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This is not a sob story. In fact, it’s a lighthearted saga of someone—me—who did the impossible of rekindling an old flame with his first and longest crush: bed sheets.
As a kid, I lived a typical tragic boarding school lifestyle, and my parents thought taking me out every weekend on overnight trips to fancy hotels was a way of bonding with me (spoiler alert, it wasn’t). But I did grow to love those crisp, mushy hotel sheets. I’d dive into them, feel the swoon as they touched my skin, and sleep like a log on them until dad’s snoring awoke me.
Flash forward to adulthood, I’ve hunted for sheets that could again Goldilocks my nighttime, sans having me to book a year-long residency at Burj Al Arab. But like how fairy tales work—you don’t choose true love; true love chooses you—Casper’s Hyperlite sheets were recommended to me by chance. The morning after my first night sleeping on them, I woke up alarmed, like waking up from a 50-year-long limbo in Inception and finally coming home: That was a good sleep.
They are actually sleep-inducing
You know that feeling—getting a serotonin boost, and feeling sleepy just from touching soft sheets? Well, Casper’s Hyperlite material made with its softer-than-cotton Tencel Lyocell fiber, is even more uncanny. They are silky smooth, too, and sometimes I wonder: Am I sleeping on clouds, or am I still a kid sleeping on hotel sheets and the last 12 years of my life have just been a fever dream? What “sedated” me even more is the sheets’ texture: it looks thick and grainy like linen, yet feels gossamer and stretchy like a feather. I can’t wrap my mind around such sorcery, so I just sleep on it.
They breathe, which means they are cool
I don’t need a sounding-aggressively-more-eerie white noise machine, or a five-hour-long tongue tingles ASMR video to help me stay asleep at night—trust me, I’ve tried. I need sheets that breathe to simply retire me as a restless, hot sleeper. And I need them to suck out my body heat instead of giving me an ill-timed hot bod. Casper’s Hyperlite sheets hit that sweet spot thanks to a unique square grid weave of visible small holes. The pattern helps disperse the heat my body emits at night, instead of trapping it all beneath me. (The sheets even look breathable since they’re somewhat see-through.) You won’t necessarily dream away with an entire AC vent blowing cool air down your back, but you’ll sleep on a vent-like structure that facilitates airflow to cool you down—and stay cool—throughout the night.
About that thread count
I was smitten with luxe hotel sheets because of how cool they felt, and—to dispel the myth once and for all—that’s got nothing to do with having a 500 thread count. In fact, the higher the thread count, the heavier and warmer the sheets are. Casper’s Hyperlite sheets lay at a dainty 200 thread count (the entry point to good quality sheets), which feels, well, hyper-light, and crisp-to-the-touch. Less is more here—more breathability and coolness. But the 100 percent Tencel Lyocell fiber fabric renders them just as soft and smooth as their thread count “superiors”. It’s a best-of-both-worlds kind of sleepy situation you’ll love drifting yourself off into.
Photography by Timothy Mulcare. Prop styling John Olson for Halley Resources.
Maverick Li is the Assistant eCommerce Editor at Esquire, where he covers tech, home, and all things related to lifestyle.
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