Posted by Andrew Senske on 8/12/2015 to Articles
The SleepWeaver soft cloth masks have always generated a lot of interest because of their unique design. In an industry in which the typical mask is made of hard polycarbonate plastic and silicone rubber, a mask made of cloth can be considered the "black sheep" of the flock. This particular sheep has been a successful one, because CPAP users really tend to like the SleepWeaver masks.
The overall reviewer ratings of the SleepWeaver masks are slightly lower than I would expect, and I think I know why. You see, Circadiance is one of the only mask manufacturers to offer a 30-day risk-free trial. That means you can buy a SleepWeaver mask, try it for 30 nights straight, and if you don't like it for any reason, you can send it back to us for a full refund (less our cost of shipping). I've seen time and time again people try the mask for one or two nights and send it back under the policy. It's understandable. Some people can make quick decisions. But if the 30-day return policy didn't exist, I think some users - not all - but some users who decided they didn't like the mask after one or two nights would have tried to use it longer, potentially giving themselves the opportunity to get used to the mask over a several day or several week period of time. Some of the relatively quick decisions to return the mask have led, in my opinion, to lower reviewer ratings for this mask. With that said, a rating of 3.5 or 4 stars isn't too bad for a CPAP mask. The fact is that people tend to hate masks by default, and CPAP equipment isn't exactly the type of thing most people WANT to have to spend their money on.
My point? Don't let a 3.5 star review average turn you off. The SleepWeaver masks fill a need for many CPAP users, and they have lots of advantages. Below is a brief description of how the uniqueness of the SleepWeaver addresses common problems.
SleepWeaver Products Eliminate Five Most Common CPAP User Complaints (Reprinted with Permission from Circadiance)
The Circadiance SleepWeaver Soft-Cloth CPAP products are designed to eliminate the five most common complaints about old-fashioned, hard, plastic masks: air leakage, pressure from headgear, limited sleep positions, skin irritation, and noise.
Reduced Air Leakage: SleepWeaver® is made of cloth with no rigid parts in contact with the skin. It inflates to form a balloon of air that pushes gently against the patient’s face to form a seal. The flexible cloth conforms to the exact shape of each individual patient’s face to reduce air leakage.
Reduced Pressure from Headgear: Our headgear requires very little tension to achieve a good seal; the air pressure inside the mask does the job instead. Patients no longer need to continually tighten the mask, which means fewer pressure sores on the face.
More Sleep Positions: SleepWeaver allows the patient to sleep on his or her side, back, or stomach without rigid buckles, clips, or faceplates digging into the skin. Because the mask is light and soft, it stays in place all night—even when the patient changes sleep positions. Due to amazing comfort users have reported waking up in the middle of the night and wondering if it’s still in place!
No More Skin Irritation: Cloth is very smooth and breathable, so it can form a good seal without feeling sticky or tacky on the skin. Nothing enters the nose, so the mucosal tissues are not irritated. The mask contains no natural rubber latex or silicone, so it does not cause allergic reactions.
Less Noise: PAP mask noise comes from the exhalation valve, leaks, and turbulence inside the mask. SleepWeaver’s small exhalation holes eliminate air “whooshing” or “whistling” sounds. The mask fits with very few leaks, reducing sudden noises. And the mask is designed to minimize air turbulence.
And I'd actually like to add a sixth point. The SleepWeaver masks are travel friendly. They pack almost to nothing and can be put anywhere - carry-on, purse, suitcase, pants pocket, panniers. You name it, and a SleepWeaver mask could probably fit in it.
Feel free to take us up on the 30-day risk-free trial. Of course, we encourage you to use as much of the 30 days as possible to give yourself time to get accustomed to the mask. But even if you decide after night one that the mask won't work for you, just give us a call for a return authorization number and we'll take care of you.
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