As soon as I tried my new Casper, it was clear that this was going to be different from any mattress that I had ever owned before.

Maybe it’s a weird thing to stop and take stock of, but I can say with confidence that I’ve already owned more beds and mattresses than most people do throughout their entire lives. Growing up, my mother’s side of the family seemed to have this game called ‘swap the family antiques’ every time one of them got bored with the way a room looked. Of course it was always exciting when it was my turn to get a new piece. But whenever it was a bed, the excitement was always accompanied with a little bit of trepidation over the question of how well I would be sleeping for the next year. You see, every time someone got a new bed out of these swaps, it was very rare that it was the same size as the one you had before. This meant one thing: new mattress.

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So I think it’s understandable why I’m always a little nervous when I get a new mattress. When our Casper arrived in its stout little 41” x 21” x 20” box, of course it was no different. “How could a mattress that comes packaged so small possibly be comfortable?” I thought. But, hey, they did have that pretty sweet 100 night free trial (not to mention the awesome price tag), so I was happy to give it a shot. And I’m SO glad I did.

I have to admit that the Casper has been a blast from the moment of unboxing. Watching it puff up after we removed the plastic was like the adult equivalent of those expanding foam capsule toys from childhood. I’ve had other mattresses that came compressed, but they always took a few hours to reach their full size, and smelled like burnt plastic. This was definitely not the case this time, which was awesome because I couldn’t wait to try it out. So, I laid down. You know that feeling you get in your lower back when you’ve been hunched over all day and finally get to rest, and the relief feels so good it’s almost painful? Well, it was like that, only all over.

But one question remained: will it keep me cool?

Something to know about me, I’m an extremely hot sleeper. And if you happen to be one yourself, or you sleep next to someone who is, you know how horrible sleeping on a foam mattress can be. They seem to suck up all heat you’re radiating out and blast it back at you like a furnace. This, coupled with the fact that we don’t have air conditioning, was a potential recipe for disaster. I thoroughly expected to be miserable all night sweating, so I was shocked when I woke up and it was already morning. I was somehow totally refreshed and not at all disgusting. As it turns out, the geniuses over at Casper have made the top layer of their mattresses with an open-cell latex foam, specifically for this problem. These people are my new heroes…

Laying on the Casper Mattress for the first time

So, long story short, for the first time in my life I can’t wait to go to bed specifically because of the bed itself, and I’m sleeping all the way through the night (before, I thought was just something that I didn’t do). And, bonus, my ‘new mattress trepidation’ will be gone forever as well because I’m pretty sure this is the only one I’ll be purchasing from here on out.