Our History

The International Sleep Products Association was established in 1915 when the industry came together to face threats they couldn’t tackle on their own. It was time to work together in order to elevate the image of the industry and its products, fight for manufacturers’ common interests and disseminate vital information. Though our name has changed, our mission of advancing the interest of the sleep products industry has never waivered.

ISPA’s Journey Through Time

Our History Timeline 1

The First Mattress Meeting

Mattress manufacturers gather at the Great Northern Hotel in Chicago to find a way to work together. National Association of Mattress Manufacturers was formed, soon to be renamed National Association of Bedding Manufacturers.

Our History Timeline 2

Sleep Receives Its Due

Medical authorities recognize the importance of sleep. “… one cannot relax completely without a proper set of sleeping equipment, a good mattress and a good pillow…” wrote the editors of The National Bedding Manufacturer.

Our History Timeline 3

DC Office and Association Direction

The Association sets the primary goals of the new Washington, DC office.

Our History Timeline 4

“Do not remove this tag”

NAMB works with the FTC to crack down on companies that mislabeled components and construction methods or employed pricing schemes. The Association of Bedding Law Officials works with NABM to create a uniform law label for bedding that contains all new materials.

Our History Timeline 5

BedTimes First Published as Bedding Merchandiser

Industry renews public-relations efforts with bold marketing programs [Invest in Rest logo]. The Sleep Show rebrands as Better Bedding Time, an event to showcase manufacturers. NABM publishes Bedding Merchandiser for members to offer to retailers along with a sales kit. The publication name was later shortened to Bedding and then renamed BedTimes.

Image of bed and dressers submerged in water

Water? In a Bed?

Waterbeds make waves as they enter the industry.

Mattress store
1970s - 1980s

The Sealy Wars

The “Sealy wars” erupt.

US Capital Building

Federal Flammability Standards

The federal mattress flammability standard (now known as the CFR Part 1632 cigarette flammability standard) goes into effect.

Risk Assessment checklist

Open Flame Standard

Constance Newman, commissioner on the US Consumer Product Safety Commission tells the industry it should develop more expansive flammability guidelines “in advance of government intrusion”.

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“Sleep Better, Live Better” Slogan Launched

Better Sleep Council launches with the slogan “Sleep Better, Live Better”

Woman laying in bed

Sleep Better Month Debuts

The “May is Better Sleep Month” campaign launches.

People meeting


The National Association of Bedding Manufacturers changes its name to the International Sleep Products Association (ISPA) to reflect the global nature of the industry.

Two people walking out of building

Sleep Product Safety Council is Created

The Sleep Product Safety Council is created [SPSC] to advise the public of the risks associated with sleep products and to generate funds for the support of fire safety research and education.

Close up of mattress

Mattress Recycling Efforts

Recycling and mattress disposal efforts launch.

Taking notes in a meeting
1991 – 1997

The First Woman Leads ISPA

Gigi Giersch of Restonic Carolinas becomes the first woman to lead the International Sleep Products Association’s Board as Chairwoman.

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World Bedding Conference

The first World Bedding Conference is held.

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First Issue of Sleep Savvy published

First issue of Sleep Savvy publishes for March/April, aimed at mattress sellers.

People having a meeting

The First Supplier Serves as ISPA Board Chairman

Don Wright of Wright Global Graphics becomes the first supplier to serve as ISPA Board Chairman.

Close up of mattress foam

Mattress Recycling Council Founded

Mattress Recycling Council created.

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Changing the
future of Sleep

For more than 100 years, we’ve been supporting innovation and growth across the sleep products industry. Learn more about ISPA and how you can help lead the change.