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Sleeping with an eye mask can bring many benefits like reducing wake disturbances and increasing the time you spend in restorative sleep. Here are the best eye masks for a good night's sleep.
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If you're like me, you need a completely blacked out room to fall asleep. However, that isn't always possible -- that's where a sleep mask comes in. The best sleep mask options will block light so you can get some quality sleep. Whether you're traveling, your sleep partner needs a nightlight or your neighbor's security lights shine right into your bedroom, a sleep mask is the perfect accessory that can help you get your beauty rest.
Benefits of using a sleep mask at night
Light exposure before bedtime (even blue light from screens) can hinder your melatonin production. Without enough melatonin, it's harder for your brain to tell your body to go to sleep -- often causing insomnia. With the aid of a sleep mask, a study found that participants spent more time in REM sleep due to limited light exposure.
A sleep mask may be able to help you sleep tonight.
We've curated this list based on market research and reviews of some of the best sleep masks currently available, from a weighted sleep mask, which acts like a weighted blanket for your face, to an eye mask for side sleepers. Keep reading to find the best sleep mask for you.
The Drowsy sleep mask is the closest thing to sleeping on a cloud. This mask has an unparalleled design that makes it extra comfortable to sleep with. This eye mask is crafted with premium materials, like pure mulberry silk, and it contours nicely to your face. What I really liked about this mask is that it has an adjustable velcro at the back, to ensure a snug fit without causing discomfort or pressure points on your eyes.
While testing this mask, I found that it didn't slip off my face while I slept like other masks tend to and the fluffy padding made it have a total blackout effect.
Brooklinen is known for its high-quality bed accessories; its products often make our lists. In addition, Brooklinen offers a variety of pure mulberry silk accessories at reasonable prices. Its Mulberry eye mask is soft, lightweight and cool to the touch.
The gentle elastic band won't get caught in your hair and it stretches to fit most faces. The breathable fabric makes it perfect for any season. Machine-wash it or hand wash with cold water and pH-neutral detergent.
If you've ever used a weighted blanket for stress or anxiety, you know the surprisingly calming effects that the pressure from weighted products can have on your sleep. The same concept has been applied to sleep masks, and Nodpod is a popular choice.
The Nodpod comes with two different materials -- one side is made of jersey for a cooler feel, and the other is microfiber, which is warmer. The mask's four equally weighted pods are filled with BPA-free polyethylene beads.
Comes in three colors: gray, pink and black
Weight can help with migraines, anxiety and sleep
The strap-free design won't get stuck in your hair
If you're looking for a minimal, lightweight "barely there" sleep mask, this one is it. It's super soft, light and the smooth silk doesn't tug at your hair. The smooth fabric and headband ensure that you stay comfortable while you sleep on your side.
The mask is big enough to provide coverage over your eyes, but it doesn't weigh you down. It's also machine-washable (make sure to wash with cold water and gentle detergent) and convenient for travel since it does not take up much space in a bag.
Some sleep masks are on the smaller side or are shaped in a way that doesn't work for different sized faces. This Alaska Bear sleep mask offers a broad, full-coverage fit making it a good choice for bigger faces, especially for men.
The key to a sleep mask working well is to find one that actually covers your face enough to block all light. The adjustable headband also ensures a snug fit for a variety of sleeping positions and head sizes.
Comes in 22 different colors and patterns
Outer mask is made of silky material and the inside is cotton
If you don't love the feeling of a mask pressing against your eyelids at night or want the feeling of being able to blink and open your eyes, a contoured mask can help block out the light without weighing on your eyes. This pack of three 3D contoured masks also fits the bill if you're on a budget since it clocks in at around $15.
Three masks just over $15
Comes in five different color options to choose from
If you love memory-foam pillows or mattresses, then you know how comfortable memory foam is for sleep. The foam eye mask molds to fit your face, and it covers your ears, which is handy to help secure ear plugs or headphones. The mask has an adjustable Velcro strap to ensure you have a snug fit that stays in place even if you toss and turn at night.
A sleep mask is an accessory that can help you fall asleep at night. Its design blocks out light, and if the sides are large enough to cover your ears, it can even block out noise. A 2010 study found that patients who slept with an eye mask at night spent more time in REM sleep.
What is the best kind of sleep mask?
The best kind of sleep mask is the one that works best for you. There are sleep masks that help block out light and noise or some that just block out light. You can even find a sleep mask that won't touch your eyes but still block out light. Sleep masks come in memory foam, silk or cotton materials. Take into consideration price and quality.
Watch this: Benefits of a Sleep Mask: How Light Affects Your Sleep
What are the disadvantages of sleep masks?
Some sleep masks can get caught in your hair, especially if they have velcro straps. In addition, some people don't like the feeling of fabric covering their eyes. They can also cause dry eyes or possible damage to your eyelashes.
Is it good to sleep with a sleep mask?
Sleeping with a face mask can help you sleep better by blocking out light that may disturb your sleep. An eye mask may also help prevent wrinkled around the eyes caused by side sleeping.
The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified health provider regarding any questions you may have about a medical condition or health objectives.