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All about eye/sleep mask

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 12, 2010 at 7:42 PM

I do not have the possibility of a pitch black bedroom setting, so I decided to invest in a sleep mask.

I'm wondering what are your experiences with these things, on what should one be on a lookout when buying (materials and stuff) and if you have any specific product recommendations.

Thank you and be well

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32564)

on August 19, 2011
at 02:30 AM

My sleep mask works just fine. And we have a street light outside that shines in.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on August 15, 2011
at 11:19 AM

Thank God for my black out room... now, what to do with my chihuahua who wants to wake me up on purpose...

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on August 15, 2011
at 11:11 AM

ok, gross. I'm throwing mine in the wash.

4ff24fb9a7d48305681487dfb8040a5e

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on September 26, 2010
at 10:00 PM

because he says that not only your eyes but also your skin registers the brightness. Thus, a sleep mask may not be as effective.

9f8111d9ecaa64ea098a0860b47300e0

on September 26, 2010
at 02:00 AM

I have used the mask and a knit cap and find I prefer the cap for the best sleep.

84666a86108dee8d11cbbc85b6382083

(2399)

on July 13, 2010
at 05:51 PM

Off to shopping I am ;)

13c5a9f1678d75b93f269cdcf69f14d5

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on July 13, 2010
at 04:05 AM

Ryan - with your gluten intolerance etc, needing more sleep and getting it, might be a good thing for awhile. Give it a bit more time. Be sure to keep an eye on your iron and vitamin D levels too. I like my sleep mask (tempurpedic) and it blocks the light really well, but I don't think it causes me to need less sleep. It just improves the quality of the sleep.

Ae011d9f1c8654ea66854ca2a977c397

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on July 13, 2010
at 02:50 AM

Do you find that you need less sleep or are more alert during the day with the mask? I sleep about 9-9.5 hrs a night and would really like to get that down to 8ish w/out feeling exhausted or resorting to caffeine

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F0978a2a1c37d2a3d4ec6344c0c4ff82

on July 13, 2010
at 04:08 PM

I'm a nurse and work nights and have been using a sleep mask for daytime sleeping for probably seven years now. I find it essential for staying asleep during daylight hours. If I fail to wear it, I'll wake up after an hour or two and have a hard time getting back to sleep. The ones that I use (I have 4) my wife received as "free gifts" with the purchase of some girly god-knows-what from some department store but they very closely resemble these cheap masks at Amazon.

The feature that I find most important is the strap - particularly that it is a thin and two piece so that one strap can go above my ear around the crown of my head and the other can go below my ear around the base of my skull. (This is similar to how we wear the N95 respirators in the hospital.) Single strap masks I've tried just will not conform to my head enough to keep the light out and tend to be uncomfortable to me as the straps are thick and too tight. Other than that, you'll have to experiment with a few and see what you like best. Some shapes may irritate the bridge of your nose more than others but a lot of it is just going to come down to personal taste.

Whichever ones you choose, don't forget to wash them periodically or you'll end up with zits or worse. You sweat more in your sleep than you may realize, and eyebrows and eyelashes are home to a lot of little mites in about 50% of us. A buildup of those mites in the mask may inflame allergies or asthma. I wash my masks in an old tied-off pillow case so that those little straps that I love don't get destroyed in the washing machine.

84666a86108dee8d11cbbc85b6382083

(2399)

on July 13, 2010
at 05:51 PM

Off to shopping I am ;)

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on August 15, 2011
at 11:11 AM

ok, gross. I'm throwing mine in the wash.

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62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

(20807)

on July 13, 2010
at 05:14 AM

I find that stuff touching my face is distracting and irritating. Once I get used to it, I do fall asleep, but by the time I wake up, the thing is always no longer on my face. I must be removing it somehow during sleep.

Besides, I am not yet sold on the need to have a pitch black sleeping environment. When the moon is out, the outside light is brighter than the little bit of light from the nightlight and the LED in my clock so I find it hard to imagine that Grok would not be able to sleep well in comparable lighting. Plus when the Northridge earthquake hit and all the glass broke in my room, and I could not find my darned shoes in the pitch dark (all power went out) with all the junk from my shelves now littered all over the floor, well let us just say that I wished really bad I had one of those emergency power outage nightlights plugged in right then. And now I DO have one of those and still sleep just fine (except for when the cat jumps violently onto my stomach..I guess Grok would probably have eaten the cat by now..) -Eva

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61b5b9ca6e1771391d4ba234d1668370

on August 19, 2011
at 01:36 AM

Has anyone tried a LUMI Mask? http://lumimask.com/ meant to block out the light and has a wake up feature that simulates a rising sun. Curious if it works or is just a waste of coin.

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Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32564)

on August 19, 2011
at 02:29 AM

This is my fave:

http://www.amazon.com/Aroma-Home-Silk-Mask-Black/dp/B003Q6T7KY

Filled with Lavender, but I have washed it and air-dried it and it seems fine. I wore my first one out after two year & just replaced it.

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218f4d92627e4289cc81178fce5b4d00

on August 15, 2011
at 12:03 PM

I use them only for daytime naps, which I love to take. I find if I sleep with one on at night time, unless its glued to my head it will absolutely come off during the night.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on August 15, 2011
at 11:19 AM

I have 2 sleep masks. One I got at Brookstone; is fuzzy and comfy, but made for smaller heads. I like the feel of the snugness thought, and the pressure helps w bags. I have a satin one that is looser and is comfortable, but not as good as blocking out the light. with my insomnia, I would never get a wink of sleep during the day if it weren't for my Brookstone eye mask.

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3674568bb8a3b5a746267d9643f64969

on October 22, 2010
at 01:23 PM

How about the safety for your eyes as in oxygen deprivation? Any comments on this. I love my eye mask but notice that my eyes may be dryer and my vision may be a little less sharp, needing to blink more often with a little more blurring.

Any suggestions or directions out there?

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522327810bb5d422055bd480cb487e7d

on September 25, 2010
at 04:32 PM

If i'm not mistaken his holiness Robb Wolf said ditch the mask and black out your room. I wonder why he's so anti face mask?

4ff24fb9a7d48305681487dfb8040a5e

(383)

on September 26, 2010
at 10:00 PM

because he says that not only your eyes but also your skin registers the brightness. Thus, a sleep mask may not be as effective.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on August 15, 2011
at 11:19 AM

Thank God for my black out room... now, what to do with my chihuahua who wants to wake me up on purpose...

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32564)

on August 19, 2011
at 02:30 AM

My sleep mask works just fine. And we have a street light outside that shines in.

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5cc9908801b79ff820bbc1eb7ac01b8f

on September 25, 2010
at 04:00 PM

I used this one in the past (from Amazon). http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000CCI4YU/ref=wms_ohs_product

It blocks light well, is comfortable and stays on, but husband made fun of me and called it my Batman mask.

I now use this one from Ulta (Earth Therapeutics Sleep Mask): http://bit.ly/brpBey

It's fuzzy and comfortable, and does what I need. And is much more attractive than the Batman mask. Comes in a non-threatening tan color too.

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0bc6cbb653cdc5e82400f6da920f11eb

(19245)

on July 12, 2010
at 08:49 PM

I've tried a few different ones and never found one that completely blocks out all light and lets me sleep on my side. However this is the best one I've found so far and the one I use.

http://www.amazon.com/Dream-Essentials-Luxury-Sleep-Earplugs/dp/B00164TQ36/ref=pd_sbs_hpc_1

It has inset bits so it doesn't touch your eyes, manages to stay on me most of the time and blocks out almost all light. The first one I had lasted about 10 years before it started looking abit worn.

Edit: I don't think it affects my duration of sleep much but it helps me get to sleep and prevents the sun disturbing my sleep. Here in Scotland the sun is rising before 5am now. My bedroom has two large windows with thin curtains and there are many city lights shining in.

Ae011d9f1c8654ea66854ca2a977c397

(1165)

on July 13, 2010
at 02:50 AM

Do you find that you need less sleep or are more alert during the day with the mask? I sleep about 9-9.5 hrs a night and would really like to get that down to 8ish w/out feeling exhausted or resorting to caffeine

13c5a9f1678d75b93f269cdcf69f14d5

(2339)

on July 13, 2010
at 04:05 AM

Ryan - with your gluten intolerance etc, needing more sleep and getting it, might be a good thing for awhile. Give it a bit more time. Be sure to keep an eye on your iron and vitamin D levels too. I like my sleep mask (tempurpedic) and it blocks the light really well, but I don't think it causes me to need less sleep. It just improves the quality of the sleep.

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B4313b18cc03036a6147543d7b0872d6

(566)

on July 14, 2010
at 02:51 AM

I tried a mask, but opted for a knit cap, pulled down over the eyes, instead. It darkens the room and warms the head: both of which have improved my sleep.

9f8111d9ecaa64ea098a0860b47300e0

on September 26, 2010
at 02:00 AM

I have used the mask and a knit cap and find I prefer the cap for the best sleep.

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