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This Casper Mattress Helped My Relationship...and My Back

Okay, a mattress wasn't going to make or break my relationship, but upgrading definitely hasn't hurt.
By Mariah Tyler
March 04, 2021
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Ironically, chasing after a perfect night's sleep can be exhausting. Everyone's sleep needs are different and this could not be truer for my partner and me. We've long struggled to find our comfort levels without compromise. He sleeps hot and I cold; I sleep with a weighted blanket while he prefers a single lightweight quilt and opposes the idea of a flat sheet. Finding a mattress that fits both of our needs has proven difficult, especially during a global pandemic where going to a store to test mattresses isn't exactly ideal.

The mattress we were looking to replace was a traditional spring mattress with a boxspring that was quite worn after just 3 years, no longer offering any sort of beneficial support. We were determined to achieve that deep, restful sleep we so badly needed, so finding a new mattress was the way to go.

casper wave hybrid mattress
Credit: Courtesy of Casper

We decided to try the Casper Wave Hybrid mattress for a few reasons: Casper is a highly rated and reviewed brand online, so it was easy to read buyers' experiences and see if any aligned with what we were looking for. We both were skeptical about any mattress that comes rolled in a box, but we also knew there had to be qualities worth trying since these mattress-in-a-box brands are hugely popular.

casper wave hybrid
Credit: Courtesy of Casper

To buy: casper.com, $2,595 for a queen

Casper has several mattress models, each with their own layered foam structures, but the Wave Hybrid is the latest high-end model that promises to keep hot sleepers cool with better airflow. It also offers perfectly balancing support and comfort for back and side sleepers. All the while, the hybrid structure and edge support keep it from being a sinking cushion like other foam mattresses.

Upon delivery, my partner and I carried the box in (it's recommended that two people do this part), opened it, and let the mattress unfurl. We also let it expand and breathe overnight, although the instructions say you can sleep on it right away.

Casper suggests that sleepers transitioning from a traditional mattress to a Casper may need up to 30 nights to fully adjust — and I would agree. It's been over a month now and I feel like I can finally say this mattress is a fantastic buy, and one worth the investment. My partner has not lost sleep due to overheating and I have slept many consecutive nights without waking up in the middle of them. If either of us tosses or turns in the night, there is barely any bounce and the motion doesn't disturb either of us.

The mattress itself provides all the necessary support for the shoulders and hips while having the welcoming softness of a memory foam mattress. The Casper Wave Hybrid is one of the best mattresses I've ever slept on — in fact, I'm writing this from the cushioned support of my mattress. If you're on the market for a new mattress, this one is a particularly great middle ground for partners who have varying sleep needs...or maybe just people who want the best of all worlds.

casper wave hybrid
Credit: Courtesy of Casper

To buy: casper.com, $2,595

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Mariah Tyler is the Visuals Editor at Travel + Leisure and is currently based in Texas. When she's not working, she's sleeping. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram.