After looking at our chart and seeing which sleeping masks we think are the best, you may feel confident in taking our advice and purchasing one of those masks. If you still aren’t sure that any of those masks are perfect for you, you can look at some of the features that other shoppers thought were the most important.
Though we already looked at some of the materials, you should double-check that the material used is extremely breathable. Whether you want a mask that you can wear on a flight to another country or one you can wear while sleeping at home, the material should be both lightweight and breathable. This reduces the risk that you might overheat and get so hot that you keep waking up.
Some sleep masks come in a one-size-fits-all option that will fit any user. You can wear that mask while sleeping one night and then let your spouse or child borrow it the next night. Many of the products that we found and those that have the highest ratings online though will only fit adults. Kids wearing these masks will find that it keeps slipping down and letting light into their eyes. If you have the chance, you may want to try out the mask before you buy. When you put it on, make sure that it fits tightly over your eyes, that it doesn’t pinch your nose and that the mask stays in place as you move.
Not all sleep masks are exactly the same. One type that might appeal to you is a traditional sleep mask, which looks like a flat piece of fabric with curves that cover your eyes and nose. These masks are lightweight and come with an elastic or Velcro band/strap that fits around your head. Traditional masks do an efficient job of blocking both natural and artificial light as well as fluorescent light sources. If you sleep on your side, you can look for masks designed for side sleepers. Regardless of how much you move in your sleep, these masks won’t slip or slide.
You may want to consider a sleep mask that does more than just help you sleep. Aromatherapy masks are popular with those who like using different essential oils and herbs. These masks come with a bag that you can fill with the herb of your choice. You’ll then put the mask inside the bag and place it on your eyes. Cooling masks are similar but keep you cool and reduce the appearance of blemishes and problem spots around your eyes. With some of these products, you can put the mask right in the fridge or freezer to cool it down before using the mask on your face.