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I think I’ll just go right ahead and say it: I am a sweaty sleeper. When I’m stressed or anxious during the day, I turn into a sweating machine at night and wake up looking like I just got out of the shower (sorry for the TMI… ). I was starting to wonder how my beloved mattress was holding up to my sweating issue, which, if I’m totally honest, just added more stress to the problem. So, I decided to try out a waterproof mattress protector to halt (or hopefully prevent in the first place) the harm done to my mattress.
In my experience with mattress protectors, I thought I had to accept a less-than-comfortable sleep to keep my mattress safe — not only from my sweat, but also from bacteria, dust mites, and other allergens. Before now, I’d never met a mattress protector that I liked. Most waterproof mattress protectors feel — and sound! — plasticky. They never quite fit the mattress properly, and they’re always bunching or causing friction and sliding around under the sheets.
It was truly a delightful surprise to find that the SIJO Eucalyptus Mattress Protector has none of the classic mattress protector faults! I could immediately tell that it would be better than the zip-all-the-way-around, paper-thin versions I had tried in the past. Even before I put it on my bed, I could feel how high quality it was. It has a padded top, and after one wash, any stiffness the SIJO may have had melted into a soft, silent, and pliable protector that easily (and snuggly) tucks beneath the four corners of my mattress, fitted sheet style. The ironic but absolute best part about this protector? You can’t feel it at all, even beneath thin, percale sheets.
The 100 percent waterproof SIJO is made without chemical coatings (instead they use organic solvents and a technical fabric creation process), so it keeps my bed as hypoallergenic as it does dry. It’s made with sustainable Tencel lyocell and 100 percent recycled polyester, and it’s OEKO-TEX certified — meaning the protector is not only safe and non-toxic to sleep on, it also reduces all kinds of unnecessary waste during the production process to minimize SIJO’s effects on the environment.
For me, the cherry on top is the naturally cooling fabric, so my SIJO doesn’t just combat my sweaty sleeping, it works to prevent the problem before it starts. You don’t have to be a hot, sweaty, or stressed sleeper to love this protector, though. In fact, it’s so incredible, it even won the top spot on our mattress pads and protectors Best List. And it doesn’t get better than that!