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Published on December 12th, 2013 | by Mattress Journal

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Tempurpedic Sued Over VOCs & Memory Foam Safety

A class action suit has been filed in California courts alleging that Tempurpedic’s memory foam mattresses contain harmful VOCs. The lead plaintiff in the case, Michael Dodson, claims that Tempurpedic mattresses and pillows release volatile organic compounds which can result in allergic reactions as well as possible long-term complications, and that the company is aware of issues. They believe the company has minimized the problem when advertising their products by stating that the odors will dissipate and that products are VOC-free, when formaldehyde and other odors may continue to be released for months.

Tempurpedic and VOCs

The class lawsuit brought against Tempur-pedic is represented by attorney Allen Stewart of Dallas, Texas, and seeks many forms of recourse including an injunction, constructive trust, and restitution. It claims that Tempurpedic violated business laws within the State of California, where the suit was filed.

One of the primary reasons for the suit states that Tempurpedic not only downplayed VOCs in their memory foam mattresses and pillows but also refers to the fact that they failed to warn customers of a potential link between reactions and allergies with previous customers and their products.

Another key issue brought by the plaintiff is that Tempurpedic and their distributor network informs customers that the odors emitted from their memory foam should only last a few days and is harmless. The class action suit claims that the company has been aware of problems reported by some consumers like allergic reactions attributed to the odors or side effects like headaches since at least 2007, and has failed to notify consumers of these potential problems.

Their other claim is that Tempurpedic’s mattresses emit formaldehyde, a strong VOC and known carcinogen, even though they claim their products are ‘allergen-resistant’ (though this claim likely refers to dust mites rather than chemical sensitivities). The claim on the attorney’s website states that formaldehyde has been identified in laboratory testing of Tempurpedic products.

Tempurpedic’s Reaction

Tempurpedic has not officially released a public response yet, but the lawsuit (or perhaps recent FTC actions) already appears to have had some effect on marketing, as the company’s website removed a page in the last few months which had the claims mentioned in the lawsuit (“free of harmful VOCs (volatile organic compounds) such as formaldehyde and CFC (chlorofluorocarbon)—harsh chemicals that can trigger allergies and asthma.”), and now makes no official mention of the issue. They had also removed all reviews from their website for several months (since July 2013), though many appear to have been restored in the last few weeks.

What are VOCs?

VOC stands for volatile organic compounds which can be released from products created from unstable organic chemicals or compounds, often referring to petroleum or byproducts thereof, including the polyurethane and adhesives used in traditional memory foam. More than 60 compounds have been identified which can cause allergic reactions and other health concerns, with 18 of those requiring a warning label. Formaldehyde is just one of the well-known VOCs, and its concentration is easier to measure than many of the others.

According to the EPA website http://www.epa.gov/iaq/voc.html, VOCs are commonly found in paint, organic solvents, furniture, foams and degreasing agents among other commonly used products. The concentration is often higher indoors, and can lead to many health effects, including lung irritation, nerve damage, kidney damage, endocrine disruption and several are also considered to be potential carcinogens.

What’s The Deal with VOCs and Mattresses?

Although Tempur-pedic is currently being sued over VOCs, they are not the only company to run afoul of problems related to the release of volatile organic compounds and advertising claims. EcoBaby Organics Inc., Essentia Natural Memory Foam Company Inc., and Relief-Mart Inc. were recently asked by the FTC to stop advertising that their products are VOC-free until proven to be so. Other companies including Target, Wal-Mart and Babies R Us were also sued earlier this year in California due to undisclosed Tris fire retardants in baby mattresses.

As the organic and natural movements continue gaining popularity and awareness, more and more consumers are becoming concerned about toxic or potentially harmful products. VOCs have been a primary target in the U.S. and Europe, since several of them have the potential to interfere with endocrine systems, hormones, and other bodily functions. Furniture items are of particular concern since their outgassing can affect indoor air quality, and since people are in close proximity to their mattresses for several hours each day.

Are Tempurpedic and Other Memory Foam Mattresses Safe?

Memory foam mattresses have taken the bedding industry by storm and continue growing in sales, yet these recent actions have many consumers wondering whether it is safe to go to bed at night. The answer is complex, primarily depending on the type of memory foam mattress you own or choose to buy, as well as your personal sensitivity. Manufacturers are also not required to disclose ingredients at this time, and chemical claims are largely on honor system until challenged.

According to SleepLikeTheDead, a consumer review analysis website, nearly 18% of Tempur-pedic owners have complained of issues with off-gassing and odors. This does represent a higher percentage than memory foam mattresses as a whole, which usually average closer to 15%, and is significantly higher than some other brands of which reviewers may complain of odor in as few as 3-5% of reviews. (For more information, check out Memory Foam Mattress Guide’s helpful comparison article on memory foam and offgassing.)

Here are a few key points to consider if you are concerned about memory foam safety:

  • Traditional memory foam – This is the original petroleum-based memory foam, typically most associated with the release of VOCs. About 15% of owners complain of strong odor.

  • Plant-based memory foam – This type of material replaces a portion of the petroleum-based ingredients with plant-based ingredients, reducing synthetic chemicals and typically resulting in less odorous products. About 3-8% of owners complain of odors.

  • Density – Higher density beds have more polyurethane polymer and thus greater propensity to off-gas than low density foams.

  • Adhesives – Some of the harshest VOCs can be found in the adhesives used to assemble the memory foam beds. Water-based and green options exist, and may help reduce VOC levels in end products.

  • Flame Retardants – Flame retardant chemicals like PBDEs and Tris can outgas and cause reactions or negative side effects. Non-chemical fabric barriers (usually made of silica and other fibers) may be ideal for preserving safety without adding more chemicals.

  • Manufacturing Process – Most foam manufacturers use types of blowing agents to develop foam structures, which can contribute to chemicals in end products and pollution. A small number use vacuum systems (variable pressure foaming) to create their foams which reduce the chemical profiles.

  • According to SleepLikeTheDead, only about 1.5% of memory foam mattress owners experience side effects related to odor that are significant enough to cause them to return their mattress.

Although almost every manufactured product, even spring mattresses, will release a new odor, knowing what the odor actually consists of can be important for peace of mind and health. Thoroughly research products before buying, and check reviews to see if a significant proportion of people mention side effects. Look for recognized industry safety certifications, and ensure that the retailer can answer your questions about foams, fire retardants and adhesives. When you do choose a new mattress, allow it air out in a separate room or garage for a few days if you are sensitive to smells just to be sure, or even consider buying a pillow from the brand first to test your reaction. But, know that only a very small percentage of people will experience significant side effects, while memory foam as whole remains the highest-rated mattress category for overall satisfaction.

While only time will tell how Tempurpedic fairs in their latest lawsuit, the trends toward safer consumer products and greater transparency are clear. Consumers increasingly want to know what is in the products they buy and how it might affect their families and the environment, which is one of the trends we mentioned in our recent article on the Future of the Memory Foam Mattress Industry. However, for major mattress brands like Tempurpedic, Sealy, Simmons and Serta, this represents a significant shift in their business models that may prove difficult as product secrecy, exclusivity and limited consumer information have been the modus operandi for decades.

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    49 Responses to Tempurpedic Sued Over VOCs & Memory Foam Safety

    1. Joani says:

      I had my tempurpedic mattress for 5 years, when I started breaking out in a rash, and itching, on my chest, arms and legs. That was Aug., 2015. I changed to organic creams, soaps, had food allergy tests done, but the itching and the rash continued. In May, 2016, I was out of town for 3 weeks, and noticed after 11 days the rash and itching completely cleared up. 2 days after returning home, and sleeping on my tempurpedic mattress and pillows, the rash and itching started up again. I have been sleeping in my guest bedroom on a regular mattress, and again the rash and itching is going away.
      I have read so many articles about people having problems with memory foam mattresses, and Tempurpedic seems to be the worst. Given the obstructions industries put up to deny that their products cause health issues, I’m not surprised that memory foam mattress makers continue to make these un healthy products. It will probably take years for the lawsuit to go through the courts, just like with cigarette manufacturers, the plastics industry, the flame retardant industry, etc. In the meantime, many people will continue to suffer symptoms that Drs. cannot identify, but obviously seem caused by memory foam.
      I am getting rid of my mattress and planning to go organic.

    2. Joan says:

      After purchasing a tempuprdic mattress a couple of years ago I had my first ever asthma attacks. I blamed them on outdoor pollutants coming into my room and closed door as tight as possible, but continued to have respiratory problems and fatigue, and vision changes. After reading reoports about these mattresses I opened every door I could and got a HEPA air purifier that was supposed to have VOC filter, but it didn’t actually have VOC filter. I’m quite concerned about long-term effects of the mattress VOC content on my health

    3. Joanel jackson says:

      I purchased a tempurpedic mattress for my queen size adjustable frame and had my first ever asthma attack. I didn’t associate the illness with the mattress for almost 2years. I spent a lot of money on that mattress and I’ve just begun to experiment with putting several layers of blankets on it in hopes that will stop the chemicals from affecting me so much. Will this help?

    4. Heather Baugher says:

      My Boyfriend and I purchased a Tempurpedic Mattress last November and for 10 months felt weak, dizziness, breathing difficulties, achy joints and muscles, headaches, etc. I have been back and forth to doctors, had an MRI and nothing showed up. I started eliminating things in the house that could cause this and after researching about the mattress I found that many others have experienced the same symptoms as we have from the chemicals in the mattress!!!! This is unbelievable!! I contacted the company 800-753-1130 and they opened a case and had someone call me back. They are making us signed an agreement that we can never sue them and they will pick up the mattress and give a full refund with no questions asked. They must have many complaints to ask no questions! I’m afraid to sign the agreement because God forbid we get a serious illness down the road from this. I’m told even if you join a class action suit you really don’t make out with that much in return. This is unreal that they know the problems consumers are having but yet still selling the product! It’s a Crime!

    5. Shawna says:

      My boyfriend is a diesel mechanic. He works all day around chemicals and the smells don’t bother him. He has sleep apnea pretty bad, so a good friend of ours bought us a new mattress and adjustable frame. A Cloud Supreme. We love it. We were told by an ex employee of mattress firm that we should walk all over it to break the membrane in the material and that will speed up and get through the beginning off gassing period. So we did that last night. We haven’t noticed ANY smell at all from the mattress, and we sleep great… but this is day 2 and both days he’s woken up with a headache. I figure well go two weeks and see if his headaches persist.what bed would you recommend to match the softness of a cloud supreme? We have a split side adjustable bed.

    6. Penny Rago says:

      We have had Tempur-pedic for about 10 years with no problem except that it gets warm spots from body heat. We recently bought a new one and have noticed no odor.

      I have read that a new Tempur-pedic mattress should be aired out for 48 hours prior to using it. We didn’t do that either time but still have seen no problem.

      Years ago when it was learned that particle board furniture had formaldehyde, people were advised to put plants in their rooms, because the plants remove formaldehyde fumes from the air. Don’t know if that is true, however, might be worth researching for people who are sensitive to their mattresses that contain formaldehyde. If I had known my mattress had formaldehyde, I never would have bought it. But you never know what you are getting these days – could be other mattresses have other problems.

    7. Miriam Moyer says:

      I just found this website with comments on Tempur-Pedic mattresses. I just purchased one a few weeks ago and have had many strange physical symptoms that have sent me to the doc. I’m not sure if the class action lawsuit has been settled, but I feel sure that I’m having allergic reactions to the chemicals in the mattress and frame. I plan to return the bed since there’s a 100 night guarantee. Thank you for any updates you may have on this situation.

    8. Everyday Headache says:

      For the past 3 years I’ve been having headaches every spring through summer. Come to find out voc’s off-gas from things when temperature is higher and humidity is higher as well.
      I don’t have a tempur-pedic, but I realized the other week that this all started around when I got a centi-pur memory foam mattress.

      After reading for several weeks about all the things that have voc’s, that could be preventable, this crap needs to stop.

      I found it really funny that I found infant beds are voc-free and free of other chemicals. Like, who the heck thinks of this crap, or better yet, who doesn’t think of this crap? I can’t believe that people are accepting these things as being ok.

      I just hope my body doesn’t have internal damage to organs now. I mean really, money isn’t going to make me feel better, I’ll probably die early anyways, all because of a mattress and some lack of political regulation?!!!!

    9. Sharon says:

      Have suffered with chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia for 7 years. Recently went on vacation 2 separate times and felt better both times, felt worse after returning home both times. After reading your website believe my Tempurpedic mattress purchased approximately 5 years ago may be a big part of my fatigue and pain. I will pursue being added to the class action suit and or refund.

    10. Tami Kelley says:

      I have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia since sleeiping on a gel infused memory foam bed for at least 5 years made by Serta which was bought from Sam’s Club. I finally went to a gastroenterologist and found out I also have an overgrowth of bacteria in my small intestines due to candida overgrowth. After much research, it appears this is due to liver damage. I believe this bed off gases formaldehyde and other toxins every day, and my liver is exhausted from trying to rid me of these toxins. i have extreme hot flashes which is my liver trying to detox. The worst part is I also bought two more of these mattreses, one for my guest room and one for my only child and his wife. Please God tell me our bodies can regenerate. I foresee this being a massive lawsuit like asbestos cases. I am going to see my attorney friends because these companies must be stopped from killing us.

    11. Jenna says:

      My husband and I purchased a tempurpedic mattress a couple of months ago and we were never warned about the toxic off-gassing or smell. When we first unwrapped the mattress the scent of chemicals was overwhelming so we let it air out in our guest room for a few weeks before bringing it downstairs to our room. The first time I attempted to sleep on it I gave up and had to leave the room after a very short time because I had a headache and my throat felt irritated. I didn’t attempt to sleep on it again for a couple more weeks when the smell seemed to have dissipated a bit. Well, the next day I had a horrible headache, bloody nose, body aches, irritated lungs and throat and dizziness. I thought I wasn’t coming down with something but now I know it’s the mattress. I have been sleeping on the recliner and anytime I spend more than 5 minutes in our bedroom my symptoms start to return. I am beyond upset about this and am praying to God that my baby hasn’t been harmed in any way -I’m 28 weeks pregnant. I am planning on returning the mattress even though I’m going to lose hundreds in fees. I’m also now stuck with a very expensive adjustable base that isn’t compatible with other mattresses.

    12. Yamina says:

      Hi Staphanie Gordon, I just read your post and the same thing happened to me! I went on a business trip for two weeks and I realized that my health issues were caused by my mattress. I have terrible headaches and nerve pain throughout my body. I feel as if my health is deteriorating by the minute. I have been a zombie like you since I can’t fall asleep right away and when I do, I wake up right away because of the tingling and burning sensation as my body sinks into the bottom, flat surface of the mattress. Unlike you, I do smell the odor and it has been almost 10 months!

    13. Yamina says:

      Thank you so much for making this page available to the consumer. I purchased a Tempurpedic Mattress last September of 2014; Ever since, I have had many health issues and I have come to the conclusion that I am sensitive to the VOC exposure. I have always taken really good care of my health by being a super healthy eater and a runner. I never had any health issues and always had really good stamina and energy. Now, on a daily basis, I have insomnia, headaches, body aches, allergies (irritated eyes, flu like symptoms) and an injured shoulder as a result of my body sinking in the extra soft and flat surface. I wake up in pain almost every day. Due to the symptoms I am having, I had blood work done because I thought I had anemia since I don’t eat red meat. I was surprised when my doctor said I was not anemic. It makes so much sense that I feel the way I do since if I’m inhaling all these toxic compounds. I’m in the process of negotiating an exchange for my mattress but due to comfort issues since the place where I bough it from sent me the wrong one the first time. Since I eventually ended up exchanging it, I can no longer exchange it one more time since “I used up the chance” to do so a second time.” The mattress I tried at the store’s show room feels nothing like the one they delivered to me. I am negotiating with the store to see if they can exchange it but I have not had a response from the store manager. As I’m writing this, I have a headache and have major allergy symptoms. As of last night, I am sleeping on my carpet next to the $7,800.00 king size mattress and foundation I purchased that is only making me sick. My question to you is how do we add ourselves to that class action law suit? Or how do I even ask for a refund based on all these health related issues that only I as a consumer know that came about right after I purchased this mattress. Thank you for reading this long post.

    14. mike says:

      dido to all the aforementioned have had our temperpidic since 07 paid almost 6k and have had all manner of pain and breathing related problems now I know why , as per others here I sleep and begin to feel much better when I sleep away from my temper, Oo and the valleys!! I think we got like a 20year warantee but when I recently called Sleepys where we purchased they gave me the biz big time laughing all the way to the bank those rats are, this could be one of the greatest scams ever on the American consumer, think about how many people have their kids on these things with the crazy high rates of breathing problems amoung young people as of late that is truly scary aside from the problems regarding circulation and back trouble and gasses holy crap I’ll be joining the class action suit today, perhaps sites like this can stop stone walling and perhaps out rite lies beening told by smiling commistioned sale’s peps best of luck to all

    15. Shara Eller says:

      I bought a Tempurpedic classic 8 years ago.But only have been sleeping on it 5 years. My Husband had Kidney problems 18% working and has passed away from Cancer He slept on it for 5 years.I had extreme dizziness but not any now that I sleep on the couch I don’t know what to do as I paid 2700.00 for it but how can I sell it. thinking what I am thinking

    16. Jan says:

      We have a mold problem with our mattress. During our Spring Cleaning we removed all the blankets, etc. and in tipping up the mattress we saw body shaped patches of mold. I immediately called Tempur-Pedic and they said mold was not a factory defect, nor a common problem. They were, however, as a one time courtesy, willing to replace my mattress, but I would have to buy their wood mattress foundation and I could never make a future claim against them. Our mattress is on a chest bed with a solid wood top, not slats or box springs. In speaking to customer service I asked what their foundations were made of…wood, covered with polyester. What???!!! They want me to buy a wood foundation to place on my wood mattress pad! Then of course there is the part where they want to record your affirmative to not pursuing any further claims on our 25 year mattress.

      This smacks of unethical business practices! I have Googled mold and Tempur-Pedic and come up with tons of such stories. Further there have been a lot of complaints about the newer mattresses breaking down and valleys developing. My mattress is less than three years old. I don’t want out-gassing and premature breakdown of the bed. I just want a safe bed with a warranty that I can trust.

      Has anyone been able to get a refund or help from them that doesn’t include buying something and voiding out 22 years of our warranty?

      Thank you for you help.

    17. Cori W. says:

      I was interested in purchasing a good mattress and enjoying longer rest periods. I purchased a tempur-pedic mattress and the pillows were free in 2011. Immediately, I began experiencing ringing in my ears from the close contact with the pillows, stiffness and weakness in my body, and a feeling of being confined to the bed. I did not know what was happening to me. I was conferencing with my doctor about the new body signs. I never mentioned the new mattress. He did not know what to tell me and we were wondering what was happening to me. I would have never guessed that it was my new $4,000.00 mattress. About three months later, I went out to eat one afternoon and decided to go on line while waiting for lunch. I was still excited about my mattress and wanted to compare it to the cost of others. This is when I discovered the negative comments of others who had purchased the mattress. I felt like my money had been snatched right out of my purse. I read more and more comments and had no desire to eat lunch. I had to make another appointment with my doctor.

      What are your recommendations for me to follow? Are they waiting for someone to die before they take action.

      In my opinion, enough customers have complained.

    18. Stephanie Gordon says:

      We bought a Serta iCloud (memory foam) Aura from Sears in January and I haven’t had a good night’s sleep since. While I never smelled any odor, I have been constantly lethargic no matter how many hours I sleep, unable to fall asleep for a long time and difficulty waking up, knee pain and terrible headaches. I was just out of town for a week and NO problems! I know it is the mattress. The store policy is 120 days for return and when I called today they said it has been 121 days and unlikely they will return. Seriously?? I am not a litigious person, but feel like seriously suing…for a full refund and damages. I have been a zombie for four months and was NEVER warned of any potential risk. How can they not warn people that these problems can possible arise?? It’s like warning labels on cigarettes…this industry NEEDS to be accountable for people’s health. What will it take?? It didn’t occur to me that it could be the bed. Had I known of potential side effects, I would have immediately returned it. I will take it as far as i need to to get my money back…and they’re lucky if I don’t take it further than that. Reading all of these comments, I can’t believe how much some people have suffered. Maybe we should all file a suite on this corrupt industry.

    19. Connie says:

      We purchased a tempurpedic mattress two years ago & I have been ill ever since. Chronic inflamed irritated throat & nosebleeds. All blood work tests negative & no diagnosis by several physicians. I am convinced it’s the VOCs/formaldehyde in our mattress. Also wondering if it’s safe to keep now that the major off gassing should be complete? Also getting a new mattress of any kind means more initial off gassing so not sure what to do about our mattress situation. How do we proceed with a lawsuit or did anything ever come of the class action suit?

    20. Randy says:

      We have recently moved and leased a house for a year. This is our second month in the house. The bed in the main bedroom is a tempurpedic. I do not know how old it is. I have not been feeling well since I started sleeping in it. One thing is that I experienced shoulder pain on the left side of my body. Even the left side of my face felt numb. But the bigger thing is that I have had a perpetual cough. I got rid of the duvet, thinking I might have be having an allergic reaction to down. I had that happen once. Then I got rid of the Tempurpedic pillows. I kept sneezing and coughing and developed an ongoing sore throat. When I left the house and slept somewhere else, I noticed I felt better. In the last two to three weeks, the coughing reached a crezendo that resulted in aggravated bronchitis. At 3 am two nights ago I ended up in the emergency room with an unremitting wheezing spongy cough that had become intolerable. I was really sick! My back and muscles and stomach muscles ached from coughing. I was shaking, trembling with every cough. =The ER doctor at first thought I had pneumonia but after viewing my x-ray, he decided it was an aggravated bronchitis. I sat under a mask inhaling an Albuteral mist for an hour. He gave me a Zpack (antibiotic), an Rx cough medicine, a pain killer, and a portable Albuteral mister. I came home without reason… I just recoiled at going back into that room, into that bed. I went to the guest bedroom and took my Tylenol. In two days my coughing abated so much that I did not need any more of the meds I had been given.((I did have to finish the Z pack.) I didn’t know why but I still couldn’t make myself go back to into that bedroom. Then I had the thought. Maybe it could be the bed. I looked up Tempurpedic and allergies and up popped your articles. I know it’s the bed, I know it. I’m in the other room typing this and I am okay. In there I feel the reaction in my nose, throat and then in my lungs, That bed is attacking my lungs! The mattress is so thick and heavy. I could never move it! Does anyone know if there is a zippercase mattress cover that could block these VOC’s?? I am feeling so much better in the guest bedroom!

      • Doug Begley says:

        I had the same issues (bronchitis, etc) within two months of buying a Tempur-Pedic Elite. I’ve never had lung issues like that before, not even a cold in 5 years. Now I’m developing severe, new allergies even after buying a sophisticated air filter for the bedroom. I bought an air mattress at Target and get a much better night’s sleep on it.
        Healthy Back store management changed their minds the day after I said I wanted to return it and said I couldn’t. I’ll be going to BBB, and other consumer agencies before pursuing local court action.

    21. Gr8Dane says:

      If this is as bad as it seems to be, then the lawyers who are leading this charge should open the lawsuit up nationwide – bet there would be a whole slew of tempurpedic owners who would gladly jump on board for failure to disclose key material facts about the safety of their product, and falsely advertising it as safe. As it Consumer fraud!

    22. Chuck says:

      We got a Tempurpedic (our second one after 10 years). Haven’t been sick in 3 years. 3 days after sleeping on the new one I got a allergic respiratory reaction followed by some flu like symptoms.

      Its likely going back to the store and if they don’t want to refund we’ll just stop payment on it.

      This article is from 12/2013. Would like to know what happened with the case.

    23. Daniel says:

      How can I sign up for the class action suit?

    24. Midge says:

      I’ve had mine for about 2.5 years and went to their website to a question answer page. My first question was asking what they would recommend that might be new for someone with a very bad back and they promptly answered and posted my comment. The second post which was a reply to their comment was regarding the mattress it’s self not holding up and having deep impressions on each side was not published and in an email they said it didn’t meet company guidelines. I call that selective positioning and censorship. Now I’m finding out that the flu symptoms I have way to often could be a result of the materials used in the memory foam. This is unconscionable and the public can’t comment on their site without approval or on their fb page. I am not happy! Suggestions?

    25. Michele says:

      Also wondering if the lawsuit has proceeded and how to get in on it. I purchased a mattress a year and a half ago before I knew any better and we’re still paying it off!

    26. Angela says:

      I have had my Tempurpedic cloud Luxe Breeze for just over 2 months and I haven’t had one decent nights sleep since I got it. I have actually had MORE pain since sleeping on it than I have ever had. I never experienced back pain until sleeping on this bed. Yet when I spoke to the salesman about it, after having it for a month, he said I needed to give it more time to break In. I have also been waking up with headaches very frequently. And I am now having to take medicine for insomnia because I wake up 2 or 3 times each night. I never would have considered that it might be the mattress causing all these issues until I researched reviews on it. I am very disappointed in this because I have heard so many great things about Tempurpedic mattresses. I was expecting to be one of those people that couldn’t wait to go to bed because it was so comfortable. I DREAD going to bed because it’s miserable. Luckily for me my sleep trial hasn’t ended. So I will definitely be returning this mattress for one that won’t ruin my “sleep” life.

    27. Tracey Perritt says:

      My husband and I have had a tempurpedic mattress for about 5 years now. He began to have a lot of shoulder pain. He has been receiving shots to relieve the pain in both shoulders. For the past 6 months, I have had extreme shoulder pain, one shoulder is frozen; so I began to sleep on the other shoulder, now I have pain in both. We never had these issues before. I am so upset, that I am seriously thinking about suing the company. Anybody else having these kind of problems with their mattress?

    28. JT says:

      I read with great interest in your 12-13-13 article. Has the class action lawsuit finally gone to court? If yes was there a decision? I recently purchased a Tempurpedic mattress and I am experiencing breathing and/or lung problems. They go away when I leave my apartment for a few hours. I have tried to air out the mattress by opening the windows most of the day for 5 days(it’s winter here), but the oder/fumes don’t seem to dissipate very much. I wish I would have read these warnings before buying. Now I have to deal with the retailer and probably have to incur the additional cost of an attorney. All of that just for trying to buy a new bed. Caveat emptor!

    29. N.O. says:

      I had no idea how toxic the off gassing of the Tempurpedic was, we have had the bed for 25 days and it still stinks. I now have stomach cramps, headaches, rash, metal taste in my mouth and a very lethargic feeling. Now I am fighting tempurpedic and sit n sleep to return it. A 100% latex mattress seems to be the best option if you want to avoid harmful chemicals. As a cancer survivor I say Shame on Tempurpedic for continuing to sell this cancer causing mattress!!!!!

    30. Lester says:

      My wife and I are going to get a tempur pedic mattress today!! What should we do? I am sensitive to out-gassing (headaches, nausea). Is tempurpedic really that bad or is this the 1.5 percent who have hyper reactions to the outgassing. I have not been able to find any studies regarding the VOC exposure of this product. Anything scientific out there or is this subjective?

      • Organic Girl says:

        Lester, I have been researching the Chemicals that are in the Tempur. Benzene’s and Formaldehydes are used, in several different formulations. I want you to think really hard about what you are deciding to place in a confined space such as your bedroom where you will be spending 1/3 of your life in. Petroleum and other chemicals are the major components in their formulation and then add the FR chemicals- It seems to me that this is just a molitie cocktail for disease, and cancer. * I also want to make it CLEAR to everyone reading this… THE GOVERNMENT does not regulate chemicals UNTIL they are found or PROVEN to be Hazardous. Before the EPA can require companies to test their chemicals, it must prove they pose unreasonable risks and could expose the public in large amounts. The Government Accountability Office calls this the “burden of proof” rule

    31. Jim Wyland says:

      Am I able to get a list of materials and/or chemicals used to make the Tempurpedic Cloud Luxe mattress? I would like try and determine, through a local allergist, if I am in fact allergic to any of the materials, chemicals, or gasses/vapors given off by the mattress. I too have been experiencing chronic hive-like symptoms, including burning sensations and itching, etc. over the last 5 months. Thanks in advance for your information.

      Jim Wyland

      • Mattress Journal says:

        Hello Jim,

        The best bet would probably be contacting Tempurpedic directly. However, many manufacturers (especially Tempur) consider the formulas trade secret and do not disclose many details about the ingredients. Ingredients and chemicals can vary significantly in polyurethanes, so it’s hard to say for certain, though you can get a rough idea of components on Wikipedia’s memory foam page.

      • Michelle says:

        I believe the formaldehyde that is released by memory foam mattresses can cause allergies.

    32. Rhona says:

      I am so angry at all the symptoms I have since I have my foam mattress. I’ve had two kidney infections and have never had any kind of problem like this. One kidney is often throbbing and I have to use a remedy – fortunately I know a natural one.

      My skin is full of pimples mostly on my back, but arms too and neck and face to some degree

      I have a rash on my neck.

      I am a health nut and have done detox and my work is physical fitness and detox.

      When I went away a few months ago all my symptoms cleared up in a few days..

      I paid around 1000. for my mattress

      I will sue.

      I have some other symptoms too like palpitations and dizziness and sometimes waking up with a sore throat

    33. Jakie says:

      I’ve been getting sick for the last two and a half years (about the time I started sleeping on our tempupedic) and couldn’t figure out why. I just had blood work done. My doctor said I had the liver of someone who drinks half a bottle of whiskey every day and I rarely drink. When I do it’s not whiskey, usually a glass of wine, but only about once a month. He asked if I had been around high concentrations of chemicals. I mentioned the tempurpedic, his eyes got wide and told me this could very well be causing my liver issues. It’s really upsetting to know the high priced bed we bought might be causing me serious illness! How does one join this class action lawsuit?

    34. sophie says:

      hi

      i am just wondering if this has gone to trial and what the outcome is? we have a tempur mattress so i am quite interested in this as i have never noticed an odour from it at all?

      • Mattress Journal says:

        Hello!
        It doesn’t look like there’s been any major news about this lawsuit yet; there was a motion to dismiss that was denied, but its still proceeding forward. We’ll update this article if there’s a resolution announced. Thanks for reading!

    35. Lisandra Martinez says:

      Hello,
      I have been very sick during the past six months with extreme dizziness, headaches and nerve issues. After visiting specialists and not knowing what was causing my problem i happen to stay at a hotel and sleep in a different bed. I then noticed i felt a lot better. Since then, I realized my memory foam pillow must be the problem. After researching I have come across all this info which is new to me. What should my next step be? Should i contact a lawyer? How can i test if the pillow is the problem?

      • Mattress Journal says:

        Hi, thanks for reading! We aren’t qualified to give you legal advice, but many lawyers offer free consultations and would be able to tell you if you have a case. The best way to test if your pillow is contributing to health issues would be to remove it, and use a neutral pillow for a few weeks instead. A hypoallergenic poly/cotton pillow or a natural latex pillow would make a good “control” test since these should not have strong chemical odors. You may also wish to document your experience and any improvements if you plan on pursuing it.

        • Bob Petersen says:

          I had this tempurpedic pillow for awhile now since February 2011. It was okay until now, recently, I started getting sick on early September 2015. I would have itchy throat and makes me cough real bad. Some times all day long. Went to my doctor and treated me for allergy. Time went by it didnot help. It keeps waking me up any where from 2 to 5 am by coughing. In the morning when I get up I would feel terrible and have post nasal drip, itchy throat, cough real bad and sometimes my taste is terrible. Agan time went by and I ask myself what the hell is going on. Every time I go out side the house I would feel better and inside the house away from my bedroom. Switch my Tempurpedic pillows and use my older pillows and just one night it was a big changed. No itchy throat and coughing. I am going to give it a full week and see the progress. I guess the Tempurpedic material is bracking down to microscopic compounds or fibers that is making me sick recently. I hope this information helps other people. Let me know if this can develop a case.

    36. Terri says:

      I have a temperpedic bed for several years. Do they continually off gas?

      • Mattress Journal says:

        Hello,

        Off-gassing odors are usually most noticeable in the first couple weeks, as the majority of the “volatile” compounds responsible for the odors will have broken down during that time. I don’t think there has been any official studies testing the issue specifically with foams but it is possible that minor amounts of VOCs could continue to off-gas for the life of the product. However, at this time the EPA considers finished polyurethane chemically inert and safe. It will be interesting to see how this is determined if this goes to trial. Thanks for reading!

        • Robert Haverlock says:

          Yes but? This could be a trigger issue. Isocynates can linger for years, foam in building materials have been making people sick, long after installations.

          Manufacturers have to, have to tell the public what important information about the contents of their products and have a responsibility to be accountable for things they make. Share all assumptions, methodology, data and analysis. And we should reward manufacturers who fully disclose contents and processes to allow for meaningful analysis.

    37. redentor m videna says:

      I have some health issues regarding my tempur pedic bed which I bought in Jan 2012. They are offering me a refund less some deductions for use and shipping fee but they want me to waive all my claims in the future against the compamy Should I sign the documents or could I be included in the class action suit.

      • Mattress Journal says:

        Hello,
        We definitely aren’t qualified to give legal advice, however the amount awarded in class action lawsuits is often fairly minimal. You would have to use your judgement to consider which route would offer you the greatest potential benefit and satisfaction and/or consult with legal counsel to see which makes the most sense for your situation. Thanks for stopping by!

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