Monday, May 28, 2007

Leggett & Platt Enlists Ergonomic Experts To Research Science Of Sleep

The ergonomics of sleep ...

"It’s no secret that sleep deprivation is affecting more and more Americans each day. In a 2005 Harvard Medical School Study involving more than 82,000 nurses, researchers found an increased risk of death among those who slept less than six hours a night.

“This study is alarming and one that everyone involved in the sleep industry should take very seriously,” states Mark Quinn, group executive vice president of sales and marketing for Leggett & Platt’s bedding division. “At Leggett & Platt, we’ve made it one of our top priorities to focus research efforts on improving overall health through improved sleep quality.”

To assist the company in understanding how science impacts sleep and bedding technology, it is enlisting the help of Dr. Susanne Frohriep. Dr. Frohriep comes to Leggett & Platt from the automotive industry in Europe, where she has spent the last three years as an ergonomics specialist, responsible for product development and ergonomic research of comfort products.

“Ergonomics plays a pivotal role in giving consumers the comfort that enables restful sleep, which impacts overall health,” explains Frohriep. “By understanding how ergonomics is connected to better sleep, Leggett & Platt can continue developing innovative sleep systems."    (Continued via Furniture World)    [Ergonomics Resources]

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