Sleep Apnea and my Invention
I got my first exposure to how bad my snoring was in 1999 when my partner woke me with a swift jab to the arm. I had been sleeping on my back again... and snoring up a storm; she couldn't sleep. We spent many a night arguing over my snoring. I said that I thought it was a trivial issue, but deep down I knew it was a bigger problem.
Many people know that snoring is harmful to one's health and can impact a relationship, but often treatments are complex, expensive, uncomfortable and lack long term adherence.
In 1999, after severe and loud snoring strained my relationship, I underwent a sleep study at Montreal's Mount Sinai Hospital and was diagnosed with moderate sleep apnea (157 apnea interruptions in 8hrs of sleep). I was given three therapeutic options: purchase a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) Machine, buy a dental appliance, or undergo surgery.
The first two were prohibitively expensive and surgery had low success rates and risked troubling side effects. At that time I did not have health insurance, so I neglected the doctors advice and did nothing...
Three years later I had a better job with health insurance. My snoring and sleep apnea continued to be an issue, so I decided to visit the sleep doctor again. I attended the University of British Columbia's (UBC) Sleep Disorders Clinic, receiving the same diagnosis, and the same three recommendations.
This time I tried both CPAP and later an oral appliance. After investing $5,000 in both therapies and more than a year of uncomfortable sleeps, I was back to square one, snoring (solo) and not getting the rest I needed. Then I heard about 'positional therapy'.... Starting with a tennis ball, a t-shirt and a roll of duct tape, I created the prototype for the Anti-Snore-Shirt which has since evolved into Rematee.com positional sleeping solutions.
We launched our Anti Snore Shirt at the 'West Coast Women's Tradeshow' in September 2007 and have been working hard to design effective & comfortable side sleeping solutions.
Today, over 2,000 sleep centers, sleep-doctors and sleep-dentists regularly use Rematee to treat their patients' apnea.The Anti-Snore Shirt and Bumper Belt provide enough lateral resistance to prevent the snorer from rolling over. The inflatable bumpers are gentle enough that the wearer doesn't awaken. By stopping snoring before it begins, the snorer (and their partner) enjoy a restful sleep.
"My own personal quest towards a snore-free sleep and freedom from the health problems that sleep deprivation can cause, has led me to this point. Snoring has cost me in many ways. As a result of my experience, it is my goal to help other snorers and their partners get better sleep."
Positional therapy works, it's easy to try and often the best option. Before you invest thousands of dollars on expensive therapies, try sleeping on your side. If you notice an improvement you'll know to keep trying.
Rematee with large inflatable bumpers will help hold you on your side all night long. It's easy to deflate for regular washing and for travel.
If you any questions please call or email, we would love to hear from.
Sean Kerklaan, Creator
Favorite Quote: ''Laugh and the world laughs with you, snore and you sleep alone'' - Anthony Burgess