Introducing the Somnera System: A Low-Flow Alternative to PAP Therapy

Key Features of the Somnera System

Innovative Quiet Design

There are several important differences between the Somnera System and traditional CPAP therapy. First and foremost, the Somnera System does not generate its own air pressure. The pressure used to keep the airway open is generated by the user’s own breath. The innovative design of this system makes therapy much quieter. Less noise means a more restful night’s sleep for both the user and their bed partner.

Even mask leaks, a common problem with PAP therapy, become quieter. Since air pressure is generated by the user, there is not a constant rush of noisy air escaping from under the mask. In fact, with Somnera’s design, leakage is only experienced on exhalation if it is experienced at all.

Lightweight Hose

Another unique feature to the Somnera System is the lightweight, braided hose. While most CPAP hoses have a diameter of 22mm, the Somnera System hose is only 9mm in diameter. This makes it the lightest hose in the industry. It attaches to the machine via a strong magnet that swivels as the hose moves – so even the most active sleeper can use it without fear of leaks or disconnects.

No Humidification Required

Most CPAP users require humidification to help make their therapy more comfortable. This is especially common in drier climates, where the continuous air pressure during therapy leads to dry and sometimes sore throat and nasal passages.

The unique SmartValve Technology of the Somnera System creates a natural humidification that eliminates the need of a separate humidifier. 

Reduced Footprint

The Somnera System has a smaller footprint than most at-home PAP machines. With dimensions of 5.2 in x 3.5 in x 2.7 in, the Somnera can easily fit on a bedside nightstand. The reduced footprint also makes it easier to pack for travel. This makes Somnear ideal for someone who may wish to use one machine for both at-home and on-the-go therapy.

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Additional Benefits of Somnera System

The Somnera also features an intuitive touchscreen, which allows users to navigate their settings with ease. The settings include comfort features such as ramp time, EPR (also known as expiratory pressure relief), and Somnera’s unique GoToSleep Mode. This mode allows users to delay the start of their therapy so they can fall asleep wearing their mask.

Another attractive feature is the sleek design and the lack of maintenance. Because the Somnera System boasts minimal parts and does not have the added hassle of a humidifier, there is less to clean. 

Who Can Benefit from Somnera?

The low-flow pressure provided by Somnera is an alternative to traditional CPAP therapy. As with traditional therapy, there will be a learning curve for those wanting to experience what Somnera has to offer.

Newly diagnosed patients new to PAP therapy may have an easier time adjusting to the Somnera System. However, Dr. Goetting states that after 16 years of using various CPAP machines and equipment, he felt he adequately adjusted to the Somnera System after three nights of use. Therefore, veteran CPAP users looking for a new machine may also benefit.

PAP users who travel frequently, however, may receive the most benefit from this device. The compact, lightweight nature of the device means it can easily be stored in luggage to take on the go. Lack of a humidifier means not having to worry about packing or purchasing distilled water. The rugged design is ideal for both at-home or on-the-go use, a feature Dr. Goetting thinks is worth the investment.

“If you are only getting one CPAP machine, you will not want the travel kind… They are not designed for nightly use for 5 or more years. Somnera is one machine that works well for at home and travel.”

Somnera System Launch

The Somnera System is now available for pre-order with an anticipated ship date in early December. The system, including the mask and tubing, costs $1350. Users will pick between two mask options: a nasal or nasal pillow mask. The minimal contact design is perfect for those who feel claustrophobic with traditional CPAP masks, as well as active sleepers and users with facial hair.

If you have any additional questions regarding the Somnera System, our knowledgeable customer care team is here to help. Give us a call at 866.414.9700, chat with us online, or send an email to questions@thecpapshop.com.

Chris Vasta

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Chris Vasta

Over a 10+ year career at PHH Mortgage managing a $100 million portfolio, Chris Vasta learned the ins and outs of the business world. He learned how to establish business relationships, lead a multi-prong team, and implement strategies for long-term growth. In 2007, Vasta used that experience to transition his role into president of The CPAP Shop. Over his tenure, Vasta has been involved in everything from website design to warehouse layout. His hands-on approach with customers has evolved into an in-depth understanding of the challenges of beginning and adhering to sleep therapy. He often provides his insights on product…


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  • Greg

    You say it uses the user’s own breath… but you don’t explain how this all works. What creates the pressure and how does it use one’s breath??

    • Chris Vasta

      The air pressure is created by the Somnera Device. It would be set with the same pressure setting that is listed on the prescription but would have a low flow because of the check valve system. With Somnera’s patented SmartValveTM technology, exhalation gets filtered back out into the room, providing natural humidification and a more comfortable therapy experience. The Exhaled air is prevented from being sent back down the tube which minimizes airflow and greatly reduces mask leaks.

  • Josh

    I got my Somnera yesterday and tried it out last night. I find it very difficult to breath with it. Inhaling and exhaling takes much more effort than my old S9.

    I’ve tried the different size nasal pillows and that hasn’t seemed to make a difference.

    I just feel like I’m not getting enough air and then that I can’t exhale normally. It’s like trying to blow up a balloon. I am going to try it again tonight but if It keeps me up all night again I’ll be returning. Really want to love this. My pressure is only at 4.

    • Andrew Rivenbark

      Josh, thank you for your feedback regarding the Somnera System. If you still have concerns about your therapy, give us a call at 866-414-9700. Our customer care team may be able to help walk you through some settings to improve your therapy experience so you can love the Somnera! Hope this helps.

  • Radu Constantine, MD

    This looks interesting. Before I commit though, for myself, as well as for my patients, I need more information. Please send me some medical literature supporting this at my email address. Thank you!

  • Frank Cafferty

    I am based in Ireland and inquire when you will be looking at the European Market. We are currently Distributors for WatchPAT in Ireland and would be interested in a discussion with you about Somnera and the Irish Sleep Apnoea Market.
    Kind Regards,
    Frank Cafferty
    SA Medical

  • Mark E

    I assume this doesn’t work with SoClean, so how does one clean it and how frequently? Thanks

    • Chris Vasta

      The Somnera System is not compatible with the Soclean2 Sanitizing Machine. It is recommended to clean or wipe down the mask cushion after each use and to clean the tube weekly.

  • Nickie Smith

    Can this machine be used with a so clean machine. Does it have filters?

    • Chris Vasta

      No, the Somnera is not compatible with the Soclean Sanitizer. The Somnera does have a filter. The Somnera Air Filter Pack can be pulled up on our site with SKU# 10005.

  • Anne

    Is the Somnera dual voltage?

  • Rob Hayden

    I have left messages on your 866-414-9700 number on two occasions/days to have someone at the CPAP shop call back to give me information on the Somnera. Have yet to receive a return call. VERY interested in the new Somnera system but have questions. Need to know if shipping in currently available, is there a waiting list, etc.mPlease have someone call me ANYTIME in California at 559-250-7835. Thanks Rob

    • Chris Vasta

      Thank you for your interest and we apologize for the delayed response. I hope the information provided by our team was helpful and thank you for reaching out.

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