The European Bedding Industries’ Association was created in January 2000. Its founding members are the national bedding associations of Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and The Netherlands, and 3 multinational groups, i.e. Oniris, Recticel and Slumberland.

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2013 / Kathleen McGrath - Winner of the 2013 EBIA Award

Budapest (Hungary) 12th September –

 

The European Bedding Industries’ Association (EBIA), the umbrella organization of the bedding industry in Europe, announced Kathleen McGrath as the winner of the 2013 EBIA Award. Being a prominent and widely respected nurse in the sleep research eld, Kathleen McGrath founded in 1986 the Medical Advisory Service (MAS), a nurse-run telephone information charity specialising in providing information and advice on the retraining and working with nurses invalided out of the National Health Service (NHS). MAS has provided an insomnia helpline, Sleep Matters, for well over 20 years now, providing an essential lifeline to insomniacs throughout the UK. As a media & communications advisor she also uses her broad clinical and medical communications experience to write and broadcast on medical and sleep matters for several media (TV, Radio, consumer print media,…).

 

For the Sleep Council, Kathleen wrote the information leaet, The Good-Night Guide for Children, published in 2009 and in 2012 helped to develop the interactive website, www.perfectsleepenvironment.org.uk. With this award,EBIA recognizes Kathleen McGrath’s tireless dedication to sleep quality and her bridge-building efforts with the bedding industry. EBIA will therefore further strengthen its ties with Mrs McGrath, to pave the way for the improvement of the sleeping experience of consumers all over Europe.

 

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2012 / Doctor François Duforez - Named Winner of the 2012 EBIA Award

Edinburgh (United Kingdom) 13th September –

 

The European Bedding Industries’ Association (EBIA), the umbrella organisation of the bedding industry in Europe, announced Dr. François Duforez as the winner of the 2012 EBIA Award. Being a prominent and widely respected researcher in the sleep research field, Doctor Duforez currently works as a consultant at the physiology and sleep research department of the Hôtel Dieu Hospital in Paris, France. In 2007 he founded the European Sleep Center (ESC), an institute that conducts research for individuals as well as collectivities in order to diagnose the relationship between sleeping difficulties and concentration levels. With this award, EBIA recognizes Doctor Duforez’ tireless dedication to sleep research and his bridge-building efforts with the bedding industry. EBIA will therefore further strengthen its ties with Doctor Duforez, to pave the way for future research to improve the sleeping experience of consumers all over Europe.

 

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2011 / Belgian Professor Raymond Cluydts Winner of the 2011 EBIA Award

Brussels / Marrakesh 7th October –

 

The European Bedding Industries’ Association (EBIA), the umbrella organisation of the bedding industry in Europe with headquarters in Brussels, announced Belgian Prof Dr Raymond Cluydts of the University of Brussels, as the winner of the 2011 EBIA Award. As a prominent and widely respected researcher in the sleep research field, Professor Cluydts has focused on the effects of sleep deprivation in healthy individuals. As one of the founding fathers of the Belgian Association of Study of Sleep (BASS) Professor Cluydts is convinced that good and state-of-the-art bedding benefits the consumer. With this award, EBIA strives to provide further momentum for Prof Cluydts’ sleep research, which assists the bedding industry in permanently improving its products and the quality of sleep, undoubtedly in the interest of the European bedding consumer.

 

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2009 / Dr. Damien Léger announced winner of the 2009 EBIA Award

Brussels (Belgium), 8 October –

 

At their annual General Assembly on 8th October, the European Bedding Industries’ Association (EBIA) announced the winner of the 2009 EBIA Award, which this year goes to Dr. Damien Léger from France. Dr Léger’s main concern is that people are sleeping less and less. It has become increasingly hard for twenty-first century men and women to fit a day’s activities into 24 hours, while allowing for the fact that we sleep at least a third of that time. A recent survey by Dr. Léger’s centre revealed that the French, on average, are sleeping up to 1.5 hr less every night than they did 50 years ago. With this award, EBIA hopes to recognize his exceptional contribution to the domain of sleep pathology.

 

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2009 / Presbericht 5 mei 2009 – STUDIE: NIEUWE MATRAS VERMINDERT STRESS

 

De nieuwe studie ‘Back pain, Sleep Quality and Perceived Stress Following Introduction of New Bedding Systems’ van de Oklahoma State University in de VS toont aan dat mensen beter slapen, minder rugpijn en ook beduidend minder stresssymptomen vertonen als ze slapen op een nieuw bed. Prof. Bert Jacobson, hoofdonderzoeker van de School of Educational Studies van de Oklahoma Univerity is niet aan zijn proefstuk toe : eerder deed hij al een onderzoek naar de relatie van nieuwe matrassen, rugpijn, slaapkwaliteit en slaapefficiëntie. De resultaten van beide studies werden gepubliceerd in het toonaangevende tijdschrift ‘Journal of Chiropractic Medicine’.

 

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2009 / Communiqué de presse – 5 mai 2009 – ETUDE: UN NOUVEAU MATELAS REDUIT LE STRESS

 

La nouvelle étude « Back pain, Sleep Quality and Perceived Stress Following Introduction of New Bedding Systems » réalisée par l’Oklahoma State University aux Etats-Unis indique que les personnes qui dorment sur un nouveau matelas ont un meilleur sommeil, souffrent moins de douleurs dorsales et présentent un nombre réduit de symptômes de stress. Le Professeur Bert Jacobson, chercheur principal à la School of Educational Studies de l’université d’Oklahoma n’en est pas à son coup d’essai : il avait déjà réalisé une étude sur le lien entre un nouveau matelas, les douleurs dorsales et la qualité et l’efficacité du sommeil. Les résultats de ses deux études ont été publiés dans le prestigieux « Journal of Chiropractic Medicine ».

 

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2008 / Persbericht 3 maart 2008: ERGONOMIE-MAGAZINE PUBLICEERT OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY MATRASONDERZOEK

De studie linkt beter slaapcomfort, verminderde rugpijn aan nieuwe matras

 

(Brussel, België & Alexandria, Virginia, VS) – Het baanbrekend matrasonderzoek van de Oklahoma State University zal gepubliceerd worden in het maart-nummer van de Journal of Applied Ergonomics. Het rapport linkt zowel betere slaapkwaliteit en comfort als verminderde rugpijn, stijfheid en schouderpijn aan het slapen op een nieuwe matras (in vergelijking met matrassen van 5 jaar of ouder). Volgens de studie nemen de initiële voordelen enkel toe in de tijd, ongeacht de leeftijd, gewicht, grootte of BMI (body mass index) van de deelnemers aann het onderzoek.

 

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2008 / Communiqué de presse 3 mars 2008: LE MAGAZINE D’ERGONOMIE PUBLIE UNE ETUDE SUR LES MATELAS REALISEE PAR L’OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY

L’étude établit le lien entre un meilleur confort du sommeil, une diminution des maux de dos et un nouveau matelas

 

(Bruxelles, Belgique & Alexandria, Virginie, USA) – L’enquête innovatrice portant sur les matelas et réalisée par l’Oklahoma State University sera publiée dans le numéro de mars du Journal of Applied Ergonomics. Le rapport établit le lien entre d’une part une meilleure qualité de sommeil, un meilleur confort du sommeil et une diminution des maux de dos, des raideurs et des douleurs à l’épaule, et d’autre part le fait de dormir sur un nouveau matelas (en comparaison avec des matelas de 5 ans ou plus). D’après cette étude, ces bénéfices initiaux augmentent avec le temps, indépendamment de l’âge, du poids, de la taille ou de l’IMC (indice de masse corporelle) des participants à l’étude.

 

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2007 / International Day of Sleep - Groundbreaking Study confirms Importance of New Mattress

BRUSSELS, 21st March 2007- For the first time, an independent and scientific research study performed by Dr. Bert Jacobson of the Oklahoma State University and supported by EBIA, confirmed the link between a good mattress and a good night’s sleep. The choice of a new mattress can improve up to 63 percent of high back pain complaints.

 

Millions of people are affected by lack of sleep, making it one of the most frequent health problems of today’s society. The International Day of Sleep – held each year on 21st March – focuses on this too often neglected problem. A deficiency of sleep interferes with daytime activity, social interactions and mood, which can also be associated with loss of work productivity and accidents.

 

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2007 / Internationale Dag van de Slaap – Baanbrekende studie bevestigt belang van nieuwe matras

BRUSSEL, 21 maart 2007 – Voor de eerste keer heeft een onafhankelijke, wetenschappelijke onderzoeksstudie, uitgevoerd door Dr. Bert Jacobson van de Oklahoma State University en met de steun van EBIA, het verband aangetoond tussen een goede matras en een degelijke nachtrust. De keuze voor een nieuwe matras kan het aantal ernstige rugklachten tot 63 procent verlagen.

 

Miljoenen mensen lijden aan slaapgebrek, waardoor dit één van de meest voorkomende gezondheidsproblemen van de hedendaagse samenleving is geworden. De Internationale Dag van de Slaap, die elk jaar op 21 maart wordt gehouden, richt de aandacht op dit al te vaak verwaarloosde probleem. Slaapgebrek kan in grote mate de dagdagelijkse activiteiten, de sociale contacten en het humeur beïnvloeden wat op zijn beurt een verlies van werkproductiviteit en ongevallen kan veroorzaken.

 

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2007 / Journée internationale du sommeil : une nouvelle étude confirme l’importance d’un nouveau matelas

Bruxelles, le 21 mars 2007 – Pour la première fois, une étude scientifique indépendante réalisée par Dr. Bert Jacobson de l’Oklahoma State University avec le soutien de l’EBIA (Association européenne de la literie) a mis en évidence le lien entre un bon matelas et la qualité du sommeil. Cette étude établit que dormir sur un nouveau matelas permettrait de réduire le mal de dos jusqu’à 63%.

 

Aujourd’hui, des millions de personnes souffrent d’un manque de sommeil, ce qui en fait un des problèmes les plus fréquents de la société actuelle. C’est pourquoi la journée internationale du sommeil, qui se déroule chaque année le 21 mars, se consacre à cette question trop souvent négligée. Le manque de sommeil, qui interfère avec les activités quotidiennes, les relations sociales et l’humeur, peut également être une cause de la baisse de la productivité au travail et provoquer des accidents.

 

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2005 / EBIA appoints new President

At its annual reunion held in Amsterdam on 15th and 16th September 2005, the General Assembly of the Brussels based European Bedding Industries’ Association (EBIA) elected Mr. Frank Verschuere, a Belgian national and member of EBIA’s Board of Directors, to the Presidency of the association.
Mr. Verschuere was nominated for an initial 3-year term in office. He will replace EBIA’s co-founder and late President Mr. Teddy Ancion, who unexpectedly passed away last June after a short illness.

 

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2004 / EBIA’s Extra News Bulletin Promotion Campaign in EBIA’s Territory

In line with the conclusions of the marketing working group and the General Assembly held in Berlin, EBIA’s Board has appointed Zeylmaker&Partners, a Dutch advertising agency experienced in the bedding world, to prepare a European promotion campaign. Their mission is to develop a TV-commercial, a radio spot, artwork for press, and POS material, all in English. Translation, choice of media and media buying will be organised by the national federations. The relevant consumers’ pre-test has meanwhile been successfully finalised and the elaboration of the campaign has now entered the production phase. Some countries, having just started their own campaigns, will later decide how to use the European campaign. All ready materials will be presented during EBIA’s forthcoming General Assembly in September in Lisbon.

 

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2004 / Effect of firmness of mattress on chronic non-specific low-back pain: randomised, double-blind, controlled, multi-centre trial

Dear Member,
We grasp this opportunity to draw your attention to an interesting scientific study directly involving mattresses, carried out by the Kovacs Foundation in Spain (*). It is entitled

 

“Effect of firmness of mattress on chronic non-specific low-back pain: randomised, double-blind, controlled, multi-centre trial”

 

and has meanwhile also been published in the renowned medial journal The Lancet. Though conclusive scientific evidence is still lacking, the study of clearly established a positive link between patients suffering from chronic low-back pain and the beneficial effects of new medium firm and firm new mattresses on their conditions.

 

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2001 / Press Release 2nd General Assembly of the European Bedding Industries’ Association Montecatini (Italy), 20th & 21st September 2001

On 20th & 21st September 2001 the charming thermal city of Montecatini became the European capital of the bedding industry. Invited by EBIA (European Bedding Industries’ Association), About 140 people came to Italy for two days of hard work, informal meetings and relaxation.

 

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2001 / Communiqué de Presse 2ième Assemblée Générale de l’Association Européenne de la Literie Montecatini (Italie), les 20 et 21 septembre 2001

Les 20 et 21 septembre 2001, la charmante station thermale italienne de Montecatini est devenue la capitale européenne de la literie. Répondant à l’invitation du syndicat européen de la literie (European Bedding Industries Association ), plus de 140 personnes se sont retrouvées pour deux journées de travail, de rencontres et de détente.

 

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