The Sleepout Post: Jaspr Air winner, a new giveaway for Mother's Day, and — it's a date!

Giveaways, a Kickstarter update, and some textbook learnings from research on sleep (pun intended). Read on for more.

Another update beaming your way from Hannah and Mark, your friends at Sleepout! (If you’re new to this newsletter, we make portable blackout curtains for total darkness anywhere. We go live on Kickstarter in June).

What are we covering today?

  • Our Kickstarter date!

  • Announcing our giveaway winner for a $2000 HEPA Air Purifier by Jaspr Air

  • Our next giveaway, perfect for Mother’s Day 🌷

  • Sleep science: sleep & performance, insufficient sleep by age, and insights from experts and Sleep and Health (an academic textbook covering sleep and health)


Sleepout update - a Kickstarter date

We’ve got it! Our go-live date is June 8th, just in time for the sunny summer months. 🌞 Next up for us is shooting our Kickstarter video and finishing our entire campaign page. Big goals for this one.

We also updated our site branding over at trysleepout.com with the design help of one of our founder friends. Would love if you took a look. Do you like it?

Check out the new branding


Congratulations to James Rhodes, our lucky winner of a new $2000 HEPA Air Purifier from Jaspr Air! 🌲🌬

This is a great time to own an air purifier, and Jaspr’s got the best of the best - we had a total of 3174 entrants and 21440 entries in our giveaway.

Because we saw such huge demand, we wanted to give everyone something to celebrate.

From now until May 8th, use the code “SleepOut” at checkout to save 40% on a Jaspr air purifier. (Don’t tell anyone, but that’s a Black Friday level discount). There are 20 of these codes available and it will expire afterwards, so head on over to Jaspr Air to take one of these home for yourself.


Our next giveaway: perfect for Mother’s Day 💝 😴

We're building up to Kickstarter and this time we’ve partnered with Lusomé to give away an iconic Donna set of luxury nightwear.

Turns out 80% of women will suffer from prolonged night sweats at some point in their lives, whether from postpartum, menopause, thyroid issues or cancer treatments, or more.

Lusomé's innovative and exclusive Xirotex™ fabrics have been proven in lab tests and beloved by women throughout the world to effectively manage moisture and deliver a great night's sleep - one that’s cool, dry, and sooo comfortable. ✨

Feel beautiful and comfortable this Mother’s Day with Lusomé’s beauty wrapped in science. Want to enter? Use the button below or click here.

Enter the giveaway


Would you take an all-natural supplement if it guaranteed a boost to physical and mental performance?

Why not just… sleep on it.

If I told you there was some thing that could improve your memory, help you think faster, solve problems more creatively, increase your sex drive, help you lose weight, and make you get along better with other people, would you want it? How about if this thing was proven to increase your life span and decrease the risk of heart disease?

Sleep really is that thing. But modern perceptions about the power of sleep don’t quite match up to reality. (One of those rare cases where reality = better than expectation 😉)

Diagram from Sleep and Health, an academic textbook on the impacts of sleep on health at individual, community, and population levels illustrating beliefs about impacts from insufficient sleep.

The above diagram shows how people think about missing sleep. Scientifically, lack of sleep has been proven to cause every single effect in this diagram, but modern perceptions differ from reality. While most people know that sleep loss means tiredness, few are aware that it also leads to weight gain, performance loss, and other health issues.

Lack of sleep is a population-wide issue, especially for working people.

The below diagram, from the same textbook, illustrates the percentage of people by age who do not get enough sleep. No coincidence that it’s working-age people who are sleep deprived. our always-on work culture is a major contributor to lack of sleep. It’s a massive disservice to yourself, your employer, and the economy at large not to be sleeping enough.

Another diagram from Sleep and Health. Insufficient sleep is most common during the period of your life when you are working — after retirement, a significant percentage of the population starts sleeping more.

We get insufficient sleep at a population level, and that has serious and negative effects on our work, life, and everything in between.

The takeaway here is twofold: yes, sleep more!; and understand that the scientific community views the common expectation that it’s “normal” to sacrifice sleep for work as a problem.

Want to learn more? We’re hosting a free session with Dr. Michael Grandner (editor of the Sleep and Health textbook) tonight at 7:30pm EST.


Thanks for reading, everyone!

As always, we appreciate your support and would love to know what you think. If you have anyone who might be interested in what we’re doing, we’d love your help spreading the word.

Our next few updates might come with a bit more frequency - we’ll write on building up to the Kickstarter and are pulling out all the stops between now and launch day. 🚀

Until the next one,
Mark & Hannah