Trouble Sleeping? A Sleep Mask Could Be a Game-Changer

It’s probably fair to say that the three main enemies of sleep are light, noise and stimulants, such as caffeine.

Whether the light is artificial, or natural, or the glow of your phone, tablet or TV screen, it can have a major impact on your ability to sleep.1

That’s because we all have a tiny pinecone-shaped organ that resides in the brain called the pineal gland, that secretes a hormone call melatonin.2

Exposure to darkness tells the pineal gland to start producing melatonin while exposure to light causes that production to stop.Melatonin helps regulate our circadian rhythm or body clock and synchronize our sleep-wake cycle, so we’re asleep when we should be and awake when we need to be.3 Melatonin is usually released a couple of hours before your normal bedtime1 (which is why going to bed at the same time each night is a good idea).

In contrast, exposure to light shuts down production of melatonin.4

So, if you’re looking to improve your ability to sleep, blocking out unwanted light could be a game changer. (If you want to block out unwanted noise, check out this article here)

However, there are more to masks than meet the eye – pun intended. In addition to light, noise and caffeine, lack of comfort can also ruin sleep. Whether it’s the temperature of the bedroom, or the quality of the bed or pillow, comfort matters. And that goes for sleeping masks too.

When you’re considering a sleeping mask, it’s important that it fits well, to effectively block out the light. But it’s also important that it’s comfortable – eight hours is a long time (if that’s the length of sleep time you’re aiming for).

The range of masks from Dreamlight have harnessed technology to ensure comfort without compromise.

More than 3,000 people from all over the world underwent advanced 3D facial mapping. This helped greatly in the design process by guiding the cushion distribution around sensitive facial areas. So, they’re not just great at blocking out 100% of the light, but very comfortable too.

They’re also easy to wash.

Can a sleep mask change your life? Well, a study investigating the impact of just 5 minutes of light exposure through the evening, (for example, a bathroom visit from your partner), found this delays melatonin release by a staggering 2.3 hours, leading to the inability to sleep through the night, and greater morning fatigue.5

Sounds like a game-changer to us…

Sources:

1. https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/wellness-and-prevention/melatonin-for-sleep-does-it-work

2. https://www.endocrineweb.com/endocrinology/overview-pineal-gland

3. https://www.sleepfoundation.org/melatonin

4. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/melatonin-and-sleep#how-it-works

5. https://dreamlightmasks.com.au/the-number-1-reason-you-cant-sleep-at-night-light/

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