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Hello, this is Richard Jacobs with the Good Nights Sleep Project Podcast, I interview sleep professionals people in the sleep world, people that have had problems sleeping, such as myself and others and the goal here is to help you, the listener, to get a good night's sleep, whatever you consider that to be as many nights of the week as possible. If that’s seven nights a week, wonderful. If you're stuck at two nights and we can somehow with this information and the AI Custom Tailored Pillow gets you to three nights, four nights, five nights, that's a win in itself. So that's the whole point of this podcast and this podcast has given me more of a personal story than just an interview. So I want to give you a little bit of background on what led me to create the custom-tailored pillow.
So I'm in my forties, heavy. I've been overweight for a long time. Most of my life had sleep problems for quite a long time. I remember when I was younger, my dad would snore and then stop breathing and then gasp for air. I didn't know what was going on at the time, but now I know that it's sleep apnea and my dad's still around, thankfully, and I spoke to him actually recently and he said that he still has sleep apnea and I'd try to give him some suggestions on how to help himself, but he didn't really want to listen. I did end up making him a custom-tailored pillow, which seems to be helping him, which is great, but I wish I could take it further and really get him all the way there.
Whether that's through c-pap or whatever it may be. But you know, I've dealt with my own sleep problems, like I said, for many years there’ times when I went to bed and I ate too close to the bed and a few times I just about threw up in my sleep. I just went to bed right after eating or close to eating and I ate bad food and that was pretty scary. I could have died my sleep from that. I've had alcohol and gone to sleep and had terrible sleep from that. I've had a stuffy nose sometimes for months at a time and it would make me wake up three, four, five, 10, 20 times a night. Sometimes I think even 50 times a night. On the real bad nights, I've had dry mouth.
I know that on my back I've had apnea. So I sleep on my side. I may still have it to some small degree, but I think I've mastered it. I'm feeling pretty good now when I sleep, but it takes a lot. It takes a lot to sleep. And I've had a lot of problems. I've had neck pain, shoulder pain, back pain again, waking up multiple times. I've had many problems, not everyone you can imagine.
So I'm an entrepreneur and last year I was talking to my wife and she knows I get bored sometimes with things and I was looking for a new project to work on and I'm very interested in the health field and I was complaining to her about my pillow, not the company, but my pillow literally the pillow I was using.
It was flattening out and I said I'm sick of this freaking pillow, they need to make a custom pillow that's measured to the actual width of your shoulders and to how your head sits on your body if you're a back sleeper, etc., and I said someone needs to do that. She said well why don't you go do that? And I said what? I will.
That's how the Goodnights sleep project was born. It was just born out of this personal frustration. So I hope that is of interest to you. I want to take you a little bit further on the journey. What I did is once I decided I wanted to do this, as I started thinking about how do people choose pillows right now? And I realized from trying it myself as you maybe you go on Amazon and you looked for a pillow when they have king and Queen and firm and soft and extra-large and all that but you're still just guessing.
I don't know if this pillow is going to fit me and I've gone through that process. I bought a whole bunch of pillows on Amazon from different companies and some fit, some didn't, some fit for a little while and then collapsed. But there was no answer there. Then I went to like target, bed, bath and beyond and I felt some of these pillows, I squished them.
I even was able to lay down on one for a few seconds in one place and it seemed okay in the store or I thought it would be okay. But then when I got home they either collapsed pretty quickly or they just didn't work and I've tried stuffing two pillows under me, crunching the pillow. I mean everything you can think of getting new mattresses even never found anything that consistently worked for a while. When I came up with this custom-tailored pillow and we dialed in, how to get the measurements and how to make sure it's fit to people and how do people actually sleep when they lay on their side or on their back where are their arms, where are their legs and their head. What happens when you lay in the bed and your muscles relax, does your face go here, your head goes back, do you roll forward, etc.
Finally figured out what's going on here and I've had pictures taken of several hundred volunteers sleeping or laying there and relaxing and I've studied this and have studied what's going on and I figured out now I'm pretty confident that I've figured out how to help people that have sleeping problems. Again, not a hundred percent solution, not a cure, but definitely a significant improvement.
That's what we're hearing from customers their neck pains being reduced, their shoulder pain, and their back pain. Even some, strangely with arthritis, it's getting a bit better. I don't know how but it is.
People are waking up fewer times during the night. People are laying on the pillow and saying it's comfortable and they're falling asleep faster. After a month's time, a lot of them are saying they're sleeping deeper or again, they're waking up fewer times, they're waking up more refreshed, they're having less headaches things like that. Some of them had neck spasms that have gone away. So not every single person being totally honest, but 98% of people, I would say are really happy with the pillow and getting some great results that make me really happy. So we're rolling it out, we're getting it sold more and more. And we want to increase distribution worldwide because everyone's a human.
Everyone has a head, neck and shoulders and things like that and can have sleep issues. So that's the whole point of the effort. And that's a little bit of background on what led to it and I encourage your questions, your comments let me know what it is that you need to know and I'm here to listen and help out and give feedback.
If you choose to buy a pillow, you can go to https://www.goodnightssleepproject.com/. Sometimes we have promos and different things like that, and you can get a custom-tailored pillow to your exact measurements. We've got about four different patterns that are depending on this. The technology is working, so I encourage you to check it out. Again, ask questions and interact. Thank you.