Sleep Number Adjustable Beds Review – Forbes Health – ForbesMay 30, 2022
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Adjustable beds can offer relief for people with back pain, sleep apnea, acid reflux and more. Sleep Number is a 32-year-old brand in the mattress industry that offers a wide range of adjustable beds, including the articulating base and accompanying mattress. All Sleep Number mattresses feature one or two air chambers, using a pump to inflate or deflate the air to adjust the mattress firmness to the user’s preferences. This review aims to help you decide whether a Sleep Number adjustable bed is right for you.
Founded in 1987 as Select Comfort, Sleep Number adopted its current name in 2017 when the company moved its headquarters to Minneapolis, Minnesota. Today, the company has 21 U.S. patents and 34 foreign patents regarding various elements of its bed design and functionality.
Sleep Number sells its products online and in its 632 stores across the U.S. Their beds aren’t available through third-party retailers. Sleep Number beds also feature the brand’s SleepIQ technology, which allows users to control their bed position, track their sleep and understand how sleep impacts their overall health and wellness.
While some adjustable bed companies provide an articulating bed base that can be paired with a variety of mattresses, Sleep Number adjustable beds feature the base and the accompanying mattress.
Below is an overview of what’s included in each of Sleep Number’s five adjustable bed collections. All Sleep Number beds feature:
Customization options and features vary based on the Sleep Number collection and include:
All Sleep Number adjustable beds sync with Sleep Number’s SleepIQ app, which allows users to track their sleep and receive personalized feedback on their overall sleep quality. Sensors inside the mattress use breathing and heart rate detection technology to track the user’s micro movements during sleep through the Ballistocardiography (BCG) principle.The SleepIQ app also allows the user to control the firmness of their mattress directly from their smartphone.
In terms of accessories, 360 smart beds feature an air pump that’s incorporated into the bed base and purchased separately for an additional cost. If you don’t purchase the base of the bed, the pump sits on the floor. In the value beds collection, the pump is designed to sit on the floor even if you purchase a base.
Medicare covers the cost of adjustable beds only when they’re prescribed by a doctor. Your doctor will need to explain your need for an adjustable bed. The same is true for most private insurance companies. Check directly with your insurance provider to make sure it offers coverage for a Sleep Number adjustable bed.
Sleep Number adjustable beds come with a 100-day free trial period. Users must sleep on the bed for at least 30 days before they can return it, and return shipping fees can total more than $200.
Sleep Number offers a 15-year warranty on all mattresses, but some accessories—such as the remote control—only come with a 1-year warranty.
Sleep Number charges for any repairs needed two years after the purchase date. For instance, a pump failing after five to six years could cost as much as $300 to replace.
Sleep Number offers 12- and 36-month financing programs via the company website as well.
Adjustable beds are helpful in relieving back pain and helping people manage issues like sleep apnea, fibromyalgia and more. In a study on the short term effects of adjustable air beds, beds and innerspring mattresses on chronic back pain, 95% of patients showed significant back pain relief and 88% reported better sleep quality while using adjustable air beds. (The study didn’t indicate the brand of beds used.)
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Sleep Number has an overall rating of 4.56 out of 5 on the Better Business Bureau’s website. Reviews range from customers being very satisfied with their purchase to some complaints about durability and price.
One user gave Sleep Number a 5 rating, saying she was very happy with her bed. She noted that once users get accustomed to the remote control and their sleep patterns, the sleep is amazing. Another 5-star reviewer mentioned improvements to her back and mental health after purchasing her Sleep Number bed.
On the flip side, another reviewer expressed severe disappointment with his Sleep Number bed due to a number of issues. His complaints included lost connectivity in his bed, a deflating air mattress and the cost of repairs and replacement parts.
Adjustable beds are a great choice for people who need relief from back pain and sleep-related issues. For those looking to learn more about their sleep patterns and overall health, Sleep Number’s SleepIQ technology acts as an added resource. Couples with different sleeping preferences might also enjoy the Sleep Number adjustable bed’s ability to customize firmness for each side of the bed.
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