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If you’re thinking about buying a new mattress, there’s no doubt that you want to get the best mattress you can find; something that will offer you the right level of support and comfort and will last for years to come. Two of the most popular mattresses on the market right now are Nectar and Casper. Both are a bed-in-a-box, which means that they ship directly from the manufacturer to the consumer. While this certainly makes buying easier, it can make it difficult to tell which mattress will best meet your needs.

Casper and Nectar are two popular foam mattresses that have had great success selling online. At first glance, there are a lot of similarities between the two mattresses. However, there are definitely some distinct differences that you should know to help you make a better decision.

Key Similarities
Both have a similar business model
Both have at least one layer of memory foam
Both are all foam mattresses
Both isolate motion well

Key Differences
Casper is made in the USA, while Nectar is made in China
Casper is $950 for a Queen (you can usually get $50 off from that), while Nectar is $795 (you can usually get $125 off from that)
Casper is a more established company (you get the benefit of seeing more reviews over a longer period of time)
Casper uses a specialty polyfoam over memory foam in the comfort layer, while Nectar uses two layers of memory foam
Casper is more resilient, while you sink more into the Nectar mattress
The Casper is 1.5 inches thinner than the Nectar

Casper Construction
The picture below shows the four separate layers of the Casper. The top layer is 1.5 inches of a specialty poly foam layer that is latex-like in its properties. It is open-celled (meaning it’s breathable), durable, and has good bounce. The second layer is 1.5 inches of 3.5 lb. density memory foam. This layer adds great pressure relief to the mattress. The next layer is 1.5 inches of 2.5 lb. density poly foam. This layer helps ease the transition from the comfort layers to the support layer. The final layer is a 5 inch layer of 1.8 lb. density polyfoam.

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Nectar Construction
The picture below shows the general construction and layers of the Nectar mattress. The cover is made from tencel and cotton and is quilted with gel memory foam . The first layer is one inch of gel memory foam and is faster-responding than most memory foam. The next layer is 3 inches of more memory foam and then there is a high-density poly foam support layer.
Nectar Mattress

As one of the newest mattresses on the market, Nectar’s popularity is growing quickly. The makers of the mattress have more than 15 years of combined experience and they used the latest scientific research, as well as data they collected from sleep trials in order to design a mattress that offers great support and comfort. The Nectar mattress has a universal feel, which means that it is designed to meet the needs of the majority of people, no matter their size or the position that they enjoy sleeping in. Made of four different layers of the highest quality foam materials, the Nectar mattress is designed to sleep cool, relieve pressure point build-up, provide deep compression support, and keep the spine in proper alignment.

Casper Mattress

This mattress first came onto the scene in 2014, and it quickly became one of the most popular mattresses on the market. Today, it is still just as popular as it was when it was first introduced. Backed by in-depth research and sleep trials, and constructed of high-quality materials, the Casper mattress truly delivers the comfort and support that is needed for a pain-free and restful night of sleep. Like the Nectar mattress, Casper has a universal feel, meaning that it is designed to meet the needs of the majority of sleepers, no matter what their weight is or what position they like to sleep in. Masterfully designed, expertly engineered and constructed with the highest standards possible, it’s no wonder why the Casper mattress is so popular.
Firmness and Support
Before you buy a mattress, you also want to make sure that you have an understanding of the type of firmness and support it will offer. Firmness impacts comfort, as well as support, and you definitely want to make sure that you are buying a mattress that will be as comfortable and supportive as possible.

Here’s a look at the firmness and support of the Nectar and Casper mattresses.

Nectar Mattress
We use a firmness scale of 1 to 10 to help us determine how firm a mattress is. On this scale, 1 is the softest and 10 is the firmest. We give the Nectar mattress a rating of 6.5 – 7 in regard to firmness. It’s a little bit firmer than a neutral mattress, which we think helps to boost the support it offers. While we think most people will like the firmness, we do think that some may find it a bit too firm, especially those who are looking for something softer or who are on the lighter side.

In terms of comfort, we think that the Nectar mattress is great. It’s soft, yet supportive, and it really does help to reduce buildup in the pressure points. We also found that the cooling gel helped to keep the mattress a nice, even temperature and did not cause any overheating. Additionally, we were impressed by the minimal motion transfer that we experienced on the Nectar mattress. You won’t have to worry about feeling your partner move while you are sleeping.

Casper Mattress
On the same firmness scale of 1 to 10, we also give the Casper mattress a score of 6.5. It’s designed to offer a universal feel, and we think that most people will like the firmness; however, some may find it a bit too firm. In terms of support, we were also impressed. This mattress provides deep compression support, as well as pressure point relief. It also allows for proper spinal alignment, which means that you will develop less pain while you are sleeping – if you experience any pain at all.

Sleep Position Ratings
People sleep in different positions, which means that different support is needed in order to receive the most comfortable sleep in each position. Here’s a look at the ratings for the three most popular sleep positions – the back, the stomach and the side – for both the Nectar and the Casper mattress.

Nectar Mattress
The 6.5 – 7 firmness level is something that we think back sleepers will enjoy. It won’t make you feel like you are trapped in the mattress, which is an issue that a lot of back sleepers have if a mattress is too soft. We also think that this mattress offers excellent support and reduces pressure point relief on the back.

Stomach sleepers should be very satisfied with the Nectar mattress, the quilted gel layer really helps to cushion and the second layer of memory foam is fantastic at dispersing weight and providing pressure relief.

Side sleepers will enjoy the quilted gel layer as well as the additional top layer of memory foam which will help to relieve pressure and align their spine without creating too much sinkage.

Back Sleeping score: 9.5/10
Stomach Sleeping score: 9.5/10
Side Sleeping score: 9.5/10
Casper Mattress
We think this is a great mattress for back sleepers, as it offers excellent support and reduces pressure buildup, thereby reducing pain.

Many stomach sleepers should enjoy this mattress and will find it supportive and comfortable. We do think, however, there is a chance that some people who sleep on their stomach will find it too firm, especially the heavier user.

Many side sleepers will enjoy this mattress; however, some may find it too firm. However, it also keeps the spine properly aligned, thus reducing pressure point build-up.

Back Sleeping score: 8.75/10
Stomach Sleeping score: 8.75/10
Side Sleeping score: 9/10

Both the Nectar and the Casper mattress provide tremendous comfort and support. They are both exceptional mattresses at affordable prices which will accommodate most consumers needs. Additionally, they both have the same firmness level and similar sleep position ratings. That being said, we do believe the Nectar mattress is a better choice for most consumers, the quilted gel layer, plus the additional thickness makes the mattress more appealing to a wider audience than the Casper mattress. It also performed significantly better on the individual sleep position tests. Overall, if you are looking for an affordable mattress which has the durability, comfort, and support the Nectar mattress will be the one for you.

Couple Sleeping Positions and What They Mean for You

Spoons in the Drawer Means New Love
When you sleep closely linked with your partner, it means two things: y’all can’t get enough of each other… and it’s probably a brand new relationship. When running down couple sleeping positions and what they mean, this one is pretty self-explanatory: when someone is new and exciting, you want to show that you’re excited to be around them, hence the lack of space. It’s sort of a physical reassurance that you can’t get enough of that person. Though this position tends to change as relationships age, there’s nothing wrong with this being the beginning sleeping position for your new love. This position does tend to be a little uncomfortable, so if your sleeping suffers, make sure to change it up.

Two Loose Spoons is a Natural Progression
This is a take on the typical, previously mentioned spooning position with one partner tucked inside the other (typically dubbed “little” and “big” spoon). As a couple becomes more confident in their relationship and mature, the spoons tend to drift, which offers the best sleep quality (who can sleep with someone breathing right in their ear?) It’s a nice way for the big spoon to reassure the little spoon, giving literal meaning to the phrase, “I’ve got your back.”

Chased Down Could be a Sign of Mixed Emotions
This is similar to spooning, but with one partner pushed to one side of the bed, with the other pushed up against them in a spooning-type position, with their arms around their partner’s torso. Typically this could mean that the person who has pushed themselves to the side of the bed wants to be chased, and the close spooner acting as the chaser. This is fine but occasionally can also read as a cry for space from the person who has retreated. Samuel Dunkell, the author of Sleep Positions, Night Language of the Body also calls this “illegal spooning.”

The Intertwining Lovers is a Sign of Intense Emotional Bonding
Typically this is after an emotionally positive encounter, sexy or otherwise. Both partners sleep on their sides, facing each other, locked in an embrace of arms and legs. This definitely doesn’t lead to optimal sleep, even on a good foam mattress like Nectar, and is often the signal of a new relationship. Neither of you want to leave the other’s arms, which is great, but it can also lead to a lot of arms that have fallen asleep or waking up in the middle of the night.

The Unwoven Braid is a sign of Trust
This one is actually a story in two parts. This sleep position starts as the intertwining lovers, but then unfurls between 20-30 minutes after starting to sleep. It leaves the couple sleeping on their own sides of the bed enjoying whatever sleep position they prefer most. While it can be tempting to judge this position when looking at couple sleeping positions and what they mean, it’s actually a sign of trust. In this sleep position, the couple actually trusts each other enough to let each person do their own thing. It’s a refreshing bit of independence that is needed to keep things fresh and interesting.

The Decoupled Couple Means Strength in Independence
Over 27% of couples don’t sleep touching each other. While you might think that’s the sign of a stale relationship when trying to figure out couple sleeping positions and what they mean, it’s actually the opposite. Sleeping couples who do their own thing are comfortable with each other in ways that newer couples aren’t. By not facing each other, you are showing implicit trust in your relationship. That’s a sleeping couple that’s going to stay together.

Relationship psychologist Corrine Sweet, says that sleeping couples who sleep back-to-back without touching are “connected and secure in themselves. This position shows both closeness and independence in (their) relationship.”

The Moon Landing is a Novel Sleep for Comfortable Couples
The Moon Landing is when both partner’s, ahem, butts touch each other. It’s similar to the Decoupled Couple but has the novelty of that one point of contact. While it isn’t super common, it is a transitional type of sleep position, usually when a couple is going from the beginning romantic moments to something longer and more substantial. Typically the next phase of this sleep position is going to the “decoupled couple,” but often couples who sleep like this can stay solidly in the moon landing for months or even a year.

As always, couple sleeping positions and what they mean are transitory. Nothing is set in stone, but hopefully, with this guide, you can get a general idea of what your sleeping position means, and what that says about your relationship status. Don’t sweat the small stuff, a sleeping position isn’t going to make or break you. Sleeping couples are just a reflection of their awake selves, so if you feel like you need to increase communication, don’t hesitate. Remember, you’re always in control of your life.