- The first waterbed was created in the 1800s by a physician named Neil Arnott. The physician designed the bed to keep bedridden individuals from getting bed sores. The waterbed was to be used as a healing aid, but today the waterbed is used by healthy individuals who simply want a flexible mattress. Initially, the waterbed was called the hydrostatic bed. Although the waterbed was invented by Neil Arnott, it was patented by Dr. William Hooper in 1883. He wanted to create a mattress that would ease bedsores as well as warm his patients.
The Effects of Waterbeds
- The great thing about a waterbed is that it conforms to the exact shape of a person's body. This is one of the main benefits of having a waterbed--the even distribution of pressure that a person receives. Because the pressure is distributed equally, the waterbed can also be used for back treatments.
Heated waterbeds have the ability to improve circulation as well as reduce soreness in the muscles. It can also help with arthritis. These benefits allow the waterbed to serve as the medicinal piece of furniture that its first inventor intended it to be.
Waterbeds Are More Hygienic
- Waterbeds are a little bit more hygienic because the mattress can easily be washed with soap and water. This keeps dust particles and other debris from accumulating in the mattress. According to the British Waterbed Association, the elimination of dust mites and other dust particles can help people who suffer from asthma and allergies.
- One misconception that people have about waterbeds is that they can get seasick while lying on a waterbed. Fortunately, a waterbed doesn't feel like being on a boat because it does not sag or bend. The bed will consistently contour to the shape of the body.
Another misconception about waterbeds are that they can burst. This happens very rarely and normally would only occur over a lengthy period of time. To keep the bed from bursting, the water is surrounded by vinyl and other protective materials. These materials keep the water intact and distributes the pressure evenly, which prevents spillage.
Waterbeds and Longevity
- Waterbeds have a longevity that other mattresses don't have. Traditional mattresses begin to sag, flatten and harden over time. Waterbeds last a long time because water doesn't wear out and the bed is able to better keep its shape. The life span of a waterbed is about 10 to 15 years if it's maintained properly.
The Modern Waterbed
- The quality of waterbeds has greatly improved since the 80s when the bed was most popular. When waterbeds were first introduced, the mattress seemed unstable and would often slosh around. Today's beds are constructed with a firmer surface. In the 80s, waterbeds were more agile because they were constructed almost entirely of water. Modern waterbeds are made of an equalized percentage of air, water and foam. This construction creates a waterbed with softer sides, less wave action and better back support.