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  • Electric air beds (Saatva Solaire, Sleep Number etc.)

    I am hoping to get a mattress/electric bed that I could sit up in for a long period of time (to work on a laptop). I am looking at the Saatva Solaire, also the Sleep Number.

    What advice or suggestions do folks have about these? I mainly care about pressure relief and reliability.

    I did try out a Sleep Number and was impressed, it seemed very comfortable. But I was worried about what would happen if something went wrong, I don't want to be sleeping on the box spring. Somehow I just did not get a great impression from the company for some reason, it made me worried.

    Another option is those very fancy low air loss hospital air beds for the treatment of pressure sores. However, I have no pressure sore yet and when I tried them in the hospital they were noisy and kind of annoying.

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    I have a sleep number (p7 with memory foam top and 2 side air chamber) and I have had it for like 8 years never ever had a problem I do wish I paid the crazy extra amount to have adjustable base I think it would of been worth it but the beds aren’t cheap , but as for being worried my bed has never lost air enough to where I’m sleeping on the floor they do loose very little air over time if not adjusted often but only a bit nothing noticeable but I like to set to 100 everythime I get out just so when I get in it easy to aJust . But I highly recommend getting a sleep number the warranty is great and unlike other beds you won’t have a body imprint or wear in spot from where you always sleep since it’s basically an air mattress. If you have any questions or anything send me a message I may also have some discount codes they send me. Also I have sensitive skin like most of us and have not got one soar from laying in bed it’s great just don’t go cheap if your getting one get a good bed not the lower models I paid like $3k and wasn’t the best but right there but my point is the cheap ones don’t have much padding the higher models have a lot and when thinking of your your health and something you use everyday and can save you potential problems trust me spend the extra money for a good bed. Last thing I promise I didn’t get the adjustable base wish I did but really I’m not sure for the price I would use it as much as I would think it would be nice but just think if you will actually use it for the price it may be a cool thing that you use the first month then that’s it so might save money and not get it and just get the best bed u can . Sorry so long and blah but hope it helps message if u need more info good luck

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    • #3
      I've been using a Sleep Number mattress for about five years. I was skeptical of an overpriced air mattress so I bought their entry level model. Pretty soon I wanted more padding so I added a 3" memory foam topper ($60) inside the padded SN cover. For me, it's just right. I already had an Invacare semi-electric hospital bed ($600) and the SN mattress works fine on that. I used an old LAL mattress and a blanket to protect the SN mattress from the bed springs.
      I've had one problem with the mattress. About a year ago I woke up with the mattress dead empty. I transferred to another bed for the night and the next day got help to check everything I could but found no cause. I reinflated the bed and have not had another issue with it. Probably a valve in the pump unit just didn't close properly.
      One comment on sitting up in bed. I had a pressure wound apparently caused by sitting in bed. After it healed, my PT and wound care specialist both advised me to sit in bed only for very brief periods. For me, sitting more the 30 minutes leaves me with very red skin on my bony butt.
      Last edited by endo_aftermath; 05-19-2020, 09:55 PM. Reason: to correct mispelling

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      • #4
        If you can prop yourself up you can laptop laying prone. Give your backside a rest.
        "Never turn your back on fear. It should always be in front of you, like a thing that might have to be killed." - Hunter Thompson
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        • #5
          Originally posted by endo_aftermath View Post
          I've been using a Sleep Number mattress for about five years. I was skeptical of an overpriced air mattress so I bought their entry level model. Pretty soon I wanted more padding so I added a 3" memory foam topper ($60) inside the padded SN cover. For me, it's just right. I already had an Invacare semi-electric hospital bed ($600) and the SN mattress works fine on that. I used an old LAL mattress and a blanket to protect the SN mattress from the bed springs.
          I've had one problem with the mattress. About a year ago I woke up with the mattress dead empty. I transferred to another bed for the night and the next day got help to check everything I could but found no cause. I reinflated the bed and have not had another issue with it. Probably a valve in the pump unit just didn't close properly.
          One comment on sitting up in bed. I had a pressure wound apparently caused by sitting in bed. After it healed, my PT and wound care specialist both advised me to sit in bed only for very brief periods. For me, sitting more the 30 minutes leaves me with very red skin on my bony butt.
          As in sitting in bed do you mean with the adjustable base up? If so I wonders about thst since it moves mattress and kinda punches it so I always worried it end up being bad for me and didn’t get the adjustable base. Also I have the same p7 bed that I loved for about 7 years and still have it but they have a great warranty so I got a replacement memory foam and the cover at a discounted price way cheaper than buying a new bed and since p7 isn’t made they give you all the parts for the m7 and it’s a lot nicer so if your beds a bit worn I’d spend the cash and talk to them the memory foam will get weak over the years so need to be replaced . But your work loss I haven’t had that but I wouldn’t risk it I recently lost my remote I know stupid so they don’t make the model I have so I had to buy a whole new pump witch sounds like you may need eventually. But they sent me the updated one and it’s crazy nice with remote thst knows you’re name and setting also at discount rate, by no means was it cheap but worth it. Sorry so long but chat with them inline it’s a good way to badicslly get a new bud under the 20 year warranty for a couple hundred $$ I can’t believe how much more comfortable it is now.

          any one looking for a bed sleep number is the way to go and also anyone know if insurance will pay or help pay for a bed like these? Since we have legit reasons for need???

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          • #6
            You said you were worried about possible issues with sleep number and I can tell you know from using forc7 years you will have no issues thst will cause you real problems. Also the newer beds from them ( don’t go cheap) have the air system to once you set you desired air level it will constantly monitor and fill ass needed wile you sleep it’s really cool and air pump is silent won’t even hear . Go with sleep number easy to set up and disassemble I can do it myself in my chair even with the super Harvey memory foam top I have but would be nice with help but best 3k I ever spent.

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            • #7
              We have had a sleep number with adjustable base for years they have great service I definitely recommend them worth every penny
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              • #8
                Are the adjustable bases able to elevate the entire bed up and down (to pick an optimal height for transfers), or do they only elevate the head or the feet?

                My Dad needs to get a new bed at some point, and has developed a lot of skin issues with aging, and I wonder if this could work for him.

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                • #9
                  Before GJ passed, we had started to look at replacement adjustable beds and thought a vertical height adjustment bed may be helpful to and easier on me as the caregiver. I remember at least this one we found. There may be others. https://flexabed.com/adjustable_beds...beds-for-home/

                  NL

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Jeramie630 View Post
                    As in sitting in bed do you mean with the adjustable base up?...
                    Yes, sitting with the head of the bed raised as far as it would go. I would usually raise the bed under my knees also. I don't know if this injury was caused by the Sleep Number mattress, but maybe. I had been sitting up in bed without problems for many years with the previous air mattress of a different brand.
                    My pressure sore was right on my tailbone (coccyx) which did not even touch my wheelchair cushion that I was using at the time, a Roho Hybrid Elite. I have since switched to a Ride Java cushion to provide better hip alignment because of a scoliosis problem. It doesn't contact the area where I had the pressure sore either.

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                    • #11
                      Be really careful with the ride java cushion I switch and used for a year and it helped my tail bone since it kinda hovered but the side but bones that hold everything I started getting a soar on both sides . I loved the cushion but not worth it I went back to a roho and never looked back. Just tryin to help others avoid depressing soars

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                      • #12
                        I have a Personal Comfort air mattress and a Lucid adjustable frame from Amazon as my setup. Very happy with it and significantly cheaper than Sleep Numbert. Good luck

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                        • #13
                          I have been looking at adjustable beds too. I found this comprehensive article. Takes some time to absorb it all. https://bedroom.solutions/best-adjustable-beds/

                          One take away is to investigate the actual manufacturer of the frame and motors. Leggett and Platt seem to be manufacturing and supplying motors and frames for many of the brand name adjustable bed frame distributors.

                          NL

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