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In Bed With: The Sleeping Duck Team

Before you jump into bed with us (or maybe you already have, in which case ‒ thankyou, you won’t regret it!) get to know more about who we are when we’re wide awake and fast asleep.

Selvam, Co-founderSelv-sml
(and self-confessed sleep-talker)

The detail-oriented one of the pair, Selvam oversees Sleeping Duck’s finance and operations to keep everything running smoothly, and remains calm even when it’s not. Along with Winston, he’s a qualified engineer and is dedicated to creating the most comfortable mattress ever. He deserves a well-earned nap.

Your strangest sleep habit?
I sleep talk apparently. A few people have mentioned it when I've shared accommodation with them whilst travelling.

The most uncomfortable place you’ve had to sleep?
On a bus in Cambodia travelling between Siam Reap and Phnom Penh. I didn’t really sleep though – the endless bumps in the road made it almost impossible.

The first thing you do when you wake up?
Hit the snooze button and try to sneak in another 15 minutes of sleep.

What you do when you can’t fall sleep?
Count sheep – if that doesn't work then I switch over to counting ducks instead.

Winston, Co-founder
(and occasional snorer)

winston-teamblogAs Sleeping Duck’s other co-founder, Winston focuses on strategy and growth as well as product development and dreams of making Sleeping Duck a household name. Earlier this year, Winston flew the coop to London where he now heads up the company’s UK operations.

What usually keeps you up past your bedtime?
Work. Or watching anime. It’s usually one or the other.

What have you missed because you’ve slept in?
I once missed a friend’s wedding ceremony. It had just switched over to daylight savings and it threw me off. I made it to the reception and acted like I’d been there the whole time.

The longest you’ve gone without sleep?
I had to stay up for 36 hours once to build a robot for a uni project.

The last thing you do before you go to bed?
Brush my teeth.

The first thing you do when you wake up?
Brush my teeth. I have really solid teeth.

Des, Customer Service Manager
(and really light sleeper)
Having recently moved to Melbourne after working in London for 10 years, Des is committed to ensuring Sleeping Duck’s customers are 100% happy in the bedroom. He often shares a bed with his dog, Tofu.

Your weirdest sleep habit?
Probably the strange dreams I always have. Last night I dreamed that I was in a cooking exam and Julia Roberts came into the class to wish me luck.

What usually keeps you up at night?
I’m a very light sleeper so usually the faintest noise such as a dripping tap can keep me awake. Like tap…tap…tap…and then I start waiting for the next tap. This makes me sound a bit mad, sorry.

The strangest thing you’ve woken up to?
I once fell asleep on a beautiful beach in Cuba, but things became a bit awkward when soldiers woke me up and asked what I was doing.

Something important you’ve missed because you’ve slept in?
Wow! Loads of things. I’ve been late to a few job interviews, missed a few days at work. The worst was oversleeping and almost missing a final exam at uni ‒ I had to sneak in and apologise (a lot).

The longest you’ve gone without sleep?
I stayed up for two nights straight when I worked at an investment bank in London. There was an emergency and I had to stay at work and look after everything until it all calmed down.

Phaon, Project Manager
(and first to fall asleep)
Whether it’s launching Sleeping Duck’s first showroom or generating new business, Phaon wears many hats. Speaking of hats, he’s also known for falling asleep at the drop of one.

The first thing you do when you wake up?
Roll over and check Facebook and emails on my phone ‒ I should really stop doing this. I used to meditate for 10 minutes every morning!

What usually keeps you up at night?
I live on a busy street so the trucks that drive past my house.

The worst sleep you’ve ever had?
In the middle of European winter, sitting upright against the wall on a train platform in Derby with $10,000 cash stuffed down my pants.

The longest you’ve gone without sleep?
I pulled an all-nighter studying for a law exam before going straight into the exam the next day (never doing that again).

What do you do when you can’t sleep?
I can always sleep. I’m known for falling asleep in lectures, on buses, in cars, on the couch ‒ at will.