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Last updated August 12, 2015

Sleep With Me - The Best (pillow) You've Ever Had

Ever wonder why you have trouble sleeping? Could it be your pillow? Yes! A product design engineer solves the problem.

Sleep With Me - The Best (pillow) You've Ever Had

Ever wonder why you have trouble sleeping? Could it be your pillow? Yes! A product design engineer solves the problem.

$16,840
pledged of $25,000pledged of $25,000 goal
262
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, December 6 2014 5:00 AM UTC +00:00
Last updated August 12, 2015

About

Millions of people around the world have trouble sleeping.

Perhaps you're one of them.

I was one of them, too.

As a product design engineer, I thought that maybe I could solve what I thought was a big problem – that pillows don’t really work to keep our heads properly supported.

Here’s the problem:

When you’re on your back, you don’t need much support. A little bit under the cervical portion of your neck is all you need. If you sleep on a really hard mattress then a bit of pillow under the back of the head can help.
Sleeping on your back
Sleeping on your back
 

But when you roll to your side, your shoulders get in the way. Your head needs a higher level of support to keep your head, neck and spine in proper alignment.

You need a higher level of support on your side
You need a higher level of support on your side

Most people do what I did. When we lay on our sides, we fluff and fold our pillow and even stick our hands under our head to help align our head with our back. This helps to relieve stress on our neck.

Then, when we roll to our backs, we readjust our pillow, flattening it out so so that we don’t raise our heads high enough to close our airway (which often leads to snoring or sleep apnea).

The biggest problem is that we have to wake up a little each time we move. This prevents us from getting a truly deep and restful sleep.

What's Out There

I started researching all of the pillows on the market...and there are a lot! Down, down with feathers, feather filled, foams of all sorts, buckwheat, styrofoam pellets, polyester fills, cotton fills, cotton covers, nylon covers, spandex, bamboo, and on and on. 

There are some shaped pillows that claim to help with the need for various levels of support, but most of them are too small and too hard to sleep on. And they don't fit any of the bedding I own.

There's even a guy on TV that claims that he can solve a whole range of ailments if you use his patented pillow. I bought one. For the life of me, I couldn't see how his patent had anything to do with the shredded foam pieces that I found inside his pillow. And to top it off, it was really uncomfortable.
 

My Solution: The Sleep With Me Pillow

I wanted a pillow that properly supported my head whether I was on my back or my side. A pillow that would fit my bedding and look inviting on my bed. A pillow that provided comfort throughout the night.

So, I created a new type of pillow. It’s a visco-elastic memory foam pillow that has molded within it two high resiliency inserts. It looks like a normal pillow but feels different. It softly cradles your head you when you’re on your back and gently raises that level of support when you are on your side. It’s subtle, but it works really well.

My Beta-testers were a good cross-section of body types. They all thought it was very comfortable. My wife loves it and my uncle called it “a miracle” (he’s had sleep problems for years).

Now, pillow comfort is highly subjective. Not everyone will find the Sleep With Me Pillow to be the answer to their sleep issues. But, realizing that so many friends and acquaintances have sleep problems, I decided to create a Kickstarter campaign so that I could produce these pillows for others to use and hopefully benefit from.

The Actual Pillow

This angle allows you to see the detail in the pillow slip.
This angle allows you to see the detail in the pillow slip.

What you see is above is the standard size prototype. It's also about 1/3 thinner than the finished product will be.

We've tested the prototype molds and they work perfectly. Now, it's time to build tooling that can withstand thousands of cycles and that gets to be expensive. Your support of my Kickstarter campaign will allow me to build the molds necessary to produce the pillows in large quantities. It will also go to pay for the raw materials as well as the beautifully embossed pillow slips (see above) that are included with each pillow. 

The first pillows will be made in queen-sized molds. That is the most popular size for fine bedding in the U.S. There are many pillow sizes found around the world. Eventually, I hope to make the Sleep With Me pillow in a wide variety of sizes, including several of the international standards.

Risks and challenges

There are certainly risks in every project on Kickstarter. Here's how I will mitigate those risks:

1. I have 21 years of experience as a Product Design Engineer, working on a wide variety of consumer products. So, I know how to get products designed, manufactured, and delivered. It's not easy, but it is a well-defined path that I have been down many times before.

2. I know sourcing and some of the best people in the business. I've picked out several excellent factories - both here and abroad - that will be solid partners in this venture.

3. The design is complete and I have begun the patent process. So, once funding closes, I can pull the trigger and have the production molds built. These special molds allow the visco-elastic foam to fully encase the high resiliency inserts. It's a new process and the prototypes have worked perfectly.

4. I've had my own product design consultancy since 1997. I know how to run a lean operation and I'll put those practices in place to make certain I can deliver on my promise. And that's what this project is - a promise to deliver the most comfortable pillow you'll ever sleep on.

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    Sublime Sleeper: Thank you for your thoughtful support of my project. You'll receive my undying gratitude and a credit on the pillow website as an early backer! You rock!

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    Awesome Sleeper: You are really something special! You'll receive a custom "Sleep With Me" sticker and my undying gratitude. You'll also receive credit on the pillow website as an early backer!

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    Sleep With Me: Is it a request or a demand? You will receive one "Sleep With Me" all cotton t-shirt in your choice of size. You'll also receive some "Sleep With Me" stickers and a mention on our upcoming website. Includes domestic shipping!

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    Early to Bed: You'll receive one Sleep With Me queen-sized pillow complete with zippered pillow slip. You'll amaze yourself and your friends at how easily you'll fall asleep and stay asleep throughout the night. Includes domestic shipping!

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    Sleepin' In: You will receive one Sleep With Me queen-size pillow complete with zippered pillow slip. You'll sleep deeply and comfortably the whole night through. includes domestic shipping!

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    A Midsummer Night's Sleep: Don't be a foolish mortal - get it all! One Sleep With Me queen-sized pillow complete with zippered pillow slip, one Sleep With Me t-shirt, stickers, a mention on the website, and my deepest appreciation. Even includes free domestic shipping! Perfect for lovers and madmen!

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    Sleepy Heads: Pillows are very social creatures and love to lay down in pairs. You will receive two Sleep With Me queen-size pillows complete with zippered pillow slips. Includes domestic shipping!

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    The Big Sleep: Channel your inner Bogart and Bacall with this complete package. Support me at this level and you'll get two Sleep With Me queen-sized pillows complete with zippered pillow slips, two of my coveted Sleep With Me t-shirts, stickers, a website mention as a highly valued backer, and my deepest appreciation. Includes domestic shipping.

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    BonBons in Bed: OK, so they won't be bon-bons. I just liked the alliteration. However, I will send you two Sleep With Me queen-size pillows complete with zippered pillow slips, two Sleep With Me t-shirts, stickers, and a selection of home-made baked goods. Pecan chocolate chip cookies? Triple chocolate brownies? You'll let me know where your interests lie and I will whip up some great goodies. All home made by me. (Due to the fresh nature of this reward, it can only be shipped to the U.S.)

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    Pillow Fight: Who gets the good pillows? Everyone! Support me at this level and you'll get ten Sleep With Me queen-sized pillows complete with zippered pillow slips. Whether you have a big family or run a Bed and Breakfast, everyone under your roof will sleep blissfully through the night. Even includes free domestic shipping!

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