Do eye masks actually help you sleep?

Struggling to get to sleep at night is something we can all say we've struggled with. We have our hands up!  

The good news is, that there are a lot of ways to combat this. Seriously, look at our website! Jokes aside, an eye mask is one of our favourite sleep aids because they work.  

What is an eye mask - who typically uses them?  

Eye masks, or sleep masks, work by blocking out any kind of artificial light that could be stopping you from falling asleep at night. Light can make our sleep-wake pattern go out of whack! Eye masks can benefit anyone who needs them, however, they're mostly used by shift workers, people who travel a lot or those who don't have blackout curtains.  

Are they safe to use? 

Some people have concerns over eye masks not allowing the skin to breathe or ruining false eyelashes. However, wearing an eye mask has been linked in some cases to help those with eye conditions like dry eyes or styes. You will only feel the benefits of an eye mask if you purchase the right one for you. When purchasing, look for an eye mask with: 

  • Eye indentations 
  • Silky smooth fabric 
  • Breathable  
  • Blackout  
  • Adjustable 

Our Total Blackout Eye Mask is loved by many as it is a mask that manages to block light and provide a comforting experience - even if you're a side sleeper!  

A few of the endless benefits of eye masks:

They block light  

This one might sound like a given, but a lot of people don't know the true purpose of purchasing an eye mask. A lot see them as being superficial or something only a woman uses. Many studies have shown that our circadian rhythm is impacted by light, making an eye mask very useful if the lighting in your sleeping environment is out of your control.  

Can help prevent insomnia 

Insomnia is a sleeping disorder that as many as 16 million UK adults suffer from. On top of this, nearly half of the country has trouble falling asleep at least once a month. If this sounds like you, then an eye mask might be the answer you're looking for.  

Removes distractions 

Is your phone screen constantly flashing with notifications just before you go to sleep? Even if your eyes are closed, you're going to notice. Unfortunately, checking just one notification can turn into hours and hours of scrolling very easily. An eye mask can stop this from happening by blocking out any artificial light that might be keeping you from drifting off.  

Yes, they do work 

Although eye masks are certainly not a one size fits all sleep aid, they've helped many people get a more restful sleep. If you're a shift worker, travel a lot, or don't own blackout curtains then the chances are you need an eye mask in your life. Your health depends greatly on how much sleep you get so make sure to put yourself first and find what sleep aid works best for you!