If you have trouble falling or staying asleep, you may have considered using a sleep mask. Sleep masks are designed to block out light and create a dark environment, which can be helpful for people who are sensitive to light, have trouble sleeping in well-lit rooms or who might work night shifts or travel often. But are sleep masks good for you? Here’s what you need to know:
Sleep masks can help you fall asleep.
Light is one of the main cues that tells your body it’s time to be awake. During the day, light exposure suppresses a natural hormone called melatonin, which is produced in the brain. Melatonin hormone simply tells your brain it’s time for sleep. Conversely, exposure to darkness tells the brain to start producing melatonin.
Increase the amount of sleep you get.
As well as helping you fall asleep faster3, sleep masks my also increase the amount of sleep you get, which can improve many things including concentration and focus, irritability and mood, and reaction times.3 In fact the health benefits of a good night’s sleep are seemingly endless. If you’d like to learn more, check out this article: What health issues can arise from not getting enough sleep.
Sleep masks can be helpful for people with certain medical conditions. For example, patients in a coronary care unit are at risk of sleep deprivation. Sleep deprivation can be associated with increased blood pressure and heart rate, raising the risk of developing cardiovascular problems among coronary care unit patients. However, a study of cardiac patients in a coronary care unit found that wearing a sleep mask significantly improved their quality of sleep.4
Sleep masks can be used in a variety of settings.
Sleep masks are portable and can be used in a variety of settings, including at home, on a plane, or in a hotel room. This makes them a convenient and effective tool for improving sleep quality no matter where you are.
Are they safe?
Sleep masks are generally considered safe to use, as long as they are used properly.5 It is important to choose a sleep mask that is comfortable and fits well, as a poorly fitting mask could cause irritation or pressure on the eyes. It is also a good idea to wash your sleep mask regularly to prevent the build-up of bacteria.
Are sleep masks good for you?
So, are sleep masks good for you? The short answer is yes. The slightly longer answer is -anything that helps you get a good night’s sleep is going to be good for your health. Just make sure to choose a comfortable and well-fitting mask that can be washed. Check out the Dreamlight range here.