Our Story

Co-founders Ryan Mounaime (left) and Ryan Winn (center) accepting the Gold Medal of Innovative Excellence.

HOW WE GOT STARTED.

The idea for our very first product, the SleepHug Pillow, was created by co-founder, Ryan Winn, while he was staying overnight in a hospital waiting room in his hometown of Hampton Roads, VA. It was 4:00 in the morning, and his grandmother was being treated by physicians. He and his family had been waiting for several hours and were exhausted. He wanted to take a nap while waiting, so he had to either hunker down in one of those terrible waiting room chairs, or sleep on the floor... both extremely uncomfortable!

Sleephug Prototype Sales Receipt Prototype production receipt

Wanting to avoid the floor and desperate for some rest, Ryan rolled up a blanket and wrapped it behind his neck, in front of his shoulders, and behind his back. This held his head upright and supported as he slept in his chair. Almost miraculously, Ryan was able to fall asleep and stay asleep and to his own surprise, he actually felt refreshed when he woke up a few hours later, when his grandmother was finally released from the hospital. (Grandma was ok!)

That was the "A-HA" moment... His graphic design degree came in handy, as he was able to quickly mock up a drawing of this "pillow wrap" idea. The next day he took this drawing to a local seamstress, and within a week, he had the very first prototypes. That's when he called me for my opinion (my name is also Ryan). We had been friends for a while and he knew I had experience in business and entrepreneurship.

SleepHug Prototype and Logo SketchesBrainstorming the Sleephug and its branding

We met up at Chicho's, a local pizza shop where he showed me his pillow creation. I saw this pillow wrap thing that looked like a big noodle, and I was pretty skeptical at first! But then I put the pillow on, sat down in my chair, and BOOM that's when it clicked. This thing was REALLY comfortable. I was amazed... and kind of shocked too! Ryan and I made a decision right then and there in that pizza shop: "Screw it! Let's sell some pillows!"
SleepHug Logo

We spent the next year making SleepHugs and selling them hand-to-hand around town. We made several changes to the pillow during this time, until we finally felt like it was perfect. After a year of hustling pillows in our hometown, we drove 10 hours to Pittsburgh and displayed our pillow at INPEX, America's largest trade show for inventions. We were completely blown away by the tremendous reception we received at this show, which culminated in being awarded the Gold Medal of Innovative Excellence. Our pillow was also nominated for "Best Therapeutic Invention" and won first place out of 39 finalists from all over the world!! That's when we knew we could create a business around this product!

SleepHug Gold Medal Inpex 2013

Since then, we've had thousands of satisfied customers who have used our pillow in all different kinds of ways. We've had people with back injuries use our pillow for extra support; we've had college students use our pillow in their dorm room when they study; and we've had people use it as a travel pillow for road trips; the list goes on! Whatever you use it for, we hope you love your SleepHug Pillow!

WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT?

We aren't a big company... just two regular bill-paying guys named Ryan. With that in mind, our commitment to our customers has always come first and that's why we offer all of our customers a 100% money-back guarantee. If you aren't satisfied with your purchase, we will give you a full refund immediately and do our best to fix the situation.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns about SleepHug, we encourage you to get in touch. We love feedback and hearing from customers!  

 

Thank you,

Ryan Mounaime
info@sleephug.com