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Huge loads of homework is probably harming kids way more than it is helping.

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A new study says that the biggest cause of stress for children is too much homework. It topped bullying, parental expectations and self-esteem.

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Learn about the relationship between sleep and mental health so you can improve the quality of your zzz’s. Visit the Better Sleep Council Blog and see how it helps you discover the connection between sleep and your mental well-being. The World Federation for Mental Health began observing World Mental Health Day in 1992 as a way to promote mental health advocacy and educate the public on relevant issues – which makes this a timely opportunity for us to share some facts about the connections between sleep and mental health.

Don’t worry, you are not dreaming! Good sleep leads to good health and a better quality of life. By reading the Better Sleep Council Blog, you will gain insights and resources to help you sleep better, and live happier.

#BSCSleepTips

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The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has released its preliminary injury determination in the China mattress antidumping Case.  The nonconfidential version of its 3-0 preliminary affirmative injury determination and report in its antidumping investigation of mattresses from the Peoples Republic of China. This document describes the factors that the Commissioners considered relevant in finding a reasonable indication that unfairly traded imports of mattresses from China caused material injury to the U.S. mattress industry. The staff report summarizes and analyzes the data that the ITC staff collected about the U.S. mattress market in its preliminary investigation from U.S. mattress producers, importers of mattresses from China and other sources. This market information may be useful to ISPA members.

The next step in this proceeding is for the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) to investigate whether and to what extent mattresses imported from China and sold in the United States have been dumped. DOC’s preliminary antidumping determination is currently scheduled to be released in late February 2019, although that deadline may be postponed by several weeks. If DOC finds that dumping has occurred, it will instruct Customs to collect deposits of antidumping duties on future imports of mattresses from China in an amount equal to the dumping margin. DOC could also instruct Customs to impose the antidumping duties retroactively on goods that entered the United States up to 90 days before its preliminary antidumping determination. The antidumping duties to be collected will be in addition to any regular or other import duties (including Section 301 duties) collected on these imported products.

If DOC subsequently issues a final determination in which it finds that dumping has occurred, the ITC will conduct a final investigation to determine whether the unfairly traded imports are materially injuring the U.S. mattress industry. Depending on the timing of Commerce’s preliminary determination, that injury investigation would likely begin in spring 2019. An ITC final injury investigation will consider the same issues that the Commission analyzed in its preliminary injury determination. The main difference between a preliminary and final ITC injury investigation is that in a final investigation, the ITC staff has additional time to collect market data and conduct a more thorough analysis of the U.S. industry, whether the industry has been materially injured and whether the unfairly traded imports are a cause of that injury.

Please contact ISPA if you have questions about this proceeding.

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The International Sleep Products Association (ISPA) represents manufacturers of mattresses and other sleep products and suppliers of components and services to the sleep products industry. As the voice of the sleep products industry for over 100 years, our mission is to lead and advance the interests of this industry.

ISPA supports the petition filed today by several of our members requesting an antidumping investigation on unfairly traded finished mattresses from the People’s Republic of China. On behalf of the entire industry, we have closely monitored the exponential growth of imported mattresses from China. As demonstrated in our 2017 Mattress Industry Trends Report, U.S. mattress imports increased over 100% from 2016 to 2017 while shipments of U.S. manufactured mattresses decreased over the same period. This was the first year-over-year decrease in U.S. shipments in nearly a decade.

ISPA’s members support thousands of manufacturing and related jobs in nearly every state of the United States and in countries around the world. U.S. sleep products manufacturers invest heavily in research, technology and marketing to develop, manufacture and sell world-class products in the United States and globally that provide consumers a safe and restful night’s sleep. They have the right under U.S. law and global trade rules to compete on a level playing field.

ISPA promotes free but fair trade, which requires that companies respect globally recognized rules that govern international trade in goods. The petition alleges that Chinese mattresses are being sold at dumping margins that range from 267 to over 1700 percent, and that the significant increase in those imports have caused material injury or threaten material injury to the entire U.S. mattress industry. The U.S. Department of Commerce and U.S. International Trade Commission should carefully investigate the claims of dumping and injury set forth in the petition and provide the U.S. mattress industry the appropriate relief provided for under U.S. law.

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The International Sleep Products Association (ISPA) has responded to important shifts in the bedding industry in preparing the 2017 Mattress Industry Trends Report released today. In providing market intelligence essential to industry success, ISPA, the trade association for mattress manufacturers and suppliers, has published the latest and most comprehensive shipment and sales data available from any source on the industry’s current and historical trends.

“ISPA has made several important improvements in the quality and depth of the data presented in this year’s report,” noted ISPA President Ryan Trainer. “First, ISPA has revised our sampling factors-as we do every five years-to reflect the current bedding market. The biggest change since our last update in 2011 is the rapid growth in the boxed bedding segment. We are happy to announce that our 2016 and 2017 U.S. shipments data includes this important and growing segment.

“Second, we have added two new data points for motion foundations, capturing both the full size of the market for this product as well imports. Finally, mattress imports have grown swiftly. So that our readers can better analyze all segments that make up U.S. demand for bedding, this year’s report groups trends in U.S. mattress and stationary foundation shipments, motion foundation sales and imports together in the first three charts,” said Trainer.

In addition to these improvements, the 2017 report features the most comprehensive sales information available that ISPA members, mattress retailers and those in the financial sector can use to track key business trends and make important commercial and investment decisions.

The report includes a 20-year history of wholesale units, dollars and average unit prices for mattresses and foundations sold in the United States; regional sales data; mattress-size trends; price point data; household consumption information; contract sales; data on econometric factors that influence the industry; expert commentary on industry issues and a world mattress report prepared by the Italian firm of Centre for Industrial Studies (CSIL).

“For over 100 years, ISPA has been both the source for industry statistics, but has worked to improve the data we publish. We welcome your feedback on our improvements to this year’s report,” said Trainer.

The Mattress Industry Trends Report is one part of ISPA’s statistical program. ISPA’s other statistical reports include:

  • Bedding Market Quarterly (a quarterly report on mattress and foundation shipments)
  • Mattress Industry Forecast (a semi-annual forecast of industry shipments)

For more information about the 2017 Mattress Industry Trends Report or other statistical products, contact Jane Oseth, joseth@sleepproducts.org, 703-683-8371.

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ISPA Issues 1st Forecast for 2018

ISPA’s Statistics Committee has released the 1st forecast for the U.S. mattress market for 2018.  This forecast covers calendar years 2018 through 2019.  Unit and value growth is expected to continue over the forecast period.

Based in part on an economic analysis prepared by the University of Michigan, and input from the Committee, the consensus view is that both the quantity and value of mattress shipments will continue to grow in 2018 and 2019. For 2018, the forecast shows a 3.5% increase in the value of mattress shipments and a 1.5% increase in units shipped. For 2019, the forecast shows a 4.0% increase in the value of mattress shipments and a 2.0% increase in units shipped.

The forecast also contains timely economic and market analyses provided by Jerry Epperson, of Mann, Armistead & Epperson, Ltd., and Ashraf Abdul Mohsen of Association Research Inc.

ISPA updates and publishes the Mattress Industry Forecast two or three times a year, depending on market conditions. Click here for an explanation of the process ISPA follows in developing its forecasts and the various economic factors that the ISPA Statistics Committee takes into consideration in preparing the forecast.

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ISPA Releases the 2017-2018 Production Wage & Management Compensation Report

This report is designed to allow ISPA members to easily compare their compensation levels and benefits policies with similar mattress manufacturers.  This report offers the following breakdowns:

  • All Firms (National Composite)
  • By Geographic Area
  • By Number of Production Employees
  • By Net Corporate Sales (Management Compensation)
  • By Unionization (Union vs. Non-Union)

A continuing feature for this year’s report is a section providing cost of living index information for selected areas throughout the United States which allows participating ISPA members to accurately measure the cost of living in their particular area.

All participating companies receive a national composite report and a customized individual Company Wage Report.  Please follow the instructions provided to you by Industry Insights to download from the secure portal.

Non-participating members may purchase the national composite report for $500 by logging into your ISPA website account.  Contact Jane Oseth, joseth@sleepproducts.org, with questions.

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There is now a a fun, interactive infographic that gives retailers insight into their customers and help generate more sales. It’s mobile friendly and just what the bedding industry needs to get to know their potential customers.

In May, the Better Sleep Council, the consumer-education arm of the International Sleep Products Association, launched an interactive infographic, “A Mini Field Guide to the Mattress Shopper,” which includes consumer shopping habits, as well as sleep needs and preferences, to help retail sales associates learn more about their customers and nab more sales.

“Our goal is to provide our industry insights into today’s consumer and what they are thinking, how they shop and their perceptions on sleep and their mattress,” says Mary Helen Rogers, ISPA vice president of marketing and communications. “We wanted to develop an evergreen resource that RSAs and anyone selling sleep products can access. We will debut the interactive digital infographic this month during ‘May Is Better Sleep Month’ and will continue to add details and information to the resource each year, giving more insights into today’s consumer.”

The animated infographic, housed at SleepProducts.org, is a playful, easily digestible and visual way to review consumer statistics and to understand the nuances of shoppers by age and gender. Profiles analyze male and female shoppers in three age brackets: 18 to 34, 35 to 54, and 55 and older.

For example, younger consumers (ages 18 to 34) typically are buying their first mattress and 25% how no idea what brand or type of mattress they are sleeping on. But we do know some things about how they sleep and what they want: 60% are side sleepers, 32% want a hypoallergenic mattress, 21% want a firm-edge mattress, 15% could be sold a bed frame, 11% could be sold pillows and 17% are considering adjustable bases. In addition, 78% want enough room for two people on a queen-size or king-size mattress—unfortunately, they’re willing to pay only $400 to $600 for one.

The field guide also offers tips specific to each generation. For instance, chances are younger consumers have never considered buying a bed. RSAs may need to take time to educate them on which mattress might suit them best.

How did the BSC and Sleep Savvy glean these insights into bedding consumers? The digital shopper profiles were synthesized from an extensive analysis of existing proprietary BSC data. First, the BSC consumer research conducted in 2016 offers a robust look at mattress shopping behavior, along with people’s changing attitudes about sleep. For example, trends that emerged from this project indicate consumers’ expectations of a mattress’ life span have dropped below the 10-year mark for the first time since 1996. (For more about the 2016 consumer research study, see the January/February, March and April 2017 issues of Sleep Savvy at SleepSavvyMagazine.com.)

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ALEXANDRIA, VA—April 3, 2018—As part of its ongoing effort to help consumers understand the importance of a good night’s sleep, the Better Sleep Council (BSC), the consumer-education arm of the International Sleep Products Association (ISPA), is launching an edgy campaign for May’s Better Sleep Month.

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To continue helping consumers start every day with a good night’s sleep, the Better Sleep Council (BSC), the consumer-education arm of the International Sleep Products Association, is unveiling the Better Sleep Council Blog on February 13.

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Prioritizing Sleep Pays Off: Stay Alert at Work by Improving Your Sleep Habits, from Getting the Right Amount of Sleep to the Quality of Your Mattress! In a Nutshell: Despite the crucial role it plays in health and mental benefits, quality sleep is not as highly prioritized as nutrition and exercise in the minds of many Americans. Prioritizing Sleep Article in an article where the Better Sleep Council provide tips and ideas for getting a better night’s sleep!

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