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Waterbeds 101

My presumption to anyone investing their time reading the following is that they are interested in gathering information to assist in making a more well informed decision on the selection of the best performing sleep surface.  Also, before you expose yourself further I feel it is important to disclose the person authoring the following [waterbed information, waterbeds furniture, waterbeds products, waterbeds softsides, waterbeds hardsides, waterbeds services and waterbeds supplies] waterbed information has been self admittedly brainwashed by the combination of exposure to mattress industry marketing and the physics of flotation done properly.

This being said, the following information and evaluation is being presented as objectively as possible and the author would appreciate input or constructive criticism to improve accuracy.

To begin with, it is important for waterbed mattress purchasers to realize many of the elements of quality sleep time recharge are not considered when making a purchasing decision.  The elements I speak of are not only frequently not considered but are instrumental in my opinion allowing waterbed mattress manufacturers to not be totally truthful with [waterbed information, waterbeds furniture, waterbeds products, waterbeds softsides, waterbeds hardsides, waterbeds services and waterbeds supplies] the consumer.     

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One of these is,  if you get tired enough you can sleep anywhere .  One may ask, why is this even a consideration?   The answer is sleeping and quality sleep are not one in the same.  Because one goes into a newly purchased mattress  with a good positive mental attitude it does not mean the product will perform according to your first impression experience.  I feel it takes weeks or even months for your body to speak silently as it does to you night in and night out.  This is but one of the reasons a waterbed mattress sale will stick  and a sleep comfort warranty may not be utilized.      

Another element is a mattress is generally purchased after a short, in shop, test rest .  This process only provides a first impression but in reality the actual performance of a mattress is determined after weeks or months of use.  Unless the waterbed mattress performs horribly in the home a person is unaware of what they may be missing.     

Another of the elements not considered is:   the human body is not equipped with the ability to evaluate on a first impression basis whether true comfort will be provided by your selection.  Aside from flotation the only mattress with any adjustability in the home is the air bed.  This is not an endorsement for air because the physical principle the air bed is based on is surface tension.  When the air chamber is tight you have a flat bed much like innerspring but when you release air it becomes progressively more hammock like.

This modified hammock shape is ok when sleeping on your back but side or stomach sleepers realize this creates the need for a modified fetal position for comfort. Price does not necessarily play a role in sleeping quality.  Another element is that when you awake in the morning you really don't know how efficient your recharge from the previous night has been because you have slept thru it.    [waterbed information, waterbeds furniture, waterbeds products, waterbeds softsides, waterbeds hardsides, waterbeds services and waterbeds supplies]  

In an effort to communicate the basic elements of the product of waterbeds I feel it is important to also establish the facts and physics relating to all sleep surface products generally available in today's marketplace.  For the most part, the vast majority of these alternative to water products can be divided into the following categories: innerspring mattresses, memory foam mattresses such as the Tempur-pedic/Swedish Foam mattresses and air mattresses such as the Sleep Number Bed.