Sleep Eye Mask
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A sleep mask can help you get a better night's sleep by blocking out artificial light and helping to maintain hormone balance
Researchers who study sleep are pretty unanimous in the assessment that the darker your room, the better your sleep. But most of us don’t live in caves, and so the only way to make your bedroom totally dark is with blackout curtains—a costly proposition if you’ve got big windows. As an alternative, you can simulate darkness by using a sleep mask to keep ambient light (or, if you’re a day-sleeper, daylight) from hitting your eyes.
The primary reason that those scientists say you need darkness for good sleep is actually evolutionary
Humans—and our pre-human ancestors—are naturally diurnal, meaning we’re awake during the day and sleep at night. For thousands of years before electric lights allowed us to keep working or socializing late into the evening, humans naturally slept while it was dark and were awake during the day. Our brains are hard-wired into associating darkness with sleep, and they produce more melatonin (the hormone that controls our sleep and wake cycles) when they sense an absence of light.
In addition to increased melatonin production, scientists have also linked dark sleeping conditions to increased time in REM sleep and decreased wakefulness—meaning you’re more likely to sleep deeply and to sleep through the night. And they’ve found these benefits with sleep masks, not just in dark rooms.
Because our brains associate darkness with sleep, it may be possible to utilize a sleep mask in muting the “noise” in our brains that’s keeping us up at night
Sleep masks also make it impossible for you to open your eyes and look at the temptations and distractions around your room or at your alarm clock, which sleep scientists say should be out of sight from your sleeping position anyway.
Aside from undermining our sleep quality, light exposure has been linked to a number of other troubling health problems.
Sleep masks solve all these problems related to intrusive light, granting the total darkness you deserve for great sleep. By sitting directly over your eyes, they can create a pitch-black environment in the brightest of bedrooms.
They’re safer than medication or alcohol
Because sleep masks trick your brain into believing it’s time for sleep, they’re a low-risk, non-chemical alternative to more conventional sleep products, but you may find they’re just as effective. A lot of people who have trouble sleeping use sleeping pills or self-medicate with alcohol in order to get some rest. But pharmaceutical sleeping products —even non-prescription ones—can be habit-forming or come with side effects. And alcohol not only comes with the same risks as sleeping pills, but it also disrupts your sleep cycle and has a negative impact on the overall quality of your rest.
They might help prevent dry eyes.
If you centrally heat or cool your home, dry air is filling your room and blowing on you while you’re sleeping—and, it can also stir up dust and pet hair that you didn’t even notice was lying around. A sleep mask, however, can create a protective barrier over your eyes and protect them from your HVAC.
Sleep masks can also be helpful to people who have nocturnal lagopthalmos—the inability to close their eyes fully when they sleep. Because our eyes need the protection and lubrication our lids offer, people who can’t close their lids fully can experience extremely dry eyes, and may even suffer permanent damage. Sleep masks can help mitigate this, by creating a closed environment around the eye
They can be good for your skin
When you wake up with the impressions of your wrinkled pillowcase on your face, it doesn’t just look funny: over time, it can actually lead to wrinkles. If you sleep on your side or stomach, the combination of the pressure against your skin and any rubbing on your pillowcase that makes these impressions can lead to collagen breakdown—which means crow’s feet. You can try a special pillow or pillowcase to help this, or you can attempt to learn to sleep on your back, but if you’re happy with your sleeping habits, you can also get a sleep mask to protect the delicate skin around your eyes, where many people’s wrinkles first form. The sleep mask serves as a protective layer between you and your pillow and so that you’re less likely to wake up with sheet lines and therefore less likely to suffer collagen breakdown as rapidly.
Light is a crucial factor in the regulation of your body’s circadian rhythm, the biological schedule that dictates sleep and wakefulness, we’re inundated with artificial light that can disrupt our sleep schedules. Even when we darken our bedrooms to the greatest extent possible, light from the street or other rooms has a habit of creeping in. Accordingly, our bodies receive mixed messages from the outside environment and our circadian rhythm suffers.
Even better, sleep masks tend to be more affordable than alternative measures, such as blackout shades. They’re also superior to blackout shades in one essential way: They can block out blue light from devices inside your bedroom.
Indeed, the blue light that emanates from your smartphone and other screens has been shown to disrupt sleep cycles, much like the light from outside sources. When it’s time to limit your exposure and drift off to sleep, a sleep mask can block out the phone’s light.
✴ Exposure to light during sleep interferes with your sleep cycle. The sleep mask completely blocks out all light and visual stimuli so you can nap or sleep soundly. Pull out this incredibly lightweight, comfortable eye mask anywhere - in a bed, on a flight, on a long car ride, while camping - and enjoy uninterrupted, deep, restful sleep.
✴ Our Sleep Mask is specially made with no pressure on the eyes that offer a protective curve, keeping the fabric away from your eyelids as you rest. The cushioned pockets above your eyes allow for normal blinking and eye movement. In this way, it will keep your eyes shielded from light without smudging eye make-up or compressing your face, eyelids, and eyelashes while you sleep.
✴ Sleep Mask uniquely contours to your face and eyelids for maximum sleeping comfort. It is ideal for insomnia, migraine headaches and dry-eye sufferers, as the breathable, natural fiber allows healthy oxygen in while keeping dry air out. Look and feel well-rested, refreshed, and energetic. out. Look and feel well-rested, refreshed, and energetic.
✴ The soft adjustable strap won't tangle hair,To form the most comfortable fit in any sleep position. in a bed, on a flight, on a long car ride, while camping - and enjoy uninterrupted, deep, restful sleep.
✴ Unique and special shape to allow free eye movement. Can breathe freely and Without a sense of oppression with it.
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