Sleep Better: Three Things to Know About Sleep Masks

Cover your eyes and snooze like a baby.

Woman sleeping under covers.
There's a better way to get comfy.Ketut Subiyanto, Pexels

Although it may seem like a fairly basic buy, a sleep mask isn’t as simple as getting one, slapping it on and falling into sweet dreams. The primary goal is to keep out the light when trying to get shut-eye, but there are several important variables to think about when searching for the right blinders. First, you need to consider the size and shape, which will be determined by the position you sleep in and what you want to block out. The second thing to keep in mind is the purpose. Although they’re mainly for blocking out light, sleep masks can have other uses. Next, what materials have been used to make the mask? Your facial comfort will depend on it. Now, relax. Soon you’ll be sleeping peacefully in the dark.

MZOO Sleep Eye Mask for Men Women, 3D Contoured Cup Sleeping Mask & Blindfold, Concave Molded Night Sleep Mask, Block Out Light, Soft Comfort Eye Shade Cover for Travel Yoga Nap, Black
Filled with memory foam, it uses a heat-bonded technology instead of glue to connect the parts, making it sturdy and durable.MZOO

It’s important to get a mask that fits the size of your face, especially if you’re a side sleeper and shift positions a lot at night. If the mask doesn’t fit properly, it’s likely to move around with you. Also, some masks come with cavities that let you open your eyes while wearing them without your lashes brushing against the fabric. And for those who like to snooze in silence, side panels for blocking out sounds are another useful feature.

IMAK Compression Pain Relief Mask and Eye Pillow, Cold Therapy Headache, Migraine, Sinus Pain, Patented, Universal Size
Filled with beads that massage the eye area, and you can chill it before putting it on, to soothe puffiness.Brownmed

Masks are more than mere bedtime blindfolds. Some of them are built to cool your face too. Weighted masks may help you relax. Aromatherapy masks do more or less the same thing by way of pleasing scents. Not enough benefits for you? Some masks are designed to provide relief from sinus congestion and assorted aches and pains.

Alaska Bear Natural Silk Sleep Mask, Blindfold, Super Smooth Eye Mask (Black)
The adjustable strap extends from 15.8” to 27.6”; made from breathable fabric.ALASKA BEAR

Masks are made from lots of different textiles and materials. If you have sensitive skin or just prefer the feeling of softness on your face, silk wins. It’s lightweight and cool and goes perfectly with silk pajamas. Meanwhile, cotton wicks away moisture and protects your skin from bacteria. Polyester is a less expensive option, but although light and durable, it’s more likely to leave you sweaty around the eyes. Some say satin mixes the best features of silk and cotton: cooling, light and durable.