Sleep Masks

Product Reviews for Sleep Masks

Sleep Science Behind Sleep Masks:

The brain is hardwired to respond to light for regulation of our sleep and wake cycles. A small collection of light responsive cells called the suprachiasmatic nucleus of the hypothalamus acts as our internal clock. Even with our eyes closed, the smallest amount of light triggers our internal clock to slow melatonin production. Melatonin is a natural hormone secreted by the pineal gland that serves as a messenger to the body to go to sleep. As the melatonin levels increase, the body responds by lowering our core body temperature and chemically inducing us to be sleepy.

If you are trying to sleep in a brightly lit area, during the day, or are an early riser that has to go to bed before the sun is down; it may be very difficult for you to get to sleep. Likewise, if your sleep environment has too much light in it; staying asleep or going back to sleep after an arousal may be a challenge. If you have ever woken up too early with a good look at a sunlit window and not been able to go back to sleep, you have seen this biological function at work, first hand.

A sleeping environment ideally should be completely dark. Sometimes, this is simply not possible. Even blackout shades do not always keep out 100% of the light from a window, and the smallest LEDs on an electronic device, a night light, a hall light, a partner watching television, can ruin the optimal sleeping environment. People who work night shifts, or travelers that need to sleep on planes, are some of the people that will suffer the most at the hands of unwanted light while they try to sleep. Sleep Masks are an inexpensive and effective way to control the light that would otherwise interfere with your sleep. 

Features:

√  Conforming and oversized to block 100% of light

√  Soft, comfortable, all natural cotton

√  Washable, breathable material

√  Adjustable Velcro straps for perfect fit

√  Feature built-in pocket for earplug storage

√  Made in the USA

√  Available in Plush Purple, Blue, or Black 

Good For:

  • Blocking out unwanted light, day or night if you need to sleep during daylight hours
  • Reducing disruptions from lights turned on by other members of the household at night

  • Sleeping easier on flights or other brightly lit areas

  • Facilitating natural melatonin production by the body, helping you get to sleep and stay asleep