When most people picture a waterbed, they conjure up images of a free-flowing mattress that's essentially just a vinyl bag made into a rectangular shape and filled with water. That type of waterbed can still be found, but it's far from your only option. In fact, many sleepers are now waking up to (and falling asleep to) the benefits of a waveless mattress.
Essentially, a waveless mattress contains multiple layers of fibre inserted to control water motion. Here are just four reasons why you should buy one instead of a traditional free-flowing waterbed.
1. Easy to Get in and Out
One of the most common complaints when it comes to free-flowing waterbeds is that they can be quite hard to get in and out of; after all, the water moves around as you try to get out, dipping down where you put the most weight. It's not such a big deal if you're young, fit and limber, but even the most athletic user can find it hard to get out of a waterbed when they're still drowsy after a good night's sleep. A waveless waterbed controls motion and feels much firmer, so getting in and out shouldn't be an issue.
2. Motions Stop Fast
The gentle rocking motion of a waterbed can be lovely. Problem is, free-flowing waterbeds take a lot of time to calm down — when you move around, the motion of the bed continues sloshing you around for some time. That's not just annoying for you — you'll also risk waking up whoever you're sleeping with. A waveless waterbed prevents water from moving around too much and interrupting your rest.
3. Added Support
Free-flowing waterbeds offer very little support. If you already suffer from poor posture, a traditional waterbed might not work for you. Because of the additional fibre layers in a waveless waterbed, you get added support. Thicker layers are added across key pressure points for perfect support and comfort, and many manufacturers include a special lumbar support area to prevent back pain.
4. Added Insulation
Finally, keep in mind that waterbeds don't usually offer much in the way of insulation. Water stays relatively cool and doesn't retain your body heat very well, so you might find yourself feeling a little chilly when the weather turns cold. Since they have additional fibre layers, waveless waterbeds are better at keeping in the heat and keeping you cosy during long winter nights.