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Benefits of Down and Feather Bedding during Stressful Times Highlighted by ADFC

May 6, 2020

NEW YORK (May 6, 2020) – The American Down and Feather Council (ADFC), a section of the Home Fashion Products Association (HFPA), has utilized their industry knowledge to help consumers who may struggle from insomnia or restless sleep due to the surge of stress prompted by the coronavirus pandemic. This information is freely available on the consumer section of the ADFC site.

“We have fact sheets, tips and consumer research that support the health and wellness benefits of down and feather comforters and pillows,” said Travis Stier, president of ADFC. “The benefits of this natural product include well-known comfort factors — such as superior warmth, breathability and bodily support from a natural mold to the body. Additionally, modern down and feather sterilization processes combined with modern down-proof fabrics can help tame most allergies.”

According to a Harris Poll survey of American adults, commissioned by ADFC, 70% of the consumers surveyed who use down and feather products agreed that they get a better night’s sleep with down and feather bedding. Furthermore, 55% agreed that there are health benefits to sleeping with down and feather products.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that children and teens get 9+ hours of sleep a night, and that adults get 7-8 hours. According to the academic journal Rand Health Quarterly, more than a third of the American population, even before the coronavirus pandemic, reported that they get insufficient sleep.

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About the American Down & Feather Council (ADFC): The American Down & Feather Council (ADFC), a section of the Home Fashion Products Association (HFPA), is a voluntary association of manufacturers of natural fill bedding products, as well as dealers, buyers, sellers and processors of feathers and down for use in home fashion products. The goal of the ADFC is to further the common interests of the down and feather products industry and to maintain and improve product quality.

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