Can sleeping in a recliner chair cause problems?
With the popularity of rise and recliner chairs increasing for those with limited mobility. The question is, can sleeping in a recliner chair cause problems?
Rise and recliner chairs are a much welcome addition to an older person’s home. They can help an older person remain in their own home as they are very simple to use, and they are incredibly comfortable. But, what many family members have concerns about is if recliner chairs are suitable for sleeping on and if they can cause health problems in the long run. Well, we want to put your mind at ease. Rise and recline chairs that are well built and tailored to the person’s needs are safe and can help with sleep and other health-related issues. Below we explore several ways in which recliner chairs are good for your health.
Reduced risk of pressure sores
One of the biggest concerns for an older person who is fairly immobile is that of developing pressure sores. These occur when pressure is applied to the skin and soft tissue for a prolonged period of time. So, these can occur when an older person sits or lies in the same position for an extended period of time. Recliner chairs come with the ability for the older person to quickly change position, and many also come with a massage function that stimulates the movement of the soft tissue.
As we age we can suffer from poor circulation and associated aches and pains. Recliner chairs enable you to elevate your legs, which is good for circulation, as there is reduced gravity that enables the blood to pump more effectively around the body and to your lower limbs. So, if your loved one suffers from poor circulation and has been told to keep their limbs elevated, sleeping in a recliner chair is a good option.
Easily change your sitting position
If an older person has difficulty sleeping in a bed and prefers to sleep upright in a chair, then a recliner chair is a great alternative. This type of chair allows them to easily change their body position, without getting out of the chair. So, they can rotate from lying slightly elevated, to upright, to lying on their right side, and then the left. This will aid comfort and alleviate any aches and pains.
Can help reduce back pain
One of the biggest hurdles for older people is finding a comfortable sleeping position, especially when they suffer from debilitating back pain. Once again a rise and recline chair can help them. They support the spine, neck and shoulders while you sleep, helping to reduce the pain in your joints and spine. Many recliner chairs are available in a range of sizes and many can be made to order so that they support the body exactly where it is needed. Relieving this type of pressure is also beneficial for overall mobility.
It’s good for the respiratory system
Lying prone on your back in bed is not good for your respiratory system, and is especially bad if you suffer from any respiratory issues, such as asthma or COPD. It is much better to sit upright, to keep the airways open, and it is much easier to breathe and take deep breaths when we are sat upright. A recliner chair can be positioned with the head tilted upwards and feet raised, providing the perfect position for helping with any respiratory problems. A recliner chair is also good for those older people who suffer from sleep apnea.
The Mobility Furniture Company has a vast selection of recliner chairs for elderly people that come in a wide range of colours and fabric choices. Please do browse our website for further information and if you have any questions then don’t hesitate to give us a call on 08OO 81O 8818.