The founder of Sammi Pillows, Allen Weng, was suffering from many sleep related medical issues. Refusing to give into a bad night of sleep, Allen was determined to find a solution to improve his sleep and in the process better his health. This is a look into the first development of Sammi Pillow and the preliminary design process of our product.
Cross-Section Air Passage
This drawing shows how air should move freely through a sleeper’s nose and mouth while sleeping. Everyone anatomy is different. However, generally, if while sleeping the tongue, upper throat, soft palate, tonsils and/or adenoidal tissue vibrate against each other, snoring will result. If there is a blocked nasal passage or airway due to compression of the neck, snoring also will result. These are common ways in which snoring occurs.
Side View Neck Position on Back
This drawing shows the side view of a sleeper lying in the supine position, i.e., sleeping on the back. Notice the curvature of the cervical spine as part of the neck. This is the natural curvature that enables the air passage to open without obstruction. If the pillow can support the cervical spine in a way that promotes this curvature, it will lessen the chance of snoring. That’s because in this position the nasal passage or airway is less likely to be obstructed.
Two Side Views Position on Side
This drawing shows a view from the side and a view from the top of the head with the sleeper sleeping on her side, this time with a pillow under the head and neck to show that the pillow should allow the head to sink down while supporting the cervical neck and spine. Notice that the height of the shoulder creates a greater distance from the side of the head to the base of the pillow sitting on the mattress. The pillow needs to compensate for this change in height and this is the active resistance dynamics of the Sammi Sleeping System Pillow that is working to keep the head, neck and shoulders in ratio with each other to keep the spine properly aligned. Unfortunately, this active resistance dynamics is missing from virtually all other pillows because the pressure exerted by these pillows are all the same. The result is that they fail to provide adequate support for the neck.
Side View on Back
This drawing shows a view from the side of a sleeper on her back, or in the supine position. It shows her head, neck and shoulders on a pillow that is providing active resistance to maintain a ratio of 2.5:1:1.2 to properly maintain the cervical spine in a naturally curved position. This alignment will aid in the air passage to remain open while sleeping and reduce or eliminate pressure that causes neck pain and poor posture.
Inside Walls and Compartments
These two drawings show the structure of the SAMMI Sleeping System Pillow consisting of the Primary Pillow and the Neck Liner. The top drawing shows the inner structure of the Primary Pillow and the outside of the Neck Liner. The drawing below shows the inner structure of the Primary Pillow and the Neck Liner, with the latter showing three compartments. Each of these components have multiple zippered openings to access the walls and compartments. With the openings unzippered, buckwheat hulls are scooped into the opening to fill the compartments. The walls hold the buckwheat hulls in place in each compartment and the 3-D structure of the hulls interlock with each other to fortify the support for the neck. Other pillows without any structure do not provide the necessary support of the cervical neck regardless of the filling, including memory foam.
Pillow Dimensions and Pattern
This drawing shows the various dimensions of Large size SAMMI Sleeping System Pillow. Notable is that the dimensions reveal that this Pillow is NOT rectangular. It actually is a 3-D, curved shaped pillow that is symmetrical and mimics an hour-glass. It resembles a rectangle but is mostly convexed. Even its sides do not have a uniform length and width. The pattern of this Pillow mimics the convex curves of the human body. Part of the reason for these different dimensions is for allowing the head and neck to be more elevated when side sleeping due to their increased distances from the mattress as a result of lying on a shoulder. Other pillows do not have this unique feature.
Pillow Roll Isometric Views
These drawings show that the pillow roll, or neck liner, is not just a cylindrically shaped pillow. It has different dimensions that provide support for the cervical neck. This neck liner is either inserted inside the primary pillow or comes attached to the primary pillow and positioned directly under the cervical neck. As depicted, it shows three compartments, each with a dedicated elongated flap that is unfolded to gain access and folded, tucked, and zippered for closure. When opened the compartments are filled with buckwheat hulls to a level to provide the necessary support. The sleeper might need to add or take out the hulls to adjust the proper level for comfort and support. This neck liner when properly supporting the cervical neck sleeping on the side or in the supine position will enhance the natural curvature of the cervical spine and help to keep the nasal passage or airway of the sleeper open, which will reduce the chance for snoring.
Pillowcase Side Views
These drawings show the side views of the SAMMI Sleeping System Pillow with pockets on each side. Each pocket is used to hold an aromatherapy sachet inside. These side pockets are ideally located away from the head of the sleeper, whether sleeping in the side or supine position. The pockets are made of the same 100% linen fabric used for the pillowcase and allow the aroma to percolate through the fabric. First time users of aromatherapy for sleeping might want to try using only one sachet containing a specific plant material to determine if the particular aromatherapy aids them to relax, reduce stress or otherwise improve well-being. Uses for aromatherapy include easing of pain and anxiety, enhancement of energy, and short-term memory.
These series of drawings depict the primary pillow of the SAMMI Sleeping System Pillow with the “donut hole” center for resting the head during supine sleeping and the five compartments in addition to the donut hole to hold buckwheat hulls. Significant are the four compartments, two at each end of this primary pillow, which are filled higher than the compartment surrounding the donut hole and the donut hole itself. These four compartments are used for side sleeping and elevate the head and neck to align the neck in a straight, uncompressed position. The drawing on the upper left depicts the twin foam pads that are inserted over the primary pillow just under the centrally located zipper of the pillowcase. The twin pads are used for added stability when the entire pillow is flipped around for use on the other side. The primary pillow and twin pads are constructed of 100% cotton. In addition to the primary pillow and the twin pads is the neck liner, which is described above in Drawing 7, Pillow Roll Isometric Views.
Front View Pillowcase
This drawing depicts the front and side views of the pillowcase for the SAMMI Sleeping System Pillow. This is for the Prestige model, which pillowcase is constructed of 100% linen and quilted with a distinctive design that mimics Chinese coins or money. Gold thread is used for the quilting and a wide ribbon with an embroidered “SAMMI” branding and a red Fu symbol, meaning fortune or good luck, are used. This pillowcase has rope cording around and both sides contain an aromatherapy pocket with additional embroidery and the red Fu. Note that the pillowcase is concave where the shoulders touch the pillow while sleeping in the supine position. This achieves the optimum 2.5:1:1.2 ratio among the head, neck, and shoulders for active resistance sleeping to maintain the natural curvature of the spine when sleeping on the back.
Back View Pillow with Zipper
This drawing shows the reverse and side views of the pillowcase for the Prestige model of the SAMMI Sleeping System Pillow. The reverse side repeats the distinctive design of the front side, which is quilted in gold thread and is stitched to mimic Chinese coins or money. A zipper centered down the middle is used to gain access to the primary pillow, the neck liner, and secondary pillow or twin pads inside. This pillowcase has rope cording around and both sides contain an aromatherapy pocket with additional embroidery and a red Fu, meaning fortune or good luck.
Corner Pocket Sachets
This drawing shows four pockets located on the corners of the front of the pillowcase for a SAMMI Sleeping System Pillow. These pockets are for a prototype model. Inserted into each pocket would be an aromatherapy sachet. The pockets are made of the same 100% linen fabric used for the pillowcase and allow the aroma to percolate through the fabric. First time users of aromatherapy for sleeping might want to try using only one sachet containing a specific plant material to determine if the particular aromatherapy aids them to relax, reduce stress or otherwise improve well-being. Uses for aromatherapy include easing of pain and anxiety, enhancement of energy, and short-term memory,
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