When you think of sleeping in “Zero Gravity” you are probably picturing an astronaut floating around the International Space Station. You’re only partially right. This position was designed by NASA, so that much is correct. It was designed to alleviate the pressure astronauts feel on their spine when the shuttle flies into space. The good news is that you can sleep this way too! Just like it’s very comfortable and beneficial for astronauts, it is for regular sleepers as well. When you choose the Zero Gravity setting on an adjustable foundation, the frame raises the legs and head to the perfect angle to prevent back pressure and help increase circulation.
What is a Zero Gravity Position?
No, you’re not floating- but you may feel like you are. Zero Gravity sleeping means both the upper and lower body is slightly lifted. This position distributes weight evenly and keeps the spine neutral to release tension buildup in the body.
Benefits of Zero Gravity
This sleep position was created to alleviate the constant gravitational pull on your body. This serves to reduce pressure on the joints and muscles. A weightless sleep position can also reduce pain, increase deep sleep, and improve overall health. A few of the benefits of sleeping in this position include:
#1 It is more comfortable. When we sleep on a flat mattress, there are gaps between the body and the bed. Your body presses down into the mattress to fill these gaps. Some people find this pressure uncomfortable, even on a high-quality latex mattress. If this is you, you may find you like sleeping slightly raised up better. This position helps distribute your weight evenly to keep your spine in proper alignment and support your pressure points.
#2 It aids in circulation. Raised legs can also improve blood circulation and heart health. When blood is flowing more efficiently, it has been shown to reduce swelling, promote healing, and help prevent blood clots. Because of this, Zero Gravity sleeping is often recommended to those with heart problems, high blood pressure, Restless Leg Syndrome, and Diabetes.
#3 You’ll sleep deeper. Without pressure on your joints and muscles, plus a healthy spinal posture, your body will relax more fully. You’ll fall asleep quickly and stay asleep longer. When the body is relaxed, the brain will follow and you will sleep deeply. You’ll go through your entire sleep cycle several times, giving your body the rejuvenation you need.
#4 You’ll snore less. Snoring can be a constant sleep disruption for both you and your bed sharing partner. With the head lifted, airways can open and breathing becomes more comfortable. This can be achieved by lifting the head to a 30 to 45-degree angle, allowing air and saliva to flow more naturally. This means less snoring, especially for those who currently suffer with Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
How to get Zero Gravity Position on Adjustable Bed
To find a short reprieve from everyday wear and tear on the body, you can sleep in a Zero Gravity position. Resting in this position will alleviate strain on your legs and lower back. So, how do you do it? Some adjustable bed bases, like our Euroslat Powerbase, bring you to this position at the press of a button. On others, you'll need to raise both the head and the leg portion of the mattress until you reach it.
Just like with our mattress, the best adjustable bed base is a personal choice. We have options that do much more than raise your head and legs! For example, the Adjustable Om EuroSlat Powerbase features a Zero Gravity button, gentle alarm, massage, and more. The pressure-relieving support of bowed beech-wood slats is combined with all the features and comforts of a personal adjustable bed that can be customized for the ultimate night's sleep!
You don’t have to be an astronaut to find a Zero Gravity sleep position. Some of today’s highest-quality adjustable foundations offer a pre- set Zero Gravity setting. If it can’t be done with the push of a button, you are able to create the position yourself. Go ahead and stop into one of our retail partners and give it a try! You’ll be amazed how comfortable it is. We have even better news, too. Because all of our premium PranaSleep mattresses are able to be paired with an adjustable bed base, you don’t need to buy a new luxury mattress in order to achieve this position. All you need to do is get the bed base!