I got my first exposure to how bad my snoring was in 1999 when my partner woke me with a swift jab in 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 thought it was a trivial issue that she should be able to cope with, but deep down I knew it was a bigger problem.
Many people, including doctors, know that snoring is harmful to one's health and relationships, but many treatments are complex, expensive, uncomfortable and in many cases, unsuccessful.
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 episode in 8hrs lasting up to 55 seconds). 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, while doctors conceded that surgery had low success rates and troubling side effects.
At that time I did not have strong health insurance, so I neglected the doctors advice and did nothing.
Three years later I had a much better job and 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 and now single.
I then 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's line of positional sleeping solutions.
We launched our Anti Snore Shirt at the 'West Coast Women's Tradeshow' in September 2007 and have been growing our brand ever since. Today, over 1,700 sleep centers, sleep doctors and dentists regularly use Rematee to treat their patients' apnea.
The Anti-Snore Shirt and Bumper Belt provide enough pressure to prevent the snorer from rolling over, yet they are gentle enough so that the wearer doesn't awaken. By stopping snoring before it begins, the snorer (and their partner) enjoy a restful sleep.
This new anti-snoring product re-educates a snorer to sleep on their side.
"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 passion to help other snorers and their partners. 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. If side sleeping helps, but you're struggling to remain on you your side, Rematee can help. We are here to help, don't be shy, ask your questions."
Sean Kerklaan, Inventor & Owner