After 2.5 years of sleeping on the tough mattress I had inherited from a previous tenant, I decided that *cue Ali Wong voice* I had suffered enough and that my Wayfair mattress topper (which was also a little too warm to sleep on, but not terrible overall) just wasn't cutting it anymore, and that I needed better sleep — ok, I also don't have a great nor consistent sleep schedule, but a hard mattress sure doesn't help! I'd heard of Casper (Duh, who hasn't?), but I also knew there are a lot of online mattress companies in the game now, so I did some research and settled on Helix — and soon after, their Sunset Mattress. And oh boy, leaving my bed has become infinitely harder (this coming from an already very sloth-like, bed-loving, and oversleeping person).
First off, I need all the help I can get when I'm shopping — especially for something so important and that I'm gonna use every. single. day. So I really like the quiz they have you take to figure out your sleep preferences (i.e. if you're a side sleeper, which I am) so they can match you to one of their mattresses. I knew I wanted a soft mattress, but when I got my mattress, I was surprised that it was still plenty supportive!! (See the gif? That's me pressing pretty hard into the mattress.) There are two types of foam layers to create different densities and pressure relief, so it's just the right balance for me and I wake up without an ounce of back or side pain, while still feeling like I'm cuddled by a giant marshmallow. And! I'm not hot! No more waking up in the middle of night and feeling my back stick to the bed. All Helix mattresses are designed with two layers to increase airflow, and they even offer an Ultra-Cool Cover if you're a super hot sleeper — I personally have a super cool and crisp Brooklinen mattress cover (and sheets!) that keeps me at a comfortable temperature.
I've had my Sunset Mattress for about 2.5 months now and I can safely feel more rested when I wake up! I also feel like I fall asleep faster, which is important because there is NOTHING I hate more than lying in bed unable to fall asleep. My boyfriend would agree — he knocks out immediately every time. His mattress definitely leaves something to be desired and it's also much more springy, so I feel like Helix has upped my standards for the better. Also, I toss and turn sometimes while I sleep, so I was afraid he'd be able to feel my movements, and vice versa, but nope — we don't feel a thing. Basically the mattress conforms to and supports you exactly where you are. I'm just in love with it, and wish I had switched mattresses sooner. It's an investment for your well-being, tbh. Wow, saying that makes me feel incrementally more like a Real Adult. —Sarah Han
Get the Sunset Mattress from Helix Sleep for $525+ (available in sizes Twin to CA King).