Sealy Spokesperson Offers Sleep Tips To US Airways and Northwest Airlines Passengers


May 09, 2003, 01:00 ET from Sealy, Inc.

    TRINITY, N.C., May 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Getting a good night's sleep is a
 challenge travelers face frequently, but Sealy's sleep wellness spokesperson
 is working to educate airline passengers this spring that quality sleep away
 from home can be achieved.  Dot Richardson, M.D., orthopedic surgeon and
 medical director of the USA Triathlon National Training Center in Clermont,
 FL, was recently interviewed on the importance of getting a good night's sleep
 away from home.  Her radio interview will air on all US Airways flights in May
 and June and on all Northwest Airlines flights in May.
     In the interview Dr. Richardson, who is also the Vice Chairman of The
 President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, informs travelers:
     -- Quality sleep is an important part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle
     -- Sleep impacts the ability to handle a full day's worth of activities
     -- People need a bed that makes them feel comfortable and gives them
        support so they can fall asleep faster and get deep, restorative sleep
        in order to feel good the next morning and be more productive
     -- Sleeping on a good mattress is just as important whether you are on the
        road or at home
     -- When planning a trip, call hotels before booking to determine what kind
        of mattresses they offer
     "We are happy that Dr. Dot Richardson is addressing the importance of
 getting a good night's sleep away from home," said Dave McIlquham, President
 and Chief Executive Officer of Sealy, Inc.  "Sealy is committed to giving
 travelers the same restful sleep in a hotel that they have come to expect from
 a Sealy mattress in their home.  To accomplish this, Sealy employs the same
 state-of-the-art technology to hospitality bedding found in all Sealy
 products.  We work closely with leading hotel chains such as Four Seasons,
 Ritz Carlton, Le Meridien, Sheraton, and Hyatt to design mattresses that meet
 their specific needs and provide exceptional comfort and support using our
 patented designs."
     About Dot Richardson
     Dot Richardson, M.D., is an orthopedic surgeon and the medical director of
 the USA Triathlon National Training Center, a part of South Lake Hospital in
 Clermont Fla.  She is also the Vice Chairman of The President's Council on
 Physical Fitness and Sports and a two-time Olympic gold medallist in softball.
 Through a partnership with Sealy, Inc., Dr. Richardson is currently leading
 the company's Sleep Wellness Campaign.
     About Sealy
     Sealy is the largest bedding manufacturer in the world.  In the U.S.,
 Sealy serves more than 7,000 retail outlets in all 50 states.  Including its
 subsidiaries, Sealy has 31 manufacturing plants in the United States, Canada,
 France, Italy, Brazil, Argentina and Mexico.  There are a total of 11
 international licensees operating in Australia, Israel, Jamaica, Dominican
 Republic, Saudi Arabia, Japan, New Zealand, Thailand, South Africa, the
 Bahamas and the United Kingdom.  In addition to its licensees, Sealy has a
 joint venture in Southeast Asia, India and Korea.
     Sealy produces and sells a full range of mattresses under the Sealy, Sealy
 Posturepedic(R), Stearns & Foster and Bassett brand names, and more orthopedic
 surgeons sleep on Sealy Posturepedic than any other mattress.  Sealy-branded
 licensed products include: office seating, crib mattresses, sheets, pillows,
 mattress pads, comforters, sofa sleepers, and futons.  More information on
 Sealy, Inc. can be accessed at

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