Tempur Sealy International Inc has entered into a long-term commitment to the study of sleep science and an exclusive partnership with the University of North Carolina School of Medicine’s Neurodiagnostics and Sleep Science (NDSS) Program in the Department of Allied Health Sciences.

Tempur Sealy has been named the UNC NDSS program’s exclusive Platinum Partner for 2015, in which the company provides funding for innovative courses in advanced neurodiagnostics and sleep science. The results of the studies will be used in further development of the Tempur Sealy product portfolio and will continue the conversation with consumers on how to achieve their best night’s sleep. As part of the partnership, Tempur Sealy also will be providing five academic scholarships for the 2015-16 year to students studying within the UNC NDSS program.

“Our mission at Tempur Sealy is to always deliver transformative, restful sleep to consumers. Working closely with leading authorities on sleep science at UNC Chapel Hill is a big part of making good on that promise each and every night,” says Dan Query, senior vice president of Global Product Development at Tempur Sealy, in a release. “The faculty and students in the School of Medicine share in Tempur Sealy’s desire to develop products, equipment, and new ideas that enhance the science of sleep.”

Tempur Sealy has worked to improve product offerings based on data from UNC NDSS studies and white papers. Researchers confirmed the necessity of keeping the spine in a neutral lumbar position during sleep, so Tempur Sealy reinforced its CoreSupport Center technology used in the center third of each mattress in the 2015 Sealy Posturepedic product line. In addition, the new TEMPUR-Cloud “Soft and Lofty” and “Soft and Conforming” pillows were built with insights on proper cervical spine alignment from NDSS. No matter if a person is a back, side, or stomach sleeper, the TEMPUR-Cloud pillows provide precise spine alignment as well as head, neck, and shoulder support to ensure the highest degree of comfort during sleep.

“Now entering our fourth year with Tempur Sealy, we have seen great advancements made to the program here at NDSS in a way that benefits students, faculty, staff, and, most importantly, our patients,” says Mary Ellen Wells, PhD, RPSGT, REEGT, RNCST, clinical assistant professor and Department of Allied Health Sciences director. “We are excited for the continued partnership and look forward to working with Tempur Sealy to help people get their best night’s sleep every night.”

Throughout the duration of the partnership, the two organizations will also work together to regularly deliver tips and insights to consumers that will assist them in improving their sleep hygiene and overall wellness.