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Study Shows Tempur-Pedic (R) Can Help With Agitation from Alzheimers

Tempur-Pedic (R) just released a study showing that Alzheimer patients sleeping on a Tempur-Pedic (R) mattress shoed less agitated behavior than those Alzeheimer patients using another manufacturers' visco-elastic mattress. The study seemed to show that a more restful sleep helped Alzheimer patients be less agitated during the day. Here is the press release from Tempur-Pedic:

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"Alzheimer’s patients less agitated after sleeping on a Tempur-Pedic (R) Mattress

LEXINGTON, Ky., June 30, 2006 – According to a recent study, patients with moderate to severe agitation, most suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, were generally less agitated after sleeping on a Tempur-Pedic (R) Swedish Mattress™. A recent randomized, controlled study commissioned by Tempur-Pedic (R) Medical, Inc., conducted by a major U.S. research university, used the Agitated Behavior in Dementia (ABID) and Cohen-Mansfield Agitation Inventory (CMAI) tools to compare agitation levels between two groups of nursing home residents diagnosed with mild to severe Alzheimer’s disease. The group of residents randomly assigned to a Tempur-Pedic (R) mattress had statistically greater reduction in agitation levels than those residents randomly assigned to the control mattress, a competitive viscoelastic product.

In their conclusions, the investigators suggest that in addition to traditional drug treatment, environmental factors such as the use of Tempur-Pedic (R) Swedish Mattresses may offer an additional benefit by further reducing agitation among Alzheimer’s patients. The findings of this study have been submitted to a major gerontological conference for consideration. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, behavioral symptoms such as agitation and sleep disturbances are among the most challenging effects of the disease and are a major factor in deciding to place a loved one in residential care such as a nursing home.

“Patients randomized to the Tempur-Pedic (R) mattresses were able to rest more comfortably and were less likely to awaken at night or become agitated during daytime hours,” said Paul Coulis, President of Tempur-Pedic (R) Medical Inc. “These results are particularly meaningful when you consider the value this simple to use product could represent to a family wanting to care for a loved one suffering from Alzheimer’s disease at home. Fewer behavioral problems could delay or possibly even eliminate having to admit a person into a nursing home or other institution.”


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