For most sleepers, a cool, dark, and noiseless room is an ideal environment for slumber. But when your room is brightly lit or dimming the lights isn't an option, sleep masks come to the rescue. Sleep masks look like simple eye covers that keep light away from your eyes. In reality, the design and material of such a mask decide how well you are going to snooze.Â
Even though all look identical, very few masks are designed for comfort. Some also have additional features to improve the overall sleeping experience. To help you choose the right product, we have compiled a list of the best sleep masks available in the market.
Slip Silk Sleep Mask
If you love how natural silk fabric feels against your skin, then Slip Silk Sleep Mask is the one for you. Made of 100% 22-momme silk, which is considered one of the better silk qualities, the mask combines luxury and comfort to give an incredibly smooth feeling to your eyes.Â
The long-fibre, mulberry silk fabric used in the mask has other benefits in addition to comfort. Both the outer cover and the inner liner are made of the same silk, making it purely luxurious. With the moisture-wicking properties of the fabric, the mask keeps itself dry and prevents any microbial growth. Silk, in general, is also known for its anti-allergenic properties. To complement this, Slip has only used non-toxic dyes, so you can be sure of an irritation-free experience.Â
Additionally, silk fabric is also beneficial for your beauty sleep. With the high-quality fabric of Slip Silk Sleep Mask, you can say goodbye to wrinkles and skin damage, as it creates minimum friction. For someone particular about appearance, the mask comes in 10 beautiful, subtle colours. But be careful when choosing your shade, as softer colours permit light slightly when compared to darker colours like black and navy blue.Â
Slip Silk Sleep Mask doesn't have an irritating velcro band, nor does it have an elastic that is too tight around your head. The band is also made of silk cover in a scrunchie-like shape. With a comfortable wrap, it stays in place throughout the night without disturbing your rest.Â
Comfort aside, it also serves the true purpose of a sleep maskâ€“blocking the light. For people who are sensitive to light but hate the discomfort of sleep masks, this product is a good investment. With a tag of $50, Slip Silk Sleep Mask is priced on the higher side. But with quality this good, and a crafting experience of over ten years, Slip surely delivers for the price.
Alaska Bear Natural Silk Sleep Mask
If you aren't in the mood to splurge on money but are still looking for quality, then Alaska Bear Natural Silk Sleep Mask is an excellent option. The mask is entirely made of high-quality silk fabric on both sides. Unlike sleep masks made of synthetic fabric, silk masks are breathable and hypoallergenic.
This means that your eyes and skin get plenty of airflow, even when you wear them for prolonged hours. Even if you have sensitive skin which gets easily irritated, you will find the Alaska Bear Silk Mask soothing and soft on your skin.Â
Unlike most sleep masks, the elastic band has an adjustable slider to change the length of the band. This is convenient when compared to other adjustable straps such as velcro. Velcro straps can easily entangle your hair or other clothes, making them difficult and sometimes painful to use. The sliding adjuster is smooth and simply moves along the length of the band without entangling into anything.
Since the mask has a silk layer on both sides, it can be used reversibly. Though adjusting the band will be harder when flipped, once adjusted, you should have no problem using either side of it.Â
This top-selling sleep mask is a feast for the eyes--literally. It comes in a beautiful golden mesh package and looks larger than a regular sleep mask. But aesthetics aren't everything. The soft mask covers your entire eye area along with the forehead and temples. This is due to the larger build of the mask when compared to other masks.Â
You may find it difficult to open your eyes when wearing the mask, but this doesn't mean that it uncomfortably presses against your eyes. With a snug pressure that you can't feel, the mask locks the light outside. Since the mask covers the area outside your eyes, you don't have to worry about readjusting it during the night. This is great for side-sleepers as some masks tend to move to one side, uncovering the eye and making you uncomfortable.
Alaska Bear Natural Silk Mask sits flat on your face, which gives a slight window for light to enter from below. But this isn't bothersome for a regular sleeper unless you are extremely sensitive to light. Overall, the mask gives excellent coverage and comfort at a budget-friendly price.
Mavogel Cotton Sleep Eye Mask
For someone who dislikes silk, a silk sleep mask can be pretty uncomfortable. Only a handful of sleep masks made of other materials stand out in terms of quality and comfort. Mavogel Cotton Sleep Eye Mask is one such product that we love, despite it being made of cotton.
Mavogel takes care of making their sleep mask especially comfortable by only using premium cotton. And this isn't arranged in one but five different breathable layers. The feather-light touch is non-irritating, even for sensitive skin. Since cotton is a natural fabric, it also doesn't cause any allergies.
What's special about Mavogel Cotton Sleep Eye Mask is the new design which is based on research and customer feedback. Several changes in the overall design make the sleep mask ergonomic and comfortable.
For example, the mask has longer, wider straps and a buckle position on the backside. This ensures that the strap fits almost everyone, and the buckle won't bother your ears.
Another notable feature is the triangle wing at either side of the mask, which sits closer to the ear. At first glance, this might look like an aesthetic feature, but it serves two purposes. First, it takes the pressure off your eyes, so you don't feel like you are wearing an eye mask. Second, it helps the mask fit better around our head, so you don't have to adjust its position even during overnight use. The snug fit keeps the mask in place, even if you are a side-sleeper.
The mask also has bending cartilage made of carbon steel. This cartilage sits on your nose, and you can bend it to adjust how the mask sits on your eyes. Mavogel Cotton Sleep Eye Mask is tested in various setups. Whether you want a short nap in the office, on a flight, or a prolonged sleep at night, the mask does an excellent job at blocking light.
To ensure the best quality, Mavogel Cotton Sleep Eye Mask is completely handmade. From cutting to sewing the pieces together, the mask goes through an elaborate procedure that gives the mask a clean finish.
Gravity Weighted Sleep Mask
Gravity is a company famous for making some of the best-weighted blankets. In recent years, they have launched a weighted sleep mask to complement their blanket range.Â
These sleep masks are unlike many on this list as they are designed to apply pressure on the face, but just at the right places. The Gravity Weighted Sleep Mask is made of imitation cashmere fabric. Apart from the outer cover, it also contains an insert filled with glass beads that are responsible for the weight.
These glass beads are tiny and apply pressure on the areas surrounding the eyes. The insert contains multiple stitches in such a way that the beads are evenly distributed and don't weigh down on your eyes and eyeballs. Tiny velcros on the insert keep it in place inside the cover. A small zipper lets you remove the insert, so you can clean only the cover.Â
For a weighted product, the Gravity Sleep Mask is surprisingly comfortable. Gravity claims that the weight evenly distributes on your pressure points, which can be seen in the fact that the mask has a calming effect on the user. While it is not made of natural fabric, the mask doesn't feel uncomfortable at all.
The only downside of Gravity Weighted Sleep Mask is its unsuitability for side and stomach sleepers. While back sleepers will find it extremely comfortable, other sleepers might be bothered when the beads push into their face. A change in sleeping position also moves the mask out of place, disrupting sleep.Â
If you are someone who sleeps on their back, the mask is a must-have. The quality and technology of the product are unmatched, and once again, Gravity has aced in the weighted sleep products section.
Smug Satin Sleep Mask
Another non-silk sleep mask, Smug, manages to take its place in the best sleep masks list, thanks to the super-soft satin material and an ergonomic design.
Created to give you a sound sleep, Smug is made of lightweight and highly breathable satin fabric. This allows airflow and helps your skin breathe as you sleep through the night. Breathable masks also keep you from sweating, so you don't wake up feeling unclean and tired.Â
The satin fabric also has a lower amount of microfibres when compared to other fabrics. Microfibres rub on your skin and cause friction, leading to wrinkles, fine lines, and crow's feet. But Smug Satin's high-quality cloth ensures that your skin is protected and there is no irritation on the thin skin surrounding your eyes.
Though the band isn't adjustable, it is highly stretchable and also covered in satin. The length of the band makes it suitable for almost any head size, while the satin cover ensures that your hair stays safe without entangling in the band.Â
The design of Smug fits ""smugly"" on your face, so you don't have to do micro-adjustments to make sure the mask stays on your eyes. As it is dark black, it blocks out most light to provide you with the right sleeping ambience. Moreover, the sleep mask works in almost any place--whether it is a brightly lit office or the living room with light from the TV.Â
Unlike some other masks, Smug Satin Sleep Mask doesn't have too many features. But this is what we love about the product. It is a simple, no-fuss sleep mask that delivers exactly what it claims.
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