The 5 Best Sleep Masks of 2021, According to Sleep Experts

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Sleep is one of the most fundamental things we humans need for survival, yet too few of us are actually getting the recommended seven to nine hours a night, per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

But if you have problems falling or staying asleep, there’s a whole market of sleep products out there that might help. One of the simplest and most effective? Sleep masks.

“Nighttime light exposure can disrupt our internal circadian rhythm, and sleep masks work by blocking out artificial light,” explains Sunjya Schweig, MD, an expert in complex chronic illnesses and founder and president of the California Center for Functional Medicine. “In addition to blocking out ambient light to provide an opportunity for deeper and longer sleep, some people find that the gentle weight over their eyes helps them relax and fall asleep more easily.”

 Here are some of the best sleep masks of 2021, according to Dr. Schweig and other sleep experts.

1. Best Overall: MZOO Sleep Eye Mask

This sleep mask is made from memory foam that adjusts to fit your faces like a glove and high-quality fiber that’s soft against your skin.

Thanks to its contoured eyecups, it has a gentle but firm hold without applying any pressure to your actual eyelids. You can even open and close your eyes while wearing it. The adjustable buckle straps allow you to fully customize the fit, no matter your head circumference, and it is made from a gentle material that won’t catch on your hair.

Buy it:​ Amazon; ​Price:​ $19

2. Best on a Budget: Mavogel Cotton Sleep Eye Mask

Made from five layers of fabric, including cotton, elastic sponge, and Madeira — all of which are super breathable and sit lightly on the eye area — this mask morphs to fit your face and even has an area made specifically to sit on the bridge of your nose.

It’s larger than most other masks, which is why Nicole M. Avena, Ph.D., assistant professor of neuroscience at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and visiting professor of health psychology at Princeton University, is a big fan: The mask fully blocks out any light in your sleeping area, and it has adjustable straps that fit heads ranging from 19 to 29 inches.

Buy it:​ Amazon; ​Price:​ $10

3.  Best Luxury Buy: Tempur-Pedic Sleep Mask

If you’re already a fan of Tempur-Pedic products, it won’t surprise you to learn the company makes a sleep mask — and it’s just as comfortable as you’d imagine. Not only does it contour around your face with gentle pressure, thanks to the signature TEMPUR material, but it provides total darkness so you can get a more peaceful shut-eye.

The elastic straps are adjustable and comfortable and have a Velcro closure that stays firmly attached and in place. The only drawback, according to reviewers, is that the Tempur-Pedic material makes it a bit heavier than other sleep masks, although some people appreciate this weight and find that it helps them sleep more soundly.

Buy it:​ Amazon; ​Price:​ $29

4. Best Weighted: Nodpod Gentle Pressure Sleep Mask

You may have heard about the benefits of weighted blankets, including anxiety relief, comfort and security, relaxation and improved sleep quality, per the Sleep Foundation, so it only makes sense that a weighted sleep mask option would be available.

This one wraps around your head and gently ties in the back — almost like it’s giving your head a hug while you sleep. It’s made out of soft, velvety material and has 100 percent blackout features, preventing all light from reaching your eyes. Its scalloped edge contours tightly to your face and can be altered and adjusted.

If you’re sensitive to temperatures, you’ll appreciate that this sleep mask is dual-sided — one side has a cooling effect and the other has a warming effect.

Buy it:​ Amazon; ​Price:​ $34

5. Best Silk: Slip Silk Sleep Mask

If silk is a quality you’d like in your sleep mask, the pricing will be higher than most other materials — but that’s OK, because the softness makes all the difference, Avena says. Not only does it feel nice on the skin, but it provides a few extra beauty benefits to boot. “Silk can help combat wrinkling and skin irritation that other masks may encourage,” Avena says.

This mask is made out of 100 percent pure mulberry silk without toxic dyes that could lead to skin irritation. Also a perk: The design options are practically limitless — it comes in 32 variations of colors and prints so you can tailor your mask to your personality, or purchase more than one in different styles.

Buy it:​ Amazon; ​Price:​ $50


Author: Devika

Devika, M.Sc, NET Qualified is passionate about helping people discover the power of nourishing real food. She specializes in weight management, therapeutic nutrition, food allergies and intolerances, inflammatory diseases, gut health, and functional nutrition. Her approach blends a conventional health care and nutrition background with natural and science-based therapies.

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