Night 2 on a 12" - Perfection 16 mattress and I'm hooked! For the first time in over a year, I've slept for more than 3 or 4 hours. Night 1, I slept 11 hours; night 2, I out-did it and slept 12 hours! I can feel my injured body healing.

The service you are providing to your customers is not just a good night's sleep, but a therapy for pain and suffering. This is the second day in a row that I didn't wake up and grab for my bottle of pain pills. THANK YOU! My doctors did the best thing they could have done for me in prescribing your product!

Diane Folz, Blacksburg, VA
Dear Lee,

Thank you for helping us find the perfect mattress! I can't believe how much better I'm sleeping with the latex foam mattress than with my innerspring mattress. I wake up without the stiffness and most of the back pain I've been living with for over 5 years. On top of that, being pregnant has brought on a whole new set of symptoms for restless nights - until now. I'm sleeping great and thanks for your great service.


Dianne Melia, Roanoke, Virginia
Dear Lee,

My wife and I want to thank you for introducing us to the latex mattress. We both agree that it is the best mattress we have ever slept on! We have had many matresses in the past, but nothing has compared to this one. We slept wonderfully the first night and it has been the same ever since.

We would recommend this mattress to anyone who wants a good night sleep without any neck or back pains. The latex mattress has worked wonders for us!

Thanks again! Regards, Greg & Mary Day

Greg, Roanoke, Virginia
Lee, even after the first night sleeping on my new mattress my back felt like it had received an allignment at a chiropractics office. I find the mattress to be comfortable and supportive.


Fern Agee, Stuart, Virginia
For years I spent many nights tossing and turning. I would sleep, but awaken without feeling rested. Since my husband and I bought our new mattress I find myself more rested. The mattress has also helped by giving the support necessary to alleviate my back problems. We are very pleased with our new mattress.
Sherri Kelly, Roanoke, VA
Hi Lee,

Here it is. Feel free to cut it down if it's too long. You can include my email address if you need to (in case anyone wants to contact me) Thanks for your help.


My tongue hurts. It's kind of itchy...sort of tingly, and definitely "not right." And it's not just my tongue that hurts - my lips feel prickly and swollen, and the back of my throat has blisters on it.

My mouth problems began about four months ago when my husband and I treated ourselves to one of those super-cushy mattress toppers. When we unwrapped the foam pad portion of the mattress cover it had a very, very strong chemical smell. But because the paperwork explained that a strong odor upon opening was normal, we didn't worry too much about it. We spread the foam pad on the floor of our living room and left it to "off-gas" for 24 hours as directed.

My mouth issues began the very first evening of off-gassing. During the night our home began to fill with the noxious fumes coming from the mattress cover. As night turned to morning I could actually feel the chemicals on my tongue, down my throat, and in my lungs. I was nauseous and headachy most of the next day, and my husband and I discussed whether we should go forward with our plans for a new mattress cover. In the end we decided to put it on our bed and hope for the best.

Okay...yes, in hindsight that decision does seem rather lame, but we honestly believed that the "smell would completely subside within a few days," as the paperwork indicated. And actually the chemical smell did eventually go away, but my mouth issues had only just begun. We eventually decided to return the mattress topper to Costco, and getting it off the bed and out of our house helped my health issues considerably. It's now been approximately six months and for the most part my symptoms have diminshed, with occasional reoccurrences.

I was appalled to discover (by researching this issue online) that others had experienced similar, and some much worse, health problems - and it seemed to me that the common denominator was the fire retardant found in mattresses and mattress tippers. Others have suffered irritated and swollen eyes, dizziness, headaches, throat pustules, bronchial irritations, strange taste on tongue, and sinus problems after sleeping on foam mattress toppers and pillow-top mattresses.

Paula Friedrichsen, Unknown
My wife and I had a memory foam bed for 7 years and it wasn't sleeping well for us any longer. We started researching for a replacement and came across this website in the process. Long story short, I put my trust in Lee Carter at Sleep Essentials, that he was honest and telling the truth when answering all of the questions that I had regarding his mattresses and those of others. I relied heavily on his extensive research and experience from working directly within the industry over the past 10 years or so to make my decision to purchase a new bed. I made the decision to drive the 8 hours 15 minutes and 525 miles from south central Indiana to Roanoke, Virginia just to lay on and try out all of his different latex mattress options to find just the right comfort level for my wife and I. I wanted to be sure. The gamble paid off with huge dividends. We couldn't be happier with our king size Perfection 20 Pure Natural Latex Mattress. I wish I would have discovered Sleep Essentials years ago. If you don't own one already, then you are missing out big time. This mattress improves upon more than just your sleep too if you catch my drift. Simply amazing!

It is extremely important to note that since this mattress is sold by prescription, it is eligible for purchase using pre-taxed contributions from Health Savings Accounts (HSA's). It considered a tax deductible medical device and is purchased free of sales tax as well. A mattress is a very important investment. Sleep healthier while doing it more comfortably and stretching your hard earned dollars in the process.

Andrew Hedger, Morgantown, IN
Dear Lee,

In late summer I purchased a cushy, plush mattress. It was super comfortable, but within a few days I noticed that I felt rashy. The rashes became progressively worse until my skin was red all over. After two weeks of trying to sleep on the mattress, I got up at 3:00 a.m. one morning and went to sleep in our guest room because I could not stand the burning and itching anymore. Fortunately, the company from whom I purchased the mattress allowed me to return it. After sleeping in the guest room for a couple of weeks, the rashes disappeared.

After hours of research on the Internet, I discovered how these new mattresses are filled with chemicals during the manufacturing process and also for flame retardant purposes. I wrote to one of my state senators, and a few days ago received a very disappointing response, so I wrote to her again. My goal is to pursue some kind of accountability as to why Americans are forced to sleep on chemicals without any thought to our collective health now and years from now. I mentioned my unfortunate experience to at least 20 people and not one of them had ever heard about the Consumer Protection Safety Commission or the regulation regarding flame retardants on mattresses.

I will let you know if I ever get a satisfactory answer. Thanks!

Velma, Minnesota
Here's my testimony on my bed allergy Lee. Please do not use my last name, or my email address when putting this on your web-site. But you are welcome to use it. I sincerely hope this keeps someone else from getting as sick as I did.

My testimony: I purchased a mattress from a major bedding manufacturer two months ago in the fall of 2008. It was a wonderfully comfortable plush top. I loved the comfort of it. However, the first night, I was so sick from the off-gassing that I woke up in the middle of the night, horribly nauseated, coughing up a lot of "material" out of my lungs. This happened the second night too. After that, the chemical odor didn't go away, but it became less, and was only really noticeable if I put my head under the covers and inhaled. I decided not to do that, because the off-gassing was so unpleasant. But I thought I'd just get used to it and eventually it would go away. It didn't go away completely however. Six weeks later, I woke up one night to find my bare feet burning and itching. So I got up at 2AM and rinsed them off with cold water, put on some socks and went back to bed.

The next night, the bottoms of my feet, my back, and the back of my head started to burn and itch (I sleep on my back). So I got up, showered off, and went back to bed. The third night into the 6th week, my whole body started burning and itching. I showered, and then thought, let's just do an experiment here.

So I got a plastic drop cloth, doubled it, and put it over the bed all the way to the floor. It completely covered the bedding. I then put a sleeping bag on top and slept on the bed. Lo and behold, all my itching and burning stopped. At this point, I had no doubt it was my new mattress and possibly the box spring as well.

This plastic drop cloth worked for another 7 days. On the 8th day, the burning and itching started up again. I realized, the off-gassing was either coming through the plastic somehow, or currents in the air from my forced air gas furnace were circulating the off-gassing out from underneath the plastic. (One health web-site I went to says one of the new flame retardants being used actually leaches through plastic.)

At that point, I called the bedding store and asked for my money back. I told them they would have to remove the offending mattress and box-spring as soon as possible, as it was making me sick. They stated if I got a prescription from my doctor saying I was allergic to the flame-retardants (which are at a greater concentration since bedding manufacturers have had to comply with the new July 2007 Federal Flame Retardant Regulations), that they would take the mattress and box spring back. I found out the new regulation is "16 CFR Part 1633" by the way, and no consumer ever voted it in. I also found out that these toxic flame retardants are cumulative, and supposedly are not something you can flush out of your body once you absorbed them. Not comforting. I did however try to sweat out the toxins with Epsom salt baths. That seemed to help.

I went to my doctor, who said he has been seeing incidents of allergic responses to the newer mattresses with the increased flame retardants in them. He readily gave me the prescription saying I am allergic to the flame retardants and the foams (as polyurethane foams have a lot of those retardants in them). To the bedding store's credit, I got my money back, the bedding was removed, and my symptoms have disappeared completely.

Cheryl, Unknown
We are VERY happy with the mattress and pillow that we bought for our young son. Around the age of three, he started having intermittent (3 - 4 times a month) and mysterious bouts of vomiting in the mornings after he got up. It wasn't like the flu, because he didn't have a fever, and he was usually completely recovered by early afternoon. But it was still troubling. It wasn't until he slept on an air mattress at a friend's house (when he was 5 or so) and got very sick the next morning, that we put two and two together and realized that perhaps he had some kind of allergy to whatever chemicals were in the air mattress, and those chemicals were making him sick. We realized that the mornings that he had been throwing up at home were the same mornings that we found him asleep on his carpeted floor. So we told him to stop falling asleep on the floor and sleep in his bed. But the problem persisted, and we realized that this time around, when he woke up sick, it was because he had slept with his face right on the mattress. So his own mattress had similar chemicals, too! But it took us a while to figure out that one, too! Needless to say, finding Sleep Essentials was a godsend! The 100% latex mattress we bought for our son has completely ended this problem for him. And we recently bought the 100% latex pillow to replace his old cotton one (that had not given him trouble, and had fallen apart). The only time he has had a recurrence of this problem is when he slept with his bathrobe on, and lo and behold, his bathrobe is made with flame-retardant fleece. So that's been thrown out, too! It's very scary to think that all the chemicals in the old mattress were doing that to him. Hopefully there has been no long-term damage to his health. The mattress has probably saved him in more ways than one. So, thank you, Lee! He loves that mattress, and is so pleased with his pillow, too.

Best to you,


Cece, Salem, VA
When we moved into our house in February, 1969 we bought a king size latex mattress from Sears. It has been a very comfortable mattress for 41 years. it has lasted through 3 sons, and several dogs and cats.

Our old mattress was a 5 inch thick latex and it was comfortable until the end. We kept it for so long because we never found a good replacement until this year when we bought a new latex mattress from Sleep Essentials.

John and Marylin Sites, Bedford, VA
In 1952, my husband and I purchased our first Englander foam rubber mattress. When we replaced this mattress 39 years later, it was still in excellent condition. There were no indentations at all and it was still as firm as the day we bought it. The only reason we replaced it was because we had purchased a larger bed.
Dot Poindexter, Vinton, Virginia
This letter is to express my enjoyment of the bed I recently purchased from you. For the past 14 years my husband has had back pain directly related to a motorcycle accident that broke his back in several places, both his shoulder blades, collar bone and right arm as well as punctured his left lung. Needless to say, he knew pain very well.

For the past six years we have been sleeping on a mattress that was purchased at a mattress warehouse for $100. You can imagine the quality we got and unfortunately, the price we paid in our health was far greater than the money we spent. In the past 2 years I had begun to have back and hip pain of my own that greatly reduced my sleep from 8 hours to 5-6 hours each night. My husband's health suffered, my health suffered all in the name of saving a few dollars!

Now that I have your mattress things have changed. My husband and I both gett a better nights rest. One of the most notable things that let me know I'm getting a more restful sleep is that I actually dream now. Before, I would not be comfortable enough to drift off into what is called the Dream state. Not it's a regular occurrence.

I recommend anyone who is looking for a better, healthier night's rest to think about purchasing one of these beds. I cannot say enough about how wonderful it is to get a good night's sleep. It's an investment in your health that is priceless!

Thank you,

Lisa Scott, Salem, Virginia
Dear Lee, love, love, love the bed! It is the most comfortable bed I've ever owned. Jim's back has responded well. Thanks again!
Jannette and Jim Borlin, Roanoke, Virginia
We have enjoyed our new mattress. Both of us have slept well on our new latex mattress. We had guests over last evening. They were very impressed with our latex mattress and fell in love with feel of the mattress. I would expect them to be contacting you soon.


Lester & Ruth Martin, Pennsylvania
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