Sleep is vital to your health, productivity, and personal growth. It’s one of the most important things you do every single day. Sleep masks help you get better quality sleep.
On average, humans spend about 30% of their life sleeping. We start out sleeping almost all the hours of the day as a baby and as we grow older, we require less sleep. However, even as adults, many sleep 30% or more per day.
I, personally, don’t require eight hours of sleep and believe most people sleep too much. With a higher quality of sleep, you’ll require less time to get the rest your body desperately needs. This is where the right sleep masks become helpful.
The right sleep mask will not only allow you to sleep on an airplane or in a hotel room but also at home. Without my favorite sleep masks, I’d struggle to get high-quality sleep. Let me introduce you to my two favorite sleep masks
Before buying this sleep mask, I owned a cheap, flat one from Wal-Mart. It was itchy and really didn’t have a benefit, other than it said “Do Not Disturb” on it.
Upgrading to the 3D Sleep Mask from PrettyCare was a huge step. Sure, it costs triple or more of the one at Wal-Mart, but it’s worth every penny. Plus, it’s a two pack, so you always have a backup.
The mask is very slim, very soft and the 3D effect keeps my long eyelashes from scraping it when I blink. After wearing it for a couple of nights, I didn’t even feel it on my face anymore. It has made napping much easier and I simply love the design, the fee and everything about this mask.
Overall, it blocks out every bit of light and it’s very breathable. I never feel hot wearing it and the 3D Sleep Mask by PrettyCare has been a life-saver whenever my wife and I cannot keep the light out of your RV at a campground.
While I knew the 3D Sleep Mask from PrettyCare was going to be my go-to mask when I bought it, I wanted a second option for naps. The IMAK Compression Pain Relief Sleep Mask was the right choice. It blocks out all the light and provides relief from headaches, puffy eyes, and sinus issues.
I struggle with puffy eyes and have all my life, so I wanted a solution that might offer a bit of help in that area. This mask is one of my best purchases and allows me to take a power nap while getting the relief I need. My wife often uses it when she’s suffering from a migraine or another type of a headache, as well.
It’s simple to use and well made. I will say, the strap is a bit thin and I remember reading a few reviews saying it broke. I have had it for over 8 months without a problem, but if it did break, I would just go to the store, pick up some elastic material and sew on a thicker strap. Like I said, though, it hasn’t broken on me and it’s been eight months.
Those seeking a sleep mask to provide cooling relief and block the light will love this one. It’s great for puffy eyes, headaches, tired eyes and sinuses. It’s even washable and so easy to just throw in the freezer and pull out when you want to use it.
Benefits of a Good Sleep Mask
Whether you choose the same sleep masks as I did or you go a different direction, you’ll gain several great benefits from your sleep mask. Here are a few of the most common.
Blacking out all the windows in your bedroom can be expensive. It also means you have to undo the job anytime you want light in your bedroom. A good sleep mask will do the same thing for a fraction of the cost.
Better Sleep Quality
The main benefit of sleep masks, which leads directly to more productivity, is the better sleep quality you will get. Darkness is great for sleep and helps to increase the amount of time you spend in REM sleep and decrease wakefulness.
Darkness also helps to increase the production of melatonin, which helps you fall asleep. I will often put on my 3D Sleep Mask from PrettyCare while my wife is getting ready for bed. This, along with an audiobook, usually gets me prepared and when she turns out the light after we say goodnight, I am out within minutes.
May Help with Insomnia
If you struggle to sleep, you may be able to get to sleep easier with a sleep mask. There’s nothing worse than being tired all the time and struggling to be productive due to a lack of good sleep.
Way Better than Alcohol or Prescription Drugs
I am often appalled by our need to call prescription drugs medicine, but that’s a post for another time. For now, I will just say, the need to take a pill to get to sleep has become an epidemic. Many will gravitate towards a drug or alcohol for sleep instead of trying anything natural first.
A sleep mask may be all you really need and it’s way safer and better than drinking alcohol or taking a dangerous prescription drug.
May Help with Dry Eyes
This is a big one for me because I spend so much time staring at a screen for my work. Using a sleep mask helps keep my eyes from getting as dry and helps me to function regularly. It will protect your eyes from the HVAC system in your home, which is a big deal. We are even in a very humid climate and I can suffer from dry eyes if I am not using my sleep mask regularly.
The benefits of sleep masks go on and on, but these are the main ones. If you’re looking to become more productive, become healthier, experience more personal growth and get better sleep, you need a good sleep mask.