More than 60 million American adults and children live with asthma or allergies, which are chronic respiratory diseases characterized by sneezing, wheezing, coughing and difficulty breathing. Bedrooms, beds – and mattresses in particular – can be major sources of asthma and allergy triggers, since they often harbour dust mites, pet dander, irritating chemicals and gases, and more. So it’s no surprise that patients frequently report night-time symptoms, difficulty sleeping, and morning congestion as some of their most common frustrations.
Now, the world’s first Certified asthma & allergy friendly™ mattress has been designed thanks to a successful research & development partnership between Spring Air and airmid healthgroup. airmid provided advanced research & design advice during the prototype and commercialization stages for Spring Air’s new-generation of Breathe™ mattresses.
THE RIGHT PARTNER
airmid’s unique research and scientific experience provided Spring Air with the capabilities and knowledge to manufacture a set of mattresses that could receive asthma & allergy friendly™ certification by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), the first certification of its kind for a mattress.
Spring Air, a leading US brand of mattresses, wished to continue their company tradition of innovative product positioning. Partnering with airmid healthgroup, an ISO 17025:2005 accredited testing laboratory for house dust mite allergen (Der p 1), they undertook a research and development project to construct a better product that would achieve certification.
THE BEST SCIENCE
The mattress development project focused on making the sleep environment more suitable for people with asthma and allergies. airmid used controlled environmental chambers and state of the art analytical technology and applied a three-stage testing process:
- Stage 1 – Barrier Function of Encasing Materials
- Stage 2 – Component Emission Testing
- Stage 3 – Real-Time Allergen Testing on Constructed Product
"Since 1926, Spring Air has marketed innovative mattresses and sleep sets to the US consumer’” said Rick Robinson, President at Spring Air. “Today, our investment in ground-breaking research with our partner airmid healthgroup provides us a new and superior ability to develop even better products to make the bedroom healthier.”
“We’re excited to partner with a progressive company like Spring Air, and play a role in their efforts to innovate products with technological and marketing advantages,” said Dr. Bruce Mitchell, CEO at airmid healthgroup. “They join a growing list of successful companies that have leveraged our chamber and integrated analytical facilities and resources to provide their customers with the highest quality products.”
The certified matrasses are already available through the Costco web site.