A sleep mask could be the answer to your restless sleep, or to the fact that you wake too early and can’t get back to sleep. Consider the many situations in which a sleep mask could have helped you sleep longer or more deeply.
For those people who work an off shift – whether it’s the 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. shift or the 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. shift – sleeping during the day often becomes quite a challenge for a couple of reasons. The most common reason is simply the effect of daylight on our bodies. We are typically accustomed to sleeping during the dark, nighttime hours and being awake when the sun is shining. Even if you darken your windows, the potential for the sun to shine into the room is there. If there’s even the slightest crack in your window coverings, you may sense it even while asleep. That’s where a sleep mask becomes an important part of helping you to sleep longer and more soundly.
Typically, a sleep mask is a very dark covering for your eyes. Most sleep masks are comfortable and adjustable so that you will quickly become used to them and forget you’re even wearing a sleep mask.
Daytime sleepers aren’t the only ones who find that a sleep mask is helpful in getting a good night’s rest. If you have children in the house who require a nightlight, you may be constantly waking because of that light. The same may be true if you have a partner who stays awake longer than you, keeping a light on to read, or if your partner rises very early. Either way, a sleep mask may be what it takes to help your body ignore the lights and continue with a deep, restful sleep.
If the problem that keeps you awake is a combination of light and sound, you may still benefit from a sleep mask. But how can a covering for your eyes help eliminate noise? There are some new sleep mask options that include coverings for your ears. You’ll find the Sleep Master, located online at www.sleepmaster.bigstep.com/, offers a “revolutionary” system to muffle sound. Another option is at www.hibermate.com. This product features removable ear pillows that help eliminate sound in addition to the sleep mask’s function of cutting out the light.
Finding a sleep mask to suit your needs probably isn’t going to be difficult. You’ll find that they range in price from just a few dollars to more than $30, depending on the function and look you want. But is it worth the cost? If wearing a sleep mask helps you get the quality rest you need, you’ll probably decide that it was well worth the investment.