Testimonials

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:

Just a note to tell you how much we are enjoying our new bed. You were wrong -it made a difference the very first night we slept in it, didn't take a bit of "getting used to."

Sincerely,

Sam and Jeanne Pritchard, Roanoke, Virginia
I purchased the medium Latex Mattress after reviewing Lees you Tube Videos. I had bad Luck with Serta,Stern and Fosters and after spending a whole bunch of Money we decided to try the Latex and oh boy, I love the Mattress. I am sleeping better and my back pain is gone. Thanks Lee.
Gaby, Bedford VA
I've spent countless hours researching memory foam, foam beds, and mattresses in general. On one hand it seems like I know nothing because for everything I learn, someone comes along and claims something that contradicts what I thought I knew. But when I came across your site I found myself nodding and saying to myself this is what I've been looking for. No BS and just quality foam without the marketing spin.

I have your number and will call when I can. It's 2 AM in the morning now.

David Hays, Chesterfield, Missouri
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.
Cece, Roanoke, 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
Dear Lee,

I want you to know how much we are enjoying our new latex mattresses! Both of us sleep beautifully. My wife was reluctant to give up her Temperpedic as her side was less body impressed. I have been a chiropractor for 25 years of practice and always concerned about sleeping posture and environmental health. I was concerned about the chemicals that still might be in the mattress and I did not sleep well on it.

The latex mattress is not cold and lumpy starting out on cold nights and not hot on warm nights. There was never any oder and the set up was easy.

We are entirely grateful to you, your knowledge, and to the natural latex.

Cheers!

Posie and David, Blowing Rock, NC
Dear Lee,
Just by chance I saved an article about a mattress advertised in our Sunday paper. I have a child that is recovering from Autism and suffers daily with Fibromyalgia. He is 16 years old. I've been working on finding a mattress fro him for a year. He has very high levels of toxic metals. Two weeks ago, out of need I picked up a mattress toper for myself. I have been sick for two weeks. Not even thinking of the connection just looking for a mattress for my son. I called Sleep Essentials and talked to the owner. Our conversation became very interesting. I told him that I was looking for a mattress for my son. He went into detail about no chemicals and I responded with the symptoms of a horible two weeks for myself. I have had little sleep. Waking up every night on my new mattress tipper with my back burning all the way to my feet. Feeling ehxausted I went to the doctors who put me on an antibiotic with no relief. My children almost missed Easter because I felt so sick! After talking to Lee and putting it all together I realized just how important this phone call ended up...relating symptoms...I just threw my mattress topper off the balcony...I plan to work hard to get this information out to all parents and especially for parents with children like mine who suffer from a form of heavy metal toxicity. We worked so hard to detox my son who has a Methylation blockage due to heavy metals. To think of putting my children to bed to suffer from more toxicity is very frightening. My eyes are open now and I can't wait to start feeling better and to be here for my precious children and to be able to confidently purchase a safe mattress.

Thanks Lee!!!

Andrea Hutchinson, Salem, Virginia
Lee,
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.

Sincerely,

Lester & Ruth Martin, Pennsylvania
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.

Blessings,

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
Hi Lee Carter,

The latex mattress which I purchased from you is tops. It holds its shape without fail. Ir is very comfortable and best of all, I don't arise in the morning with the back pain I once experienced each morning. The firm support makes all the difference in the world.

You have another satisfied customer. The mattress is worth every penny paid.

Dave, Virginia
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

Cece, Salem, 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.

Blessings,

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
Hi Lee,

Thanks for sharing information @ mattresses - you seem to know alot! I honestly do not know what exactly I have been reacting to in the new mattress, but it is certainly severe and leaves me unable to breathe without medication. From the first night of moving into the spare bedroom recently (an ancient mattress), I could breathe again and have not had the bronchitis, allergy symptoms or sinus infection which had become the norm for me for the past 2 months. I have been able to run again and get through classes at the gym without an inhaler! My youngest daughter has suffered severe hives after exposure to polyurethane foam, so I have kept her away from the new mattress, but my 13-year-old did sleep in the bed with me for a couple of weeks and she suffered severe breathing difficulties as a result. This memory foam mattress has urethane in it & I thought I was reacting to that, but I don't really know what compound we're reacting to. I will not buy another mattress w/o a lot of research first; I also like your idea of a note from my doctor - thanks! I definitely don't want to sleep on formaldehyde or any other chemicals!

I don't think the mattress I bought is lethal and in fact I've seen tons of memory foam stuff in stores lately (so someone's sleeping on memory foam successfully), I just think that whatever is in the foam is not good for me or my girls to be around - and maybe for anyone to be around, but we were just "lucky" enough to react severely and so we can't sleep on the "solidified gas" memory foam!

Have a great week!

Brenda, Unknown
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