Whether you’re trying to snooze in a bright plane cabin or a hotel room missing proper curtains, light can seriously mess with your sleep. Pack one of these sleep masks for instant darkness and stellar sleep.
Pack These Sleep Masks
Concerned about ruining your pristine makeup, or if your sleep mask will truly achieve total blackout? Try one of these sleep masks that could change your mind.
Baloo Living Sleep Stone Mask
Baloo Living’s Sleep Stone Mask pulls triple-duty. It’s light-blocking, noise-muffling, and calming thanks to an oversized design and hidden crystal pocket. This sleep mask comes with your choice of “sleep stone” crystal (amethyst for calming, purple fluorite, blue lace agate, or rose quartz) that tucks into a secret pocket over the third eye chakra.
The mask features a wide-wrapped velcro closure that lets you adjust for the perfect fit without getting it caught in your hair, and it’s made from a satin/spandex blend that’s comfortable and good for your hair and skin.
Bedtime Bliss Sleep Masks
When you are in the deepest stage of sleep, called rapid-eye movement, or REM cycle, your eyes move around underneath your eyelids. You don’t want to have anything restricting that movement: A sleep mask like Bedtime Bliss that’s contoured around your eyes is good at preventing this. Rather than pressing down on your eyelids, it gives your eyes the space to move freely as you dream.
Yala Silk Sleep Masks
If you’re going to wear something on your delicate eye area all night, it might as well be silk. The material is purported to help prevent wrinkles and breakouts when used as a sleep mask. Yala’s silk sleep masks have a 100 percent silk exterior, which feels soothing on your skin. The black silk lining helps block out light, and the two ultra-thin straps won’t annoy you when you’re laying down.
GoSleep Travel Sleeping System
Fall asleep sitting up and on a brightly lit airplane with the GoSleep Travel Sleeping System, which uses adjustable elastic straps: Loop them around the wings of your headrest, rather than your seatback to avoid annoying the person behind you. When attached to the sleep mask, they’ll keep your head from bobbing forward.
Lavender Silk Eye Pillow
Research has found that the smell of lavender can help induce sleep—or at least block out bad smells in your airplane cabin or hotel room. This Premium Lavender eye mask is filled with the herb, and it’s customizable—you can add or remove lavender until you get a comfortable fit.
IMAK Compression Pain Relief Mask and Eye Pillow
If you suffer from migraines, sinus pain, or puffy eyes, you’ll want to try the IMAK eye pillow, which is filled with tiny ergoBeads that conform to your face and give a gentle massaging effect. Pop it in the freezer for cooling relief and to help with puffy or swollen skin.
NodPod Weighted Sleep Masks
Weighted blankets are thought to provide a calming effect, which can reduce anxiety and help with insomnia—and are very trendy right now. But for a more travel-friendly version, try a weighted sleep mask like the NodPod, which uses microbeads as a form of deep-pressure touch therapy to help you sleep better and to alleviate stress.
Alaska Bear Sleep Masks
The Alaska Bear sleep masks are a cult favorite on Amazon, with a 4.5-star rating and nearly 10,000 customer reviews—and certain colors are only $5.99 price at time of writing. The sleep masks have an adjustable headband that will fit any head size. A small flap by the nose can be flipped for extra light-blocking power.
Puroni Blackout Sleep Mask
If you can’t stand anything touching your eyelids while you sleep, the Puroni Blackout Sleep Mask is for you. This sleep mask has deep, 3D-contoured domes that surround your eyes (rather than resting on them) so you’ll feel like you aren’t wearing anything on your face.
Travel Halo Sleep Mask
The Travel Halo looks like a visor pulled down over your face, but it’s actually a plush eye mask with two small pillows attached to the side, which will cradle your head and prevent it from falling down when you sleep sitting up. When you’re not using it, it rolls up for easy storage.
More from SmarterTravel:
- 10 Travel Gadgets to Help You Sleep Away from Home
- 10 Tiny Gadgets That Will Help You Sleep on the Plane
- 8 Neck Pillows That Won’t Embarrass You on the Plane
Caroline Morse Teel will shamelessly wear any of these sleep masks in public. Follow Caroline on Instagram @TravelWithCaroline for style and travel photos.
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