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Local Military Families Salute Better Quality Sleep at Gifting Event

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Blue Star Families, Synchrony, Sleep Number and NFL star Clyde Edwards-Helaire honored 10 local military heroes and their families at a free smart bed giveaway event, plus $1,000 savings accounts.

Chinook helicopter mechanic Nolan Schimelpfenig and his wife Allison's new queen Sleep Number 360® c4 smart bed couldn't be arriving at a better time. The couple had planned to buy a new bed set but opted to save up to purchase a house instead.

Presented by Kansas City Chiefs running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Nolan and Allison were among 10 military families who on January 30, 2023, received a Sleep Number 360® smart bed and a $1,000 Synchrony savings account from our 21 year financing partner, Synchrony, with the collaboration of the nonprofit Blue Star Families at a Sleep Number® store in Kansas City.

"Blue Star Families knows that military life is hard -- the inflexible working hours, constant moves and long deployments. We can't do this work, to address those challenges, without the support of organizations like Synchrony and Sleep Number, and people like Clyde, who continue to step up year after year," said Penny Bolden, senior director, cause partnerships at Blue Star Families.

The smart bed giveaway was held in honor of military heroes' daily sacrifices so our families can sleep safe and sound at night.

Blue Star Families, a long-time Sleep Number partner, is the country's largest military family support organization, while Synchrony employs over 2,500 veterans and their families and has an active Veteran's Network providing job development and fellowship.

"It was truly an honor to join alongside our long-standing partner Sleep Number, as well as Blue Star Families and Clyde Edwards-Helaire in providing these families better sleep and a savings account. It was a privilege to honor the sacrifices out heroes make daily," said Diana Turner, SVP, Synchrony.




Military families found their Sleep Number® setting at the Sleep Number® store while awaiting the delivery of their new smart bed.

Edwards-Helaire, a firm believer in performance-enhancing technology, was on hand to answer questions and talk about the importance of a good night's sleep.

As the Official Sleep and Wellness Partner of the NFL players have the opportunity to get a Sleep Number smart bed. 80% of NFL players have a Sleep Number smart bed.*



According to sleep medicine expert Dr. Peter Polos, sleep disruptions, particularly during the REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep cycle, can negatively impact how you feel each morning, possibly resulting in sluggishness or inability to concentrate.

"In order to learn and retain what we need to, the proper amount of sleep and sleep stages are important," he says.

Sleep Number 360® smart beds show your SleepIQ® score for personal insights, and can help bring your attention to issues you weren't previously aware of to ensure you're getting enough sleep and enjoying a more productive day. Sleepers who routinely use their Sleep Number 360® smart bed features and SleepIQ® technology get 28 more minutes of restful sleep per night.**


Like diet and exercise, quality sleep has an impact on your physical, emotional and mental wellbeing. Because no two people sleep the same, Sleep Number 360® smart beds, with SleepIQ® technology, sense your movements and automatically adjust firmness, comfort and support to keep you both sleeping comfortably and provide proven quality sleep. Find your Sleep Number® setting for your best possible night's sleep, and if you own a Sleep Number® bed, log in to your InnerCircle℠ Rewards account to see your exclusive offers, refer friends and more.

*Based on the number of active roster players eligible for the NFL player Sleep Number® bed program who purchased a bed between 7/23/18 and 11/28/22.

**Based on average SleepIQ® data from 8/1/21 - 2/28/22 of sleepers engaging with Sleep Number® setting, SleepIQ® data and FlexFit™ adjustable base vs. sleepers who have those features but didn't similarly engage with them.

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