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John decided to reengineer his bed.  He began to research what a body needs to get rest.  All the literature on sleep said that people should sleep on their side and that bodies need no weight on the joints, no pinching of the spine and a mild incline on the mattress.

So he started cutting pieces out of his mattress near the foam he laid on and tilting the whole thing up. He cut a channel across the bed at shoulder height and eventually scooped out the part under the headrest to give his lower arm a place to go when he was on his side.   He reverse-engineered the concept of the "bed" by determining the optimal human sleep position, and then created a sleep surface to support the body in that position.  

So he started cutting pieces out of his mattress near the foam he laid on and tilting the whole thing up. He cut a channel across the bed at shoulder height and eventually scooped out the part under the headrest to give his lower arm a place to go when he was on his side.   He reverse-engineered the concept of the "bed" by determining the optimal human sleep position, and then created a sleep surface to support the body in that position. 

He says the design has alleviated his shoulder problems by shifting his body weight away from the area. Now he hopes that a sleep-deprived public will agree that he’s on to something. Along with a team that includes medical specialists, he started Squire Sleep Systems to market the redesigned bed.

The patented sleep surface that puts the body at an incline, and due to the patented arm channel, allows people to sleep more comfortably on their sides. 

Contoured to fit the body on its side, the Squire Sleep System reduces stress on the shoulder & arm joints, opens airways, facilitates lower spine traction, and virtually eliminates pressure points.

The company is putting the bed through trials to extend their therapeutic claims. Among other ailments, Schultz believes it can help the more than 18 million Americans who suffer sleep apnea by realigning the body to keep a sufferer’s airway from collapsing. Though they’ve only built around 20 of the customized mattresses so far, he’s targeting the significant population of overweight men 40 years old and older.

John felt that in order to conceptualize the bed like this that is was important to constantly ask yourself why it hasn’t been done yet.   John had 20 doctors come up to him and say that they’ve already thought of the concept, but that they didn’t have a way to make it.  John not only made it, but patented the idea.

The patent granted to Schultz specifically covers the cantilevered space under the head for the user’s arm. It is part of the second wave of patents awarded for his redesigned bed. 

Contact

John Schultz at john@squiresleep.com or call (206) 547-0447
Scott Scher at scott@schernet.com or call (206) 623-4846

 

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