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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
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!
Salem, VA
Hello Lee, if you decide to use the photo of my mattress label, I thought you might want to add the postscript below. I suppose it would be alright to use my P.S. anyway. I really don't like bashing a company, but then I remembered how we drove 3 hours to the nearest showroom that carried Englander 'latex' mattresses only to discover they weren't solid latex. The showroom had clear plastic cubes filled with (2) 3" thick solid latex layers that were placed beside the mattresses, which led us to believe that this is what the inside of the mattresses looked like. My hunsband even asked if they glued the two layers of latex together and was told, "Yes." But fortunately when we picked up one of the mattresses to see how Englander is only finishing one side of their mattresses now, we were surprised to discover how light the 'latex' mattress was. We asked, "Why?" We were then told that the Englander "latex" mattress only contained a core layer of latex that was encased with foam.

We enjoyed our latex mattress for 35 years! I've included the label which has a diagram of our box 'springs' foundation, and the text that describes the "6-inch luxurious foam latex mattress" that set on top of the foundation. I hope you will share my latex mattress experience with your prospective customers.

While growing up, I'd babysat the children next door. When their mother heard I'd gotten engaged, she wanted me to see her latex mattress and pointed out how well it had held up after I wish I could remember how many years. I do remember that even though my latex mattress cost about twice what an average spring mattress was selling for back then, I was so impressed with her latex mattress that I had a furniture company special order one for me from the same mattress manufacturer without even seeing it! (At that time I could not find a latex mattress anywhere locally.)

We used our latex mattress for 35 years! About the 33rd year we noticed that the cover was wearing out in a few spots, so we simply encased it with a zippered cover. This worked well up until the 34th year, when we noticed it beginning to sag slightly, but we still slept comfortably during the 35th year while we searched for a replacement. (Our original mattress manufacturer had closed their business.)

I've wondered if the good health we enjoyed could be attributed to our 35-year old latex mattress. We live pain-free, take NO medications, and have been told we look younger than we actually are. We visited our daughter after she had been married about a year. During our stay, both her and her husband complained of aches and pains especially in the morning. We thought, how can this be? They're both so young! We asked about the mattress they used and suggested they purchase a new one. After they did, their symptoms disappeared.

Our latex mattress has been well worth the investment. My younger brother married about 24 years ago. He's had three mattresses while we were still using the first latex mattress I'd purchased. You do the math!

P.S. I just did a search and found that Englander is making a spring mattress named "Tension Ease Foam Latex" and do not want folks to confuse my 6" solid latex mattress that lasted 35 years with Englander's "Tension Ease" spring mattress. (The Englander name was bought out by 7 manufacturers throughout the US who are using its name.) I've seen cutaways of the Englander mattresses and learned that its difficult to find a solid latex Englander mattress. The Englander latex mattresses I found only contained a small core of latex with cheaper foam used to encase the core to cut manufacturing costs. Be sure to "see" and know what's inside your mattress before you purchase it.
Diane Wilson
South Carolina
Me and my husband purchased one of these mattresses from you about a year ago. Since then, we have been sleeping great and we wake up feeling refreshed. One of our priorities was to purchase a mattress that would be worth the money and provide us with years of quality and comfort. We feel that this purchase has been well worth the money and our mattress still looks like it did the day we bought it. There is no sagging or identions to be found. We are more than satisfied knowing we made the right decision.

Thank you!
J & S Bondurant
Martinsville, VA
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.
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.

I purchased the medium Latex Mattress after reviewing Lees YouTube 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.
Bedford, VA

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
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!
Andrew Hedger
Morgantown, IN
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, VA
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
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.
The mattress is wonderful. It took a couple of nights to get used to it, but my hips no longer ache in the night, and it really does mold to your body. I love it!!! Pete is sleeping harder and better too. (He is a diabetic, and has several other major complaits.)

Roanoke, VA
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.

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, VA
Just wanted to let you know how pleased we are with our new king size bed!!! It is the best thing we've ever done! Sleep is so important and my husband's back was giving him trouble. No problems now on our new bed.

Thank you!!!
Juliet Lounsbury
Night 2 and not a single pain anywhere, honestly I don’t remember ever in my adult life waking up without something hurting somewhere. I already am loving the mattress, just have to get used to that “soft” feel. I’m sure that it isn’t soft, rather more like I have always slept on a bad mattress. I will get the mattress protector asap. (King Koil, Beauty Rest, Serta or Sealy and Sleep Number are what I’ve had in my adult life)

Thanks again!
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