Hi, my name is Chris Thomas.
I'm the proud owner of the Hibermate. I'd like to tell you how the Hibermate sleep mask (with revolutionary and world first, removable ear muffs for sleeping) came about, and why I got into this fun business.
Above: Hibermate Silicone Sleeping Ear Muffs
Back in '92 I used to work night shift for a pre-press company (http://www.tennysongraphics.com.au). I'd start at 10.30pm and finish at 8.00am, four days a week. I've gotta tell you, it was a killer! Every weekend, I'd try and stay up during the day to catch up with friends, basically resetting my body clock. I literally had permanent jet lag for two years.
My father and brother ran a company manufacturing foam, and I got to talking with them about the possibility of creating some soft foam ear muffs for sleeping to help block sound because ear plugs were driving me crazy! (unwanted noise was the most difficult aspect to control while sleeping during the day). They suggested a few things and together we came up with an effective solution which I can tell you now really works.
My house-mate at that time was a nurse, and she used to work night shift as well. She tried on the sleep mask and absolutely loved it. The next thing I knew I was making sleep masks for her and all her work-mates. It didn't take long for me to realise that I had invented the only product in history, targeted directly at a market that had always been completely ignored by everyone else: - The night worker. In January of 2000, I recruited one of the best seamstresses in the business and we started to make them properly!
Then, as I investigated the possibility further, I realised that travelers could use the combined sleep mask and ear muffs for sleeping too.
And then one day a friend of mine got sick, so I took a Hibermate into the hospital to help him sleep while he recovered. Yep you guessed it, nearly everyone on the entire WARD wanted one!
I've been asked why don't I sell the Hibermate in stores? The answer is simple. I want to control the entire process of manufacture to delivery and after sales support. I don't trust stores to provide the kind of service I want to provide and the kind of service that you expect. This isn't some fly by night internet company, it's one with a terrific product which will exceed your expectations. We've been in business selling sleeping masks with ear muffs since January 2000, I receive an astoundingly low rate of product return, which I think speaks volumes about the Hibermate sleep mask's quality, effectiveness and integrity.
I also realise that for some people sleep masks with ear muffs just don't work, yet for others, they can't sleep without one. It's a very personal thing, because it's a very personal, intimate product. That's why I offer a no-questions-asked-money-back-guarantee. Purchase the Hibermate now, and if it's "just not for you", then send it back, there's no hard feelings - REALLY! - I want to make sure that you're happy! If you're not happy, it's bad for business - it's very simple.
The Hibermate is very good at blocking sound, but it will not block 100% of noise. There are no ear muffs or ear plugs on the market which block 100% of sound and the Hibermate is no different.
We don’t want to talk the Hibermate down; it’s BY FAR the best sound blocking product designed for sleeping and relaxing on the market, bar none; but it is not an industrial ear muff designed for airports and other insanely noisy environments.
Ultimately we will have the Hibermate NRR rated for the US market, but at this stage, the Hibermate’s preliminary sound reduction test has rated it an Australian SLC Class 1 Sound Reduction Device which means it can be used in environments up to 90dB. We estimate it has a NRR of somewhere between 12-15dB.
Ultimately we will have the Hibermate NRR rated for the US market.
Hibermate Pty Ltd
P.O. Box 2074
Preston Victoria 3072
Finally, we have our windows cleaned by my very good friend, Cam @ www.camswindowcleaning.com.au and our office professionally cleaned by Melbourne based cleaners http://www.performancecleaning.com.au. And, while we're not a franchise, if you're inspired in any way by my story and want to create a turn-key business of your own in Australia, www.topfranchise.com.au has Australia's top Franchise Opportunities as rated by actual Franchisees'. It's a very nifty idea and worth mentioning I think.