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Proper sleep hygiene can mean the difference between a restful and a restless night's sleep. Everything from what you eat to how you spend your final moments before dozing off can affect not only how long you sleep, but also your ability to remain asleep.
One of the many small changes you can make to increase the chance of a better night's sleep is investing in a sleep mask. Sure, things like blackout curtains prevent outside lighting from entering your bedroom, but sleep masks ensure that other distractions, such as electronics, don't disturb your slumber.
The main function of a sleep mask is to block out light, including artificial light. Wendy Troxel, PhD, a senior behavioral scientist at the RAND Corporation, told Healthline that too much artificial light "can disrupt our internal biological ‘clock’ that helps to regulate our sleep-wake patterns."
"Melatonin’s job is to signal to the brain that it is time to get sleepy, so light exposure, particularly at night, sends the wrong signal to the brain, which can profoundly disrupt one’s ability to fall asleep quickly and stay asleep," Troxel told the outlet.
Picking the right sleep mask is just as important as selecting the right pillow, pajamas and mattress for a good night's sleep. From masks made with memory foam and cooling clay to ones that let you play your favorite soothing music, scroll to find our picks for the best sleep masks on the market.
If you own a weighted blanket, you're well aware of their calming and relaxation-inducing benefits. Make it a total body experience by adding a weighted mask to the mix. The Gravity Weighted Sleep Mask distributes between .75 and 1 lb. of pressure to key points on the face. It's also made with micro-plush and imitation cashmere to ensure comfort as you drift off to sleep.
Shop it: Gravity Weighted Sleep Mask, $40, gravityblankets.com
Opt for ultimate comfort — and a great night's sleep — with a silk mask. This one from Brooklinen is cool to the touch and has a breathable yet insulating fabric. It also comes in seven colors.
Shop it: Mulberry Silk Eyemask, $29, brooklinen.com
This foam eye masks brilliantly molds to fit any face, while the Velcro closure allows anyone to customize the fit. The mask is great option for those who sleep with ear plugs or other noise-blocking technology.
Shop it: TEMPUR-Sleep Mask, $29, tempurpedic.com
Those who suffer from chronic headaches and migraines should consider this therapy mask from Fomi, which uses a combination of all-natural ceramic clay and non-toxic oils to create a calming, moldable mask. Put the clay mask in the fridge or freezer to help reduce swollen and puffy eyes or relieve sinus pressure.
Shop it: Fomi Cold Clay Therapy Eye Mask, $10, amazon.com
If you like to fall asleep to relaxing music or the calming sounds of a rain storm, but don't want to disturb your partner or use uncomfortable headphones, this particular mask — powered with built-in Bluetooth headphones — may be the one for you. The mask is made from breathable memory sponge and completely blocks out light so you can fall asleep fast. More than eight hours of playing time ensures you won’t be woken up in the middle of the night.
Shop it: Watotgafer Bluetooth Sleeping Headphones, $17 ($23), amazon.com
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