wellbeing, our range of adjustable beds have something for everyone.  


Every adjustable bed in our range is designed for ultimate comfort and support. As well as the industry standard back and leg rest adjustment, our adjustable beds have extra features which include:

  •       Anti-snore mode
  •       Zero-gravity position
  •       Memory programming (save your favourite positions)
  •       Wireless control

All of our adjustable beds can also be upgraded to enjoy extra features such as:

  •       Glide-back auto-regression
  •       Additional pillow-tilt position
  •       Massage Mode
  •       Under bed light


At Opera, we’re committed to balancing style and functionality, which is why our adjustable beds are designed to compliment any bedroom interior.

If you prefer a minimalist look, our Motion adjustable bed showcases a practical yet homely styling and is complete with all Opera features for a great night’s sleep.

a minimalist adjustable bed

We also provide adjustable beds in a traditional style like the Motion Divan adjustable bed. Featuring a deep divan base, the Motion Divan adjustable bed has a fully upholstered headboard and surround. The higher bed height makes it easier to get off the bed too – perfect if you struggle to get off a normal height bed.

Depending on your style and budget, our range of premium adjustable beds includes show stopping beds such as the Kensington adjustable bed. Showcasing a grand button-back headboard with winged sides, the Kensington adjustable bed combines both comfort and elegance.

You can discover our full range of adjustable beds here. Why not book a virtual visit and see our beds for yourself?


Whether you’re looking to regain your comfort or make life easier, an adjustable bed can be a great solution. The health benefits associated with adjustable beds vary from improving posture, alleviating snoring and sleep disorder symptoms, through to reducing discomfort.

For more tips and advice, please visit our knowledge hub. If you’d like us to guide you to finding the perfect adjustable bed, get in touch with our team today.

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