SleepWeaver Advance Soft Cloth Nasal CPAP Mask Pack with Improved Zzzephyr Seal & Headgear
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best in my book
Written By: gayla, arizona 9/12/2014
i am new to using a cpap. should have been using one for a couple of years, but tried every other option before giving in, largely because of mask issues. just recently i learned about leptin and how it is affected by sleep, so began using the cpap, this time purchasing the swift fx nasal pillows mask, which worked better but was still hard on my nose. in search of a gentler option, i ran across this mask and tried it.
i had trouble with leaking the first couple of days, and still have some issues with leaking, although i have minimized them with the help of the instructional video as well as reading many reviews. the mask touching my upper lip, on the occasions when it does, does not bother me at all. what i have found to be the source of leaking on my face is that the mask wants to flare away from a 90 degree angle, caused by air flow between the hose and its connection to the soft mask. if a 90 degree angle were to be maintained for just the immediate transition area between the mask and the hose, this might prevent the mask from pulling away from the face, at least, it appears to in my case.
an additional small set of removable velcro straps could be offered to run between the already-present side-strap connection openings and a place of choice very near the top of the hose, one on each side. the middle of the strap would need to be a cord that would rest in the exterior ribbing of the hose. i'm just going to use pieces of elastic to try it out. this can be accomplished without changing anything. the mask as it is now made and the ribbed exterior of the hose should accommodate this addition trivially.
(optionally) maintaining a fixed 90 degree angle should prevent the flaring of the mask and hose at an angle away from the body which is one way the seal breaks. a competition between forces is going on, and the forces are greater on the side of flaring out, so they need to either be balanced to maintain a right angle or if they cannot be balanced to maintain it naturally, imposed to maintain a 90 degree angle, but that would introduce some rigidity which is antithetical to the concept behind the mask. from what i gather from reading reviews, this flaring would be desirable and even necessary for some people because they are bothered by the mask touching their upper lip. i have a proper bite, so my upper lip doesn't jut out, and even at a fixed 90 degree angle (i.e., when i hold the mask and hose in that position) it comes near but doesn't rest on my upper lip. however, for people who have an overbite that juts the upper lip out, a flaring out might actually be needed, not only for comfort but because the mask/hose touching the upper lip adds another competing force to the equation that can also impact the seal. the seal of this mask is going to be sensitive because the mask is so light. i will say, though, that the seal seems to be tenacious considering the lightness and flexibility of the mask. to me, it is really an issue of balancing the forces in favor of maintaining a seal while taking into account the different shapes of faces.
the straps i suggest would be an option for someone like myself who doesn't need the flare due to bite issues. i think a fixed 90 degrees would improve the seal for those people whose faces would accommodate it.
now, if there were a swivel hose that could angle the hose toward the forehead, that, it seems to me, would create an even much stronger competition of forces between the mask/hose and the face where the seal of the mask might almost surely be compromised by the pulling of the mask upward away from the base of the nose unless an appropriate fixed angle were maintained.
the competition of forces between the hose and the seal of the mask ideally needs to be eliminated, because the seal of the mask to the face, although flexible because of the fabric, is also delicate because of the lightness of the fabric. they need a mathematician or engineer to balance the forces in favor of maintaining a seal while taking into account that some people's faces will require a flare away from the face, so for those users who need a flare (the hose angling a bit away from the face), it might need to be a fixed flare.
having said all of this, the mask is amazing. these are just my impressions of why the seal isn't working for some people. the lightweight hose they sell probably fights less to flare out. i just have a normal-cheap hose right now. the light hose with a swivel connector might solve the problem, or reduce it considerably. i'm thinking that because of the dramatically different shapes of people's faces, especially brought into play below the nose when using a nose mask, for some people a whole face mask might be needed to maintain a seal, i.e., it might be easier to balance the forces in favor of a seal across the area of the entire face instead of just the nose. but it sill be just as true for a face mask that any exaggerated features in the face, like cheekbones, that the seal has to cross are going to impact the ability of the mask to maintain a seal. it would be an option that might work for some people and not others. the lightness and flexibility of this mask eliminates some constraints while introducing others. sorry in advance for redundancies. i tried to eliminate them but just wasn't able to be concise.
A great sleep mask
Written By: Marilyn, California 9/11/2014
Finally a mask that fits and is comfortable. I have had a good night sleep for the first time in a long time.
Written By: Joni, SC 8/3/2014
Excellent product for allergy patients. Fits perfectly. so light I wake up and check to see if it is still on my face. Arrived promptly after order. I am very pleased with service and product.
Written By: Michelle, Illinoi 7/8/2014
I really like this product because it's not heavy on my face. If there was any downfall at all, air does blow in my eyes. But this product is with a little bit of air blowing verses the other nose masks that I've had in the past
SleepWeaver and Direct Home Medical
Written By: tde night, Pennsylvania 6/24/2014
My first time trying both, a new mask and a new supplier. The SleepWeaver turned out to be the best mask I've used in the ten years or so of hard masks, nasal pillows, etc....the soft cloth mask seals first time every time, is very quiet and stays in place all night. No more chin strap anymore either, as the seal around the nose is secure enough that mouth breathing is almost impossible which means no more mouth snoring. As long as they offer this mask I will not buy any other, regardless of price. Speaking of price, The price was the lowest and the delivery and service of Direct Home Medical was first class as we'll. So glad I found this unbeatable combination!
Preasure On Nose
Written By: Danny, Texas 5/6/2014
This mask is a very good idea that just doesn't work for me. The cloth idea is great as it feels very light and does not bind or pinch the face. However as it is cloth it tends to collapse around the nose and cuts off some of the air flow. Feels like I could not get enough air to breathe well.
CPAP MASK SOFT CLOTH
Written By: D. S., Howe, Texas 4/30/2014
The best mask I have ever used.
Kept sliding off my head
Written By: Sharon S, Reseda, CA 4/7/2014
I was thrilled that they finally have a cloth mask because I can no longer wear a silicone mask due to it causes a rash on my face. I was looking forward to this mask. I have been using it a week and I want to throw it out the window. The top strap kept sliding off my head no matter how many adjustments I made it would stay on my head. I wake up with the mask on the side of my mouth.
Soft and comfortable!!!
Written By: Chik MK , 3/23/2014
I will continue to use it.
comfy for a minute
Written By: Plano Sleeper, Plano TX 3/11/2014
I really wanted to like this mask, but the design isn't there yet. Setup and putting it on is easy, and for about a minute it's the most comfortable on my face of any mask -- then I move a millimeter, and the trouble begins! Leaks at random spots around its perimeter. Go through the drill of pulling down, resetting, adjusting straps, adjusting hose: nothing works for long. I've yet to be able to sleep more than an hour with this thing, then have to switch to less comfortable but reliable Swift mask. Sigh. Good concept, but execution is crucial.