From 2012-2014, Laika lived on the second floor of a crumbling red house near the wharf in Santa Cruz. The house had been a brothel in the 1800’s, which was clear from the layout—a series of small, separated rooms off of a narrow hallway. Laika began calling the house The No Sleep Hotel and writing people letters from the perspective of an elevator operator who lived in an elaborate fictional version of the hotel. In 2014, Laika moved into another home, decided it was time for a change of pace, and Sleep City was born. From there, they began building out a cardboard installation in their bedroom and sending people letters from places like the Lucid Dream Department and the Order of the Good Rest. Laika is currently in the process of writing an immersive theater piece based on the story of Sleep City.