Hello Sleepy SlothsMy name is Angel, and I am the founder of Sleepy Sloth Bakery. I started this business after being diagnosed with idiopathic hypersomnia while on active duty in the Army. Idiopathic hypersomnia is a chronic neurological sleep disorder that causes excessive daytime sleepiness even after a good night's sleep, and naps are not refreshing. Every doctor informed me that finding a job would be close to impossible with this disorder. Who would hire someone who needed to sleep every few hours? Of course, this made me sad and confused about making a living. After thinking about my situation every day and speaking with others with the same disorder, I decided to find a company that fit my needs. A place that would not punish me for being sleepy or needing a break. Somewhere that did not get upset that I was late or could not get out of bed. A company that believed in their employees and understood their needs. I found no such company until my husband, family, and friends suggested I work for myself.
The idea of working for myself scared me. What will I do? What can I sell? I thought about how I loved being in the kitchen. I always wanted to be beside my Granny while she made bunny cakes for Easter or do whatever I could to help my Grandmother while she cooked Sunday dinner. I enrolled in a food occupation class for an elective during ninth and tenth grade, and I thought baking was the most amazing thing in the world. But I never thought of baking as more than just a hobby; I would bake for all of my friends. This hobby continued when I joined the Army as a medic. I would bake desserts for my fellow battle buddies for different occasions, birthdays, going away parties, even just because cakes. With every dessert, someone would say, "you need to open a bakery."