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By Blair Henley

When Roger Federer heads out on the court to compete, he’s decked out in Nike duds constructed with the very best in performance fabrics. Even recreational athletes outfit themselves in clothing built to keep them cool and comfortable. So why don’t we take the same care when it comes to our sleep?

Former basketball players and Division I coaches Susan Walvius and Michelle Marciniak realized that the advanced materials used by elite athletes in competition are a far cry from the heavy cotton fabrics most of those same athletes slept on at night. Could a material created to regulate body temperature and wick away moisture have the same effect on an individual’s resting hours as they do in the heat of competition? After two years of research and development, Walvius and Marciniak found that the answer was a resounding “yes.” And that’s how Sheex performance sheets were born.

Boasting a fabric nearly 50 percent more breathable than traditional cotton, Sheex release heat, helping to keep your body at its ideal resting temperature. In addition, the sheets feature integrated wicking properties to keep you sweat-free. Finally, flexible microfibers give Sheex a luxurious, I-can’t-wait-to-jump-in feel.

Interested to see for myself whether they function as advertised, I thought I would try out a set of Sheex to experience them for myself. While I can’t say I’ve put much thought into the “performance” of my sheets, the Sheex reasoning made sense: high-tech sheets allow for better sleep, which then aids high-level production during waking hours. 

Immediately after clothing my king-size bed with my very own super-soft Sheex set (I decided on the basic white color, but there are several different shades to choose from), I knew I was in for a treat. The fabric can most closely be described as having a Nike Dri-Fit or adidas ClimaCool influence with a hint of spandex, allowing you to feel like you are literally sliding into bed. Cool to the touch, my personal climate control has been a non-issue since my introduction to Sheex. Though I can’t say I feel magically more energized when my alarm jolts me out of my peaceful slumber at 6:15 a.m., there is something to be said for being comfortable as you drift away to dreamland.

My only complaint is the tendency of the top sheet to slide down toward my feet as my body shifts throughout the night. I often have to pull the soft, stretchy, lightweight fabric back up to my chin level after it works its way down. 

Overall, these sheets have me looking forward to hopping into bed at the end of a long day. Amazingly, they seem to adjust to the temperature in my bedroom, both retaining heat and expelling it with ease. Though I tend to stick to the basics in when it comes to my bedding, Sheex sheets have lived up to the hype.  

Posted: 10/17/2013 12:04:52 PM