Many better sleep guides will suggest sleeping in zero-gravity as a way to achieve a deeper, more peaceful rest. While that sounds futuristic and fun, it leaves a lot of people wondering what sleeping in a zero-gravity position even means. Can this be accomplished on any bed? How exactly does sleeping in a zero-gravity position improve your shut-eye?
Don’t worry, we’ve got all of those answers and more to help you have a full understanding of how sleeping in zero-gravity came to be, how sleeping in this position can enhance your sleep, and how it can be accomplished.
What is the Zero Gravity Position?
The zero-gravity (or Zero-G) position is a neutral body posture initially developed by NASA. It’s defined as being in a state or condition of weightlessness. NASA puts astronauts in this position before take-off to equalize their weight and ease the stress on their bodies as they are launched into space.
So what does the zero-gravity position look like? You can get into this position by laying flat on your back and raising both your head and your feet just slightly above your heart and stomach. This places your body at (approximately) a 120-degree angle—the most relaxed position for your heart and nervous system.
While the zero-gravity position has been used by NASA for decades, modern mattress brands have been working to determine how we can sleep in this position to improve our night’s rest. The answer? Adjustable beds.
What are Adjustable Beds?
Once reserved only for hospital rooms, modern adjustable beds have made their way into bedrooms across the world to promote better sleep. Adjustable beds offer plenty of health benefits, which is why they were used in hospitals for many years. However, mattress brands started manufacturing and selling their own adjustable beds to help you receive the same health and sleep-enhancing benefits they offer, from the comfort of your own home.
Adjustable beds allow you to adjust the angle of your head and feet to find the most comfortable position for sleep—and since head and foot articulation is the key feature of all adjustable beds, any adjustable bed you purchase should allow you to sleep in the zero-gravity position.
Apart from basic head and foot articulation, many adjustable beds are built with fun bells and whistles to fully upgrade your sleep set-up. Some of these features include wave massagers, under-bed lighting, built-in USB ports, and programmable remotes. You can find adjustable beds in a range of prices due to the different features each one has.
Benefits of Zero Gravity
There are plenty of benefits to the zero-gravity sleeping position. Depending on your specific sleep needs, some of these benefits may stand out to you more than the others. However, you can rest assured knowing you’re getting healthy sleep in this position.
When you angle your head slightly above your stomach, it keeps your airways open and prevents snoring and the symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea. Both snoring and sleep apnea can impede your shut-eye, preventing you from getting the deep, restful sleep your body needs.
Finding a way to silence snoring and prevent sleep apnea can help you get sounder sleep.
An angled head can also help those with allergies, respiratory conditions, asthma, and even those with just a stuffy nose. Elevating your head reduces pressure on the lungs, making it easier to breathe.
Sleeping on a flat bed is by no means considered “unhealthy,” but sleeping in a zero-gravity position puts less pressure on your spine than sleeping flat does. If you have lower back pain (maybe you suffer from sciatica or a herniated disc) or pressure points, sleeping in this position can help you avoid discomfort.
Remember, the whole reason the zero-gravity position was developed was to find a way to reduce pressure on the body. So, if you have chronic aches or sore muscles, sleeping this way may be all you need to wake up pain-free, as doing so evenly distributes your weight and prevents pressure build-up.
Those who are overweight, as well as people with diabetes and high blood pressure, can experience swelling in the legs and feet. Lifting the lower body promotes better circulation to ease swelling so you can wake up feeling refreshed.
Better Heart Health
Sleeping with your body at a 120-degree angle eases pressure on the heart, allowing it to pump blood more easily. The result is better blood flow and enhanced heart health.
Alleviate Acid Reflux and GERD
Elevating your head can ease snoring and make breathing easier, but it also can prevent uncomfortable acid reflux and heartburn. Keeping your upper body propped at an angle prevents stomach acid from creeping back up your esophagus and keeps you sleeping peacefully.
Sleeping in a zero-gravity position has been compared to sleeping in a recliner (but obviously a lot more comfortable) because it keeps your head lifted. Lounging in a zero-gravity position can make watching TV, reading, or simply relaxing in bed more enjoyable because you don’t have to worry about propping pillows to keep yourself upright.
Benefits of an Adjustable Bed
The medical benefits you receive from an adjustable bed overlap those you receive from sleeping in a zero-gravity position. However, adjustable beds do have a few other perks.
Adjustable beds allow you to find your most comfortable position for sleep (even if it’s not zero-gravity) and they make climbing into and getting out of bed easier (this is especially beneficial for older folks or those with painful conditions).
Many adjustable beds also have built-in features to make life more convenient, such as USB ports and wireless remotes with programmable positions. These bases are also useful for those who share the bed with a partner who snores since many adjustable bases have an anti-snore function, so you can simply elevate your partner’s head without waking them from sleep.
Best Adjustable Beds
By now, you’re probably thinking an adjustable bed base is a useful purchase to boost your night’s sleep. However, you’re probably also wondering how to navigate the hundreds of adjustable bed frames available to find your best one. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with our two recommendations below.
When browsing the sea of adjustable beds out there, you’ll notice they’re usually either very basic or very advanced—and prices can range drastically. So before shopping, ask yourself what exactly is it that you’re looking for in a new bed. Do you want simple pain relief or are you interested in a full-on sleep upgrade?
To make things easy, we make and sell two adjustable bed frames—an entry-level Adjustable Bed and a more luxurious Adjustable Bed+. Even better? We can price our bases more affordably because we sell direct-to-consumer, unlike many other adjustable bed brands. With us, you can enhance your night’s sleep without breaking the bank.
Now, let’s talk about our top-rated adjustable bed frames.
Our Amerisleep Adjustable Bed offers basic head and foot articulation, but what we really love about this base is its zero-gravity preset. All you have to do is climb into bed and you can shift into zero-gravity with the click of a button.
In addition to head and foot articulation, this base comes with plenty of features to improve your sleeping experience. First, it comes with a wireless remote with programmable positions. So let’s say zero-gravity isn’t your favorite position for sitting up and reading or you simply prefer to rest at a different angle—you can adjust to your desired position and save it for later. That way, you can find that super comfy position quickly and easily every time you hop into bed.
This base also comes with convenient under-bed lighting and built-in USB ports.
Under-bed lighting makes leaving the bedroom for midnight water or bathroom breaks easier. Just grab the wireless, backlit remote and click the light button; you’ll then see a soft glow below your bed frame lighting a pathway around it. And we can’t forget, the built-in USB ports on this base keep your devices powered and within reach.
Arguably the best part about this base, though, is its zero-clearance design. When adjustable bed shopping, many wonder if the base they’re considering will work with their bed frame at home. With this frame, you won’t have to second-guess.
Our Adjustable Bed can be set on any flat surface (that includes platform beds and foundations) or even directly on the floor and it’ll work with no problems. Plus, this base also comes with adjustable 3-in-1 legs, so you can use it as a stand-alone base or within an open bed frame, too.
The backlit, wireless remote makes this bed easy to use, but it’s also Bluetooth-compatible, so you can control it from your smartphone if you wish.
Our entry-level Adjustable Bed starts at $1100, but it can be combined with any of our hybrid or memory foam mattresses for a 30% discount on your entire purchase. We back each of our bases with warranty coverage, too. Our Adjustable Bed is backed by a 10-year warranty while our Bed+ comes with 25 years of coverage.
Now to talk about our more luxurious Adjustable Bed+. Our Bed+ contains almost all of the same bells and whistles as our Bed, but its features are a little different and it also contains some technologies absent from our entry-level Bed.
Our Adjustable Bed+ allows you to adjust the angle of your head and feet. It also has a wireless, programmable remote to save your favorite positions for later. While this base doesn’t have a Zero-G preset like our Bed, you’re still able to shift into this position and achieve weightless sleep on this base.
What our Bed+ does have, though, is an Anti-Snore preset. If you snore (or you share the bed with someone who does), just click this button and it’ll lift the head enough to take the pressure off your airways.
Our favorite feature of this base is the dual wave massagers—who doesn’t like drifting off to sleep with a massage? You can use this base’s compatible smartphone app to set a gentle alarm, so you can wake up to a peaceful massage in the a.m. rather than a blaring alarm. Also, the massage feature is fully customizable, so you can play around with its settings to find what’s most soothing for you.
Another great feature you’ll find with this base is pillow-tilt articulation. As we mentioned before, head and foot articulation is standard in all adjustable bed frames, but pillow-tilt articulation takes your comfort one step further. This feature adjusts the support behind your head to make reading and watching TV in bed even more relaxing.
Our Adjustable Bed+ also comes with built-in USB ports and under-bed lighting, but it also contains WallHugger® technology and a MicroHook™ retention system for added convenience. WallHugger® technology keeps you in the same place as your base adjusts, so you won’t have to worry about adjusting the angle of your head too far from your nightstand or uncomfortably far away from your partner in bed.
The MicroHook™ retention system in this bed acts like Velcro to keep your mattress securely in place and prevent it from shifting when the bed adjusts. Plus, it won’t do any damage to your mattress or its cover.
The Amerisleep Adjustable Bed+ starts at $1,800, and like our Adjustable Bed, it can be paired with any of our top-rated mattresses for additional savings.
Ready to Sleep in Zero-G?
The zero-gravity sleep position offers plenty of health benefits. If you’ve never tried it, we suggest giving it a shot—it may just be what you were looking for to achieve better sleep. While you can somewhat achieve this position in a recliner, that method is not conducive for a good night of sleep. Instead, we recommend investing in an adjustable bed to fully reap the benefits of this sleep position.
Adjustable beds are an investment. They’re more costly than box springs or foundations, but many people find the extra money spent is well worth it, as it’s really an investment in their health (like a gym membership). When shopping for an adjustable bed, check out its features and compare it with the price to determine if you’re getting a good value, and never discount warranty coverage—it helps you get the most for your money.
Both of our adjustable bed frames are an excellent value, and deciding between the two ultimately comes down to personal preference. We also offer bed packages with both of our bases, bundling both the base and a mattress for even better savings. Of course, you can always rest assured knowing we stand behind our products, too.
This article is for informational purposes and should not replace advice from your doctor or other medical professional.