A massage chair can be supremely comforting for a tired body after a draining day at work. People who have massage chairs at their homes usually want to get as much work out of it as possible. A massage chair relaxes the muscles, takes away the spinal pain, deals with the calf & foot massages, and gives full-body massages using air compressors. After 30 to 45 minutes of an intensive massage session, our bodies get used to the comfort of a massage chair. Many people don't even want to get up and go to bed after their massage sessions. Are you one of those people who want to sleep in a massage chair after a comforting session? It raises an extremely important question:
Can You Sleep In A Massage Chair?
You certainly can sleep in a massage chair. There is no restriction that we know of. However, the most pertinent question shouldn't be whether or not you can sleep in a massage chair. The real question should be framed as: Is it wise to sleep in a massage chair? Now, you might not like what we have to say here, but we can't sell you a lie just to increase our sales. No, it wouldn't be a wise decision to spend your night in a massage chair. You can take a short nap for a couple of hours in a massage chair, though. It won't harm you if you take a nap in the massage chair. But, you shouldn't sleep in a massage chair throughout the night. We'll discuss the factors that are going against this idea further in the article. Before that, we'd like to tell you that there are certain health conditions because of which sleeping in a massage chair could be a good idea. Let's check those out first:
People who can sleep in a massage chair
People with gruesome back or neck pain: Many people suffer from terrible neck or back pain issues. They find it challenging to sleep in a conventional flatbed. A flat and badly-padded bed can even increase their pain by not supporting their muscles. Even if the bed is extremely padded, the pain can increase because of their body's horizontal orientation. In such cases, sleeping in a massage chair can provide some relief. High-quality massage chairs, such as Infinity Riage X3, Inada DreamWave, and others, provide great reclining options (including zero-gravity). If you can not sleep in a flatbed because of your back or neck pain, you can sleep in a massage chair.
People recovering from surgery: People who are recovering from surgery can sleep in a massage chair as long as they recover. Medical emergencies can arise anytime, and you can't predict anything. God forbids, but if you or your loved ones have to go through surgery, you can sleep in a massage chair till you recover. A massage chair provides better cushioning than many of the high-end beds. Osaki OS-4D Escape, Synca JP1100 Ultra Premium 4D, and many other premium massage chairs can help you with your sleeping needs in such times.
People with acid reflux symptoms: Some people experience a burning sensation in the tummy because of acid reflux. It gets intensified in the night as the impact of gravity on our digestive system gets diminished. Sleeping in a reclined position can help in dealing with this issue. In a reclined position, gravity will help the stomach to push down the food content from your esophagus.
People with conditions like sleep apnea: In obstructive sleep apnea, the throat muscles block the air pipe as they get relaxed. Because of this, breathing problems and snoring get caused. It has been medically proven that a reclined sleeping position can help with sleep apnea. By keeping your head at a higher position than your chest, the symptoms may eventually fade away.
Pregnant women in their second or third trimester: Pregnant women need as much sleep as possible. However, it is medically not recommended for pregnant women in their second or third trimester to sleep on their back. It might lead to low blood circulation to the lower back and fetus. Sleeping on a side is highly recommended under such circumstances. However, if you are not comfortable sleeping on the side, you can sleep on a semi-reclined massage chair.
A massage chair can be a bed for people with the above conditions. However, it is not a viable and long-term solution for people with no such conditions. In fact, you might experience discomforts and side-effects if you sleep for 6 to 8 hours in a massage chair every night.
Why shouldn't you sleep in a massage chair for 6-8 hours?
1. Inability to move your legs & feet: A massage chair with a calf and foot massaging mechanism makes it difficult to move and place your legs anywhere else. If you want to sleep for an entire night in a massage chair, you'll undoubtedly get uncomfortable. The solution to this situation would be massage chairs with switchable footrests, like Osaki OS-PRO SOHO 4D and Synca Kagra 4D Premium massage chairs.
2. Chairs with unparked massage rollers: In some low-end massage chairs. The rollers do not get parked to a specific position after the session gets over. They keep sticking out from underneath the backrest. If you have such a massaging chair, it'd be painful for your back to sleep in it for an extended period of time.
3. It might cause breathing issues: Sleeping in a reclined massage chair can cause breathing issues because of a hunched upper back. This position can also cause blood congestion if you sleep in a massage chair for a long period of time.
4. Your joints could get stiffed: Your knees will remain bent throughout the night if you sleep in a massage chair. It could cause knee stiffness over a period. Even your hips can tighten up if you sleep in a massage chair every night.
We believe in honesty before business, and this is why we wouldn't recommend you to sleep in a massage chair for 6 to 8 hours every night. Unless you have the discussed health conditions, you should use your bed for sleeping. However, you can take a short, comfy nap for 2-3 hours in your massage chair without any harm.
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