7 Surprising Reasons Your Sleep Surface & Sleep Environment May Not Be As Optimized As You Think, With Essentia Mattress CEO Jack Dell’Accio.

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16 April 2022

My guest on this podcast, Jack Dell’Accio, is the founder and CEO of Essentia (btw, you can use code BG200 for $200 off their mattresses) which is the world’s only natural memory foam mattress. Jack has dedicated the last 16 years to studying mattresses and sleep health.

His journey began after experiencing a family member’s battle with cancer. After being made aware of the toxins in everyday items, the Dell’Accio family struggled to find a mattress that offered pressure relief and posture support without introducing toxins to the bedroom. He realized at that point how important this was not only for someone battling disease but also for healthy people.

After several years, Jack discovered a way to create a mattress that was toxin-free and healthy so that others wouldn't have to suffer from health issues as his relative did. His determination finally led him to create, patent, and invent a mattress that is handmade in Canada with the world's only all-natural memory foam, composed of natural latex, plant extracts, essential oils, and water.

Knowing that you spend a third of your life sleeping on what can be the most toxic item in your home is why Jack stepped in to develop Essentia’s patented natural memory foam, which is made using only the highest quality natural and organic ingredients, helping you “rest assured” you're not being exposed to toxic chemicals while you sleep.

The ingredients used in this no-spring, no-wool mattress are unlike any you've ever seen, including:

Hevea Milk: the milky white “sap” of the rubber tree, collected much like maple tree sap. This milk is processed to make the Essentia natural memory foam, which is known for its durability, support qualities, and purity…

Organic Essential Oils: a natural and healthy alternative to man-made oils or petroleum commonly used in other mattresses. Grapefruit seed, coneflower essence and jasmine essence all help achieve proper consistency in the Essentia natural memory foam while providing soothing and rejuvenating properties to your body…

Natural Plant Extracts: a substitution to harsh toxic chemicals used in conventional memory foam, plant extracts such as hydrolyzed corn help Essentia achieve the proper consistency for their natural memory foam…

Certified Organic Cotton: every Essentia mattress is wrapped in 100% GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) certified unbleached organic cotton, grown without any chemicals, synthetic fertilizers, or pesticides. Rather than using toxic glue, they use a non-toxic adhesive made from liquid latex and acrylic resin to hold their natural memory foam layers together.

Over the last few years, Jack has been working with Delos Wellness. Based on data from their Well Living Lab/Mayo Clinic collaboration, they consider Essentia the best-suited mattress for human sustainability, as it scores the highest on all sleep environment pillars.

There are six (actually seven, if you count EMF and Essentia's new EMF blocking technologies) factors that Essentia focuses on to give you a better night of sleep:

1. Temperature Control

Essentia mattresses naturally pull heat away from your body and out of the mattress, allowing you to sleep on average 7 degrees cooler* than your body temperature over an 8-hour time-lapse thus promoting ‘micro-hibernation.’

*Temperature drop varies by Essentia category.

2. Allergy-Friendly

Essentia mattresses are impervious to dust mites and do not contain latex proteins that may trigger allergies as reported by Dr. Robert G. Hamilton of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Essentia also does not use any wool or fiber batting that may act as a nesting ground for dust mites. You can rest easy knowing you won’t be exposed to potential allergens on an Essentia mattress.

3. Accelerated Recovery

Essentia mattresses offer ultimate pressure relief, increasing blood circulation and eliminating numbness and soreness at night provided by Essentia’s patented natural memory foam. Fall asleep quicker, recover faster, and stay asleep longer on Essentia.

4. Optimized Sleep

Essentia Wholebody Recovery category mattresses feature Essentia’s patented molded technology resulting in a high-density natural memory foam comfort layer that reacts quickly to your natural movements at night, thus reducing sleep interruptions and keeping you in crucial REM sleep cycles.

5. Organically Clean

Essentia’s natural and organic components reduce VOC exposure so your body can spend less time fighting outside elements and more time healing. All Essentia products are manufactured in Essentia’s GOLS (Global Organic Latex Standard) and GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) certified organic factory.

6. Proper Posture

Essentia mattresses eliminate negative space to properly support the back for a more comfortable sleep. The natural hevea latex support core featured in all Essentia mattresses ensures proper spinal alignment.

Of course, Essentia also has 5-pound density memory foam throughout, an extremely low mm-HG (this is very important for your joint biomechanics as you sleep), and a 20-year warranty on the most durable memory foam on the face of the planet. So basically, you do not just get the best sleep ever on an Essentia mattress, but you could probably even eat an Essentia mattress.

These mattresses are also held to the strictest of strict standards. As a matter of fact, here's an extensive list of all the rigorous tests and certifications the Essentia mattresses go through.

In other words, Jack figured out how to manufacture the greenest, healthiest, and most comfortable night's sleep you'll ever have.

During our discussion, you'll discover:

– BGL article on Essentia:

-How Jack got interested in sleep and mattresses…08:50

  • Idiopathic environmental intolerance (multiple chemical sensitivities)

-How Essentia tackles the allergens issue…12:25

  • Derived from proteins
  • Become nesting areas for dust mites; dust mites feces, corpses trigger reactions in the body
  • In organic mattresses, allergens could be from latex and proteins that also trigger reactions from the body
  • Essentia mattresses have zero protein pads on the surface
  • The foam is very dense and with high elasticity; dust mites cannot burrow through
  • Essentia mattresses do not have batting
  • Essentia has developed 256 variations of foam formula; every mattress has different layers consisting of different formulations

-How Essentia differs from most memory foams on the market…16:45

  • Commercial term for “visco-elastic polyurethane foams”;
  • Memory foam is a slow response foam; creates a body cast – better for blood pressure distribution and circulation
  • Lower priced brands are all usually made with chemicals; eliminating density and support
  • Essentia has very high density and very high elasticity latex
  • Certified organic Hevia milk from India and Sri Lanka
  • Plant extracts and essential oils for different feel and elasticity; more adaptive and best for posture
  • Better at not storing heat
  • Chili pad blanket

-The 7 sleep environment stimulants that keep you awake at night…27:10

  • Stimulants are external entities that prevent deep sleep
    1. VOCs (volatile organic compounds) and toxins in the air
    2. Heat
    3. Allergens
    4. Pain
    5. Movement (6-8 seconds for the body to re-adapt to the new position)
    6. Blood flow (numbness)
    7. Electromagnetic frequency (EMF) (adapt to technology)
      • EMF barrier – adapted the formula to overpower the behavior of EMF; tested during calls, streaming, downloads

-How the Essentia mattress helps with EMF…39:38

-Gold standard mattress setup…45:25

  • Posture ID questionnaire to identify posture, muscular strengths, and muscular weaknesses
  • Personality and posture are directly linked
  • EMF formula
  • Thermoregulation formula that drops surface temperature 7 degrees throughout the 8 hour time period
  • Off the shelf mattress divides people into 3 types:
    1. Flatter back
    2. Over pronounced lordotic posture
    3. Over pronounced regular posture
  • Kion Sleep

-How to get a hold of the mattress…54:45

  • To get started, simply visit the Essentia website (use code BG200 for $200 off Lifestyle, Performance, or Wholebody Recovery mattress), choose your mattress style and size, and your mattress conveniently shows up with white glove delivery (and complementary removal of your existing mattress) in just a few days, along with a 20-year warranty, and 60-day money-back guarantee.

-Pillows and foundations…58:14

-Hybrid mattresses to help out with the wallet…1:03:35

-And much more…

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4 thoughts on “7 Surprising Reasons Your Sleep Surface & Sleep Environment May Not Be As Optimized As You Think, With Essentia Mattress CEO Jack Dell’Accio.

  1. William says:

    $10,000 mattresses based upon whether I’m outgoing or introverted. Sure….

  2. Adam N says:

    Enjoyed the podcast. Was actually looking in to an Essentia mattress a few weeks ago and they were marked down 20%. Unfortunately looks like that deal has ended.

    1. Ben Greenfield says:

      Hi Adam. You can still use code BG200 for $200 off Lifestyle, Performance, or Wholebody Recovery mattress

      1. Adam N says:

        Actually looks like the 20% discount is still available and stacks with the BG200!

        Is Essentia going to be at paleo fx?

        Also Ben, do you plan to modify your chili pad setup based on the conversation?


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