Sarah Riccio from Sleepopolis

Meet the Team: Sarah Riccio, Staff Writer at

Dubbed by her fans as “the most thorough pillow reviewer on the Internet,” Sarah Riccio is a bonafide bedding expert. Beyond helping you pick the perfect pillow, Sarah reports on a wide variety of industry news including sleep coaching, how to snooze comfortably in an airport, and everything in between.

Sarah writes detailed descriptions of every sleep accessory that comes to Sleepopolis HQ, and she films the products she tests so that viewers can get an inside look at the goods! Sarah studied Creative Writing at Brooklyn College and, in addition to writing for Sleepopolis, she writes and performs personal essays at venues all over the New York City.

Sarah is from a small town in Upstate New York, but she left the farm to live in New York City. She spends her free time cooking, drawing, and exploring the scariest documentaries Netflix has to offer.

Name: Sarah Riccio
Home Town: Amsterdam, New York
Current City: New York, New York
Secret Talent: I can make realistic portraits out of salt & pepper.
Favorite Travel Destination: Wherever the water is blue, and the sand is white.

Tell us a little about what you do at JAKK Media!

I’m a woman of many hats here at Sleepopolis. I report on industry news so that our readers can stay up to date on all the latest goings-on within the wide world of sleep. I also test new pillows, sheet sets, sleep trackers, and other bedding accessories every week before writing and filming my review of each product.

What’s a favorite project so far?

My favorite project so far has been curating a round-up of the best pillows specifically for side-sleepers. Before joining the Sleepopolis team, I didn’t pay as much attention to which pillows are most compatible with which sleep styles — but now I know all about the importance of healthy spine alignment. Not to mention, most folks sleep in the lateral position, so I really enjoyed being able to hand-pick the pillows that are going to offer the best support for all those side-sleepers out there.

What is something you think will change about digital content in the next five years?

I think social media platforms and YouTube will continue to expand, and folks will come to rely more upon video content for their news. Don’t get me wrong — I know a lot of people who love to read. However, I think this age of all-things-digital is only on the rise (and shows no signs of slowing down).

Are there any skills you want to learn or develop more at JAKK?

I feel like I’m always learning here at JAKK, but I’d love to develop more uniquely creative video content (and even get a little more savvy about what’s going on behind the camera!).

All of JAKK’s sites feature collaborative teams. What’s something impactful you’ve learned from another person at JAKK Media?

Cody Gohl, our Sleepopolis site editor, has really helped me fine-tune my skills as a journalist. Blending unbiased reporting with a creative “touch of whimsy” is not always an easy feat, but Cody’s guidance has definitely taken my writing to the next level.

Favorite spot to eat in NYC/Austin?

Aside from my own kitchen, I love to eat at Tanoshi in Lenox Hill — the sushi is outstanding!

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