How the Dreamhelmet Sleep Mask Became a Notice Board to Solve an Air Travel Dilemma
The Dreamhelmet sound-blocking sleep mask pillow is so effective that some air passengers sleep through meals and snacks. Stick-on ‘HiSigns’ have now been invented to solve the problem.
Los Angeles, California (PRWEB) August 28, 2013
Buckling up in your airplane seat after running to make your flight, you would like to unwind and maybe get some sleep – but you’re also hungry and don’t want to miss the meals, food and drinks. What to do?! This conflict is described in a review of the Dreamhelmet, by KC Summers, a travel writer for the Washington Post Newspaper:
“…the Dreamhelmet (not available in stores) does a creditable job blocking light and sound – kind of a sensory deprivation tank for your whole head. It comes with complimentary earplugs for even more soundproofing. (There are two secret pockets strategically located near your ears so you can insert an alarm watch if you’re worried about really conking out.)
While perhaps not ideal for claustrophobes, the Dreamhelmet is oddly comfortable – I felt as if I were in utero from the neck up. The felt lining was soft against my skin … very soft …
Annoyingly, my seatmate was nudging me. “We’re landing in 10 minutes.”
I fumbled with my chin strap, blinking like a mole in the morning light. “Jeez. Aren’t they even serving breakfast?”
“We already had it. Your thing worked!”
Results: The Dreamhelmet, goofy as it looks, is worth its weight in psychotropic drugs. I arrived in London relaxed and rested, having had four hours’ uninterrupted sleep – a first for me on a transatlantic flight. And once there, I was able to hit the ground running because I had no jet lag to contend with – another first….”
Winging your way overnight to the Land of Shakespeare; to sleep – perchance to dream – while the flight attendant offering a meal, snack, or free drink passes you by?! A problem no longer! Air travelers can now both eat their cake – and have their sleep too.
Beginning in August, 2013, purchasers of the Dreamhelmet (and the new Nap Star Transformer) began receiving free stick-on notes for the pillow part of their sleep aids – including a literal “Do Not Disturb” sign. Dreamcloud Productions has dubbed these notices ‘HiSigns’. Two other notices tell the flight attendants to wake you for meals or snacks. The labels are color-coded with internationally understood red and green graphics, depending on whether the message is to wake or let sleep.
Now air travelers can sleep whenever they want, knowing they won’t miss out on something good. Alternately, they can also go to sleep, unconcerned about being prodded awake to deal with pretzels and sodas – when all they really want is some shuteye. The current stickers send three explicit messages: ‘WILL WAKE FOR FOOD’, ‘PLEASE WAKE ME FOR ALL REFRESHMENTS’, and ‘PLEASE DO NOT DISTURB’.
In 1998, travel writer Jim de Cordova invented the first adjustable sleep mask attached to sound blocking, patterned after what he saw in a lucid dream (a pillow wrapped around his head attached to a sleep mask). He patented the invention and called it the Dreamhelmet. It has since become a popular multi-use sleep aid for both home and travel use. Dreamcloud Productions is the company he formed to produce and market his sleep aids.
The Dreamhelmet became an overnight media hit, besides being featured in the Sunday Travel Section of The Washington Post, it has gotten more independent media reviews than any other sleep aid. It has appeared several times on national television, including The Howie Mandel Show, TruTV, and Good Morning America. It is sold only via the Internet, in eight different fabrics.
De Cordova has kept improving the Dreamhelmet; one of the two ‘HiPockets’ was expanded to hide passports, cell phones, and alarm watches (for a private wake-up call). The Dreamhelmet can be used with the sleep mask tucked away – just wearing the pillow like earmuffs – to read or watch TV. More light and sound blocking material has been added, and new fabrics explored. His latest sleep mask creation is a slimmed-down version called the Nap Star ‘Transformer’.
The Dreamhelmet and the new Nap Star share the most important sleep mask pillow features. Both replace the usual straps and fasteners around the head with a cotton-lined pillow that contains sound-blocking foam. These pillows can be used independently as actual small pillows for sleeping or back support. The sleep aids are made without chemicals, dyes, glues, or plastics (except Velcro); 100% cotton fabric touches the face. Both have a chin strap, which keeps the mask in place (uncomfortable straps and fasteners, and masks slipping off the eyes are common complaints with most ordinary sleep masks). The Dreamhelmet and the Nap Star are the only sleep masks that offer this patented pillow/chin strap comfort solution.
Dreamcloud Productions Says New Sound-Reducing Sleep Mask May Be World’s Best Sleep Aid
The inventor of the Dreamhelmet, the first sound blocking sleep mask combination, has designed a new, improved, version called the Nap Star Transformer. He bets on it to become the world’s most popular non-drug sleep aid, because it solves most of the problems of old sleep masks – and the price is right!.
“You get a good sleep mask and a lot more – for just the price of a good sleep mask”.
Los Angeles, California, (PRWEB) December 13, 2012
In 1998, travel writer Jim de Cordova invented the first adjustable sleep mask attached to sound blocking, patterned after what he saw in a lucid dream (a pillow wrapped around his head attached to a sleep mask). The invention, patented in 2000 and named the Dreamhelmet, has since become a popular multipurpose sleep tool.
The Dreamhelmet was an overnight media hit. It was introduced on the first Howie Mandel Show of 1999, and The Washington Post Newspaper did a review of the Dreamhelmet in their Sunday Travel Section on June 11, 2000, generating an avalanche of sales for the new sleep phenomenon. Since then, the Dreamhelmet has been featured in more independent media reviews than any other sleep aid, and has appeared many times on national television, including Good Morning America. It is sold directly to the public, via Internet, in eight different styles.
De Cordova has gradually improved the Dreamhelmet, enlarging the patented ‘HiPockets’ to hide passports, cell phones, and alarm watches for a private wake-up call. He made it possible to wear the Dreamhelmet with the sleep mask tucked away, just using the pillow, to read, or watch TV, etc. He also added more light and sound blocking material, and experimented with new fabrics.
In spite of the many improvements, de Cordova was still unhappy with the fact that some customers saw the Dreamhelmet as either being too large, or not blocking enough sound – or both. He found that designing a single-piece, one–size–fits–all item that satisfies everyone was a challenge. The multiple uses he had packed into the Dreamhelmet were hard to fit into a ‘thirty second elevator speech’, before potential customers’ eyes began to glaze over. He decided to develop a simpler sleep mask for mass sales – one more concentrated on just sleep basics, using the lessons learned with the Dreamhelmet.
Thus was born the Nap Star Transformer. De Cordova dropped the single piece design in favor of a ‘three easy pieces’ format, letting the user easily mix and match the mask parts they want to use at the moment. For example, the Nap Star can be worn as a simple sleep mask without the pillow, or the pillow minus the mask. Using all pieces, Nap Star transforms to the ideal sleep combo – blocking light, pillowing the head, muffling sound, and staying in place, all totally adjustable.
Nap Star and the Dreamhelmet still share many features. Both are hand-sewn and contain sound-blocking material, and both convert to pillows that can be used alone for sleeping or back support. They are also hypoallergenic and non-irritating, with 100% cotton fabric touching the face. They have no straps or connections around the head to tangle in hair or cause annoying lumps. Both have a chin strap, which keeps the mask on the face of the user. Sleep masks slipping off the face at night have been a common complaint with users. De Cordova’s patented products are the only sleep masks in the world with a chin strap to solve this problem.
The Nap Star, however, has no secret pockets, nor does it convert to a muff. But these are non-sleep extra features which many customers do not need or use for sleeping at home, and eliminating them brought production costs down significantly. The resulting Nap Star is hence more esthetic and streamlined. The Nap Star still does plenty of transforming, but because of its simplified design, at $19.95, it sells for 1/3 less than the Dreamhelmet. Says de Cordova, “You get a good sleep mask and a lot more – for just the price of a good sleep mask”.
The Nap Star was recently presented to the public on a trial basis on both eBay and Amazon websites, and most buyers seem enthusiastic about the new sleep mask concept.
The economical Nap Star Transformer, with its versatility, and all pieces, including expanding foam earplugs, inside a string tie carrying bag, makes a durable sleep kit anyone can use. It is also compatible to use with most nose-pillow CPAP sleep apnea masks. The Nap Star and Dreamhelmet are manufactured in the Los Angeles Area by de Cordova’s local company:
PO Box 5650
Santa Monica, CA 90409.
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Both the Nap Star and the Dreamhelmet can be seen online at http://www.dreamhelmet.com. The Nap Star is sold on eBay, Amazon, and its own website: http://www.napstar.us. The introductory price is $19.95.
Dreamhelmet Video Shoot Goes Wild – Shocks Customers
Dreamhelmet sleep mask inventor, Jim de Cordova, recently commissioned a young Hollywood comedy duo, Emmett Short and Jayson Rahmlow (AWDE Films) to make a video promoting his patented sleep mask sound blocking pillow. Part of the contract was that they had free rein to use some of their own creative ideas. Unfortunately, they went a bit overboard and produced a wacky video that left both de Cordova as well as some viewers gasping and, instead of buying a Dreamhelmet, they sent complaints to the company that the video was ‘offensive’.
De Cordova responded by attaching the following warning label to all new communications linking to the video:
*Note: Warning! Video contains graphic images, material, and language not suitable for children and which may offend sensitive adults. If you are in one of these 2 groups please delete this message and do not watch.
The original purpose of the video was to illustrate the Dreamhelmet’s ability to help people sleep in any situation, due to its patented system of triple sensory input suppression. The Dreamhelmet is a combination sleep mask and sound-muffling pillow, which has been written about in more publications than any other sleep aid. These include the Sunday Travel Section of The Washington Post and three articles in Arthur Frommer’s Budget Travel Magazine. Dreamhelmet has also been featured several times on television, including The Howie Mandel Show, Good Morning America, and a fun parody on TruTV.
The latest improvement to the Dreamhelmet is the expansion of its patented secret HiPockets to provide a place to carry passports and I-Phones. These let a user keep money, valuables, and passport safe and close while asleep in any location. They also allow the user set an electronic device for a personal wake-up call.
The Dreamhelmet is sold only online (Amazon and Dreamhelmet websites) and costs $29.95 plus shipping. The direct 24 hour order number is (888) 918-5630. Websites are: www.dreamhelmet.com and www.sleepmaskpillow.com. This is the video link:
Please be advised of the warning for sensitive viewers posted above.
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