During their 20 years in business, Keith and Ursula James, owners of Beautyrest Sleep Gallery, have sold a lot of mattresses. But now they have a new mission: help children in the Ozarks get a good night’s sleep. In January, they launched Sleep Tight, a foundation dedicated to providing mattresses for children in need.
“We had received so many requests in the last year or two from church, friends, organizations, requesting mattresses for children who were sleeping on the floor or couches—inappropriate sleeping arrangements,” says Ursula, founder of the organization. “There was an actual need.” According to Sleep Review Journal, sleep deprivation contributes to falling grades, poor attention in school, absences, poor social interactions, depression, irritability, car accidents and increased risk-taking behaviors. Additionally, sleep-deprived children ages 3 to 7 are more likely to have problems with attention, emotional control and peer relationships in mid-childhood, according to a study in the journal Academic Pediatrics.