Do you have problems falling asleep at night? You are not alone. About 30% of Singaporeans suffer from insomnia at some point in their lives.  And one in 10 Singaporeans have symptoms severe enough to affect daytime function.

These symptoms include mental effects like daytime sleepiness, impaired ability to concentrate at work or school, irritability, mood swings, and even depression.

So it’s not just sleep you are missing, if you have insomnia.

It’s Life. You’re missing out on life.

Insomnia is a common disorder characterised by trouble falling asleep, maintaining sleep or waking up too early. Someone with insomnia will often take 30 minutes or more to fall asleep, have less than six hours of sleep a night or wake more than three times at night in a week.

It can be quite dangerous, too – impaired alertness and vigilance from prolonged insomnia are leading causes of injuries sustained at work, whilst operating machinery, and traffic accidents.

Sleep deprivation can also affect the way you look, as well. Everyone knows the telltale signs of sleep deprivation – eye bags. Weight gain is definitely linked to insomnia too, and hormone imbalances caused by insomnia can cause skin conditions like acne or eczema to flare up.

Over time, there are other physical health consequences as well. These include increased risk of heart disease, tendency to develop diabetes, depression, and ultimately a shorter lifespan.

In children and adolescents, lack of sleep not only affects their grades, but impairs normal growth, slows development, and leads to behavioural disturbances and mood disorders like depression.

How To Change Your Life – Get A Better Pillow!

There are many causes of insomnia, not all of them physical. A short list includes:

  • Jet lag
  • Stress, depression and anxiety
  • Stimulants like nicotine and caffeine
  • Medical conditions with chronic pain, difficulty breathing or frequent urination like arthritis, cancer, lung disease and prostate enlargement
  • Menopausal symptoms such as hot flushes and night sweating

Apart from stopping all the stimulants described above before bedtime, and maybe saying your bedtime prayers (if you are so inclined), you should ensure that you have adequately prepared your body and mind for sleep. In fact, I think that’s one of the reasons why pajamas were invented!

Dressing for the occasion aside, there’s also the matter of what you sleep on.

It may not surprise you that many people sleep on pillows that are just wrong for their bodies. Like Goldilocks, their pillows and mattresses are either too firm or too soft, too big or too small, too wide or too narrow, too deep or too shallow.

You have probably spent quite a bit of time trying out new pillows, as well. However, most bed pillows available for sale are made in pre-determined sizes, and tend to lose their shape after a few months.

But what if you can get the best bed pillow in the world, one that, in the words of Goldilocks, is “just right”? Just right for your body, that is?

The Best Pillow You Can Buy

Pillow Made To MeasureTM is that dream pillow.

It is described by Dr. Andrew Macfarlane, an Australian osteopath and chiropractor, as the World’S ONLY truly customised contour pillow.

Each pillow is designed hand-made for the person who ordered it.  This is why it is also the only pillow in the world which requires you to be measured before you are allowed to buy one.

A sleep pillow that has the wrong support for your weight and height stresses your neck and shoulder muscles while you are trying to fall asleep. To relieve the pressure, you end up tossing and turning, which causes insomnia and frequent waking through the night.

Needless to say, a pillow design made just for you will help you get to sleep faster, and feel more refreshed when you wake.

Just remember, we spend nearly half of our lives in bed. For those of us with insomnia, that can be as much as a quarter of our lives spent just trying to fall asleep. There’s literally no time left to waste!

How to order

To order, visit, which is a mattress store based in Singapore.  There’s two options available to measure yourself for a pillow when you visit Blue Oktopus:

#1. Get physically measured

If you are in Singapore or Hong Kong, you can get measured for your Pillow Made To MeasureTM at over 50 partnering chiropractic clinics. The Blue Oktopus has a clinic directory where you can find an outlet nearest to you.

#2. Get measured online using a webcam

After putting your order in the cart, click on the words “I am buying the pillow now and would like to measure myself online” to activate your webcam camera. Then follow the onscreen instructions to complete the transaction. I got measured online via Blue Oktopus for my own Pillow Made To MeasureTM, and the process couldn’t be easier.

Will A Customized Pillow Really Change My Life?

Each Pillow Made To MeasureTM costs only SGD$228 with free shipping thrown in. They are also made of 100% certified organic, carbon-neutral materials, free of chemical fertilisers, and is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, allergy-proof, mite-proof, 100% biodegradable, and come with fitted white cotton covers.

Of course, if you are going through a trying period in your life that’s causing you emotional or mental distress, or have a medical condition, getting a custom-made pillow to cure your insomnia probably isn’t at the top of your priorities.

But as with many things in life, you never know if this could be just what you need to help you turn the corner.  As I like to tell myself at bedtime, “Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, Wisdom to know the difference, and a Made To Measure Pillow to sleep it all off.”

Pillow Made To Measure` is a registered trademark of Sleep Made To MeasureTM .  To order, visit Blue Oktopus ( or drop by in person at one of their partner clinics to get measured in person by a health practitioner.