It’s late, readers, and I’m tired. It’s been a long night and quite frankly I can use some sleep. You know the feeling. However, there is something that obstructs my path to a peaceful night’s rest: Snoring.

Not just any snoring it’s loud, chronic (ongoing) snoring from the person choking–and sometimes gasping– next to me at night. Some of you may have guessed that the person sleeping next to me tonight has sleep apnea. You may be right. Which led me to finding U.S. Patent No. 8,991,399 (the ‘399 patent).

Patent ‘399 is a sleep apnea mask which covers the lips and nose. It’s a pretty simple invention and solves the problem of needing to nudge your partner in the middle of the night. When properly positioned, the mask directs the user’s breathing through the nose rather than the mouth. The user can now involuntarily breathe through the nose because the mask keeps the lips closed.

The permeable mask is made in such a way that it conform’s to the user’s face. A one-size-fits-all is not a bad approach and makes it suitable for mass production. However, the inventor also is open to making attributes which include: (1) a mesh screen with smaller holes or permeation with larger holes to better regulate air for people with different lung capacities;(2) including an elastic band so it can also be remain effective for people with a beard; and (3) keeping the sleep mask in an envelope to keep it sterile for future use.

Overall, I think it is going to be a good night and I can rest easily knowing there is solution out there. Hopefully, I will see it on the market soon. In my opinion, it should be in the same price range as bandages if it’s a one-size-fits-all type mask. If there’s more variety perhaps there could be more selectivity. Until then, I am going to stick to my earplugs.

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