Try a Sleep Mask and Stop Counting Sheep

Here are several great sleep masks to help improve your nights and naps

Woman sleeping with sleep mask
Block out the light and get a good rest with the right sleep mask.Alaska Bear

Some people can sleep through a day at the beach or even with a rattling train or jackhammers working nearby. Others need to block out every ray of light and sound in the vicinity. For those folks - thankfully - there are sleep masks out there. A great sleep mask should block out as much light as possible without feeling as if you’re wearing a dive mask and snorkel to bed. A mask should provide for easy movements of the eye - especially during REM sleep - but also stay in place during the night. Here are a few sleep masks we recommend.

MZOO Sleep Eye Mask
This sleep set has everything you need including an eye mask, earplugs and a travel pouch.MZOO

This 3D design from MZOO aims to give you plenty of free eye movement. The low-rebound memory foam is super soft so you might feel like there’s no mask on at all. A soft adjustable buckle in the back holds the mask in place. Clean it simply by hand washing and air drying.

Alaska Bear Memory Foam Sleep Mask
This model promotes an “invisible mask” feel.Alaska Bear

Many people who have tried - unsuccessfully - to use sleep masks will tell you the struggle is finding a mask that doesn’t feel like it’s gripping your face. Alaska Bear’s goal is to solve that challenge - the result is this ergonomic, form-fitting model that promises to keep light leak to a bare minimum. It’s also machine-washable.

Manta Sleep Mask
This mask is designed for a personalized fit.Manta

Am I the only one chuckling at the manufacturers’ names for sleep masks? When it comes to putting something soothing around my head, Alaska bears and manta rays don’t conjure up feelings of comfort and bliss. Maybe it’s reverse psychology because these truly are the most-respected brands in the sleep business. The claim to fame from this model by Manta are the customizable eye cups. This set includes earplugs and a carrying bag so it’s great for travelers and midday nappers.

LULUSILK Mulberry Silk Sleep Eye Mask
Don’t let the color deter you; this extra-soft mask is available in 11 different hues.LULUSILK

When you daydream - because you had a bad night of sleep last night - about sleep masks, a silky number like this is probably the first image that comes to mind. This mask is made of 100 percent mulberry silk on both sides - the filling is silk as well. It’s hypoallergenic so it’s ideal for those with sensitive skin. It’s low profile design makes it a good pick for side sleepers too.

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