Severe increasing breathing, mental and physical problems encountered by myself and my wife
while sleeping on a Tempur-pedic mattress.
We Purchased a Tempur-pedic King size Weightless Supreme Mattress and two queen sized
Cloud Pillows for $3299.00, via telephone from Tempur-pedic on November 24, 2012. We
received the pillows within a few days of the order placement and the mattress arrived the first
week in December 2012. We immediately set up the bed, complied with Tempur-pedic's
recommended procedures for assisting in reducing the gas/chemical smells from the mattress and
pillows by airing and walking on them several times and immediately began sleeping each night
on the Mattress and utilized the Cloud Pillows.
Increasingly, when sleeping on the mattress, I became aware of increasing difficulties breathing,
gasping for breath, extensive sinus mucus drainage and feelings of a partially blocked or swollen
throat. I was having increasing difficulty sleeping and when I did sleep I would sometimes wake
up almost panicky with a sensation of drowning. Mentally I had an increasing inability to relax
with extensive random rapid frustrating uncontrollable mental thoughts leaping through my mind
making sleep very difficult or impossible. Being a senior citizen I assumed I had "a bug" that
would resolve itself and/or I was just getting older and had to expect these difficulties to occur.
The symptoms would lessen during the daytime and I would feel better by evening.
As the symptoms continued to become more severe I determined that I must take some sort of
action to attempt to find a cause for and some relief from these problems. I tried to determine if I
had changed any meds or other aspects of my life that could possibly contribute. We evaluated
our foods for any changes of diet or any life style changes that may have contributed. After
extensive considerations I thought to evaluate the potential that the Tempur-pedic mattress and/or
pillows could be a factor.
At this point I chose to try to continue to sleep on the Tempur-pedic mattress but utilize a regular
conventional pillow from our old bed. My symptoms during the night and day reduced somewhat
but did not stop. Sometimes I would change back to the Tempur-pedic pillow and my symptoms
would once again increase.
Finally I chose to try to sleep in our guest bedroom on a conventional inner spring mattress with
a regular pillow to see if there was a difference in my symptoms. The first night I slept fitfully
but the symptoms were greatly reduced. Since then, each night I have slept more soundly and the
symptoms now have reduced to the point that I feel what I consider to be much improved. I do
not know if my symptoms will ever completely clear up and/or if there is possibly some
permanent damage been caused, but I have chosen to not sleep again on the Tempur-pedic
mattress and/or pillows. We are in the process of obtaining a new pure 100% natural latex
mattress to replace the Tempur-pedic mattress and pillows. at a cost of $2807.00.
As I discussed my symptoms and concerns with my wife she also began to list symptoms that she
was experiencing that she was trying to justify as possible aging and/or stress/intensity in her
Some of the symptoms she listed were; eyes feeling very tired with stinging and burning
sensation, inability to think as well and difficulty in concentrating on specific subjects, severe
itching on the back of her neck and head, not sleeping soundly and not feeling rested, very tired
and un-energetic all the time.
After the decrease in my symptoms after one night, she chose to also sleep in the guest bedroom
on the conventional inner spring mattress and pillow. Her symptoms have also significantly
improved. We have never slept on the Temper-pedic mattress or pillows again.
After all of our efforts it is apparent and it is my opinion that the off-gassing from chemical
by-products from the Tempur-pedic mattress and pillows is the cause our discomfort and
On April 16, 2013, we filed a complaint with the Better Business Bureau concerning our
problems with the Tempur-pedic products. After extensive communications from BBB to
Tempur-pedic, as of June 3, 2013 there has been absolutely no communications from the
Tempur-pedic company in any manner.
Product or Service Mentioned: Tempurpedic Mattress.
Monetary Loss: $3300.