A San Diego,
California resident, Ruth Klampert brought forth this product in
the early 1990's. The idea of a Slumbercap literally came to her
one night in a dream.
"I dreamed about a sleep cap that looked like a little girl's
sock with lace on the ankle. I got up during the night and sketched
out this thing and went back to sleep," she says. The next
morning she could barely remember doing it, but there sat a detailed
sketch of what would eventually become a Slumbercap.
Comments from people who enjoy wearing the Slumbercap®:
Slumbercaps were 96 percent cotton and 4 percent Lycra, had one
seam and lace trimming, and were made by Klampert herself, who sewed
several and gave them to cancer patients. Slumbercaps were created
using a pattern designed by Klampert and came in a variety of colors.
They were sized and styled for women.
a small, unscientific marketing survey by bringing a basketful of
her caps - and an accompanying questionnaire - to cancer centers
and doctors' offices in San Diego.
A nurse at one
of the cancer centers suggested she consider making Slumbercaps
for men, too. "This nurse said the men going through chemo
were ripping off the lace and using the caps. So I decided to do
away with the lace then and make a slightly different style for
men, using a cuff."
Today, The USC Norris Cancer Center's auxiliary in Los Angeles, Southwest Regional Cancer Center in Texas, Scripps Cancer Center, City of Hope, MD Anderson, Memorial Sloan Kettering, UCLA and Dana Farber are among the medical
centers that purchase Slumbercaps for cancer patients.