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If there's one thing we don't play about, it's sleep! We love seizing the day as much as the next person, but there's truly no better feeling than laying your head on a hotel-worthy pillow, burying yourself in some insanely soft sheets, and catching some serious Zzz's. And while some people need comfy pajamas or their fave scent poured into an oil diffuser, a good nighttime routine just isn't complete without an i-n-c-r-e-d-i-b-l-e sleep mask. Sorry, we don't make the rules.
Whether you prefer a sleep mask that's light as a feather or a weighted sleep mask to help ease anxiety, there's something about being forced into complete darkness that will take your REM cycle to a whole other level. Not to mention, sleep masks can help relieve headaches, migraines, and tension. Even if you don't have issues falling asleep, these bbs are here to help you STAY asleep because there's nothing worse than waking up and still feeling tired.
Looking for an option filled with cooling gel (shoutout to all our hot sleepers!)? Or a sleep mask that feels just as soft as your silk sheets? No worries! We scoured le internet for the best sleep masks out there. Whatever your nighttime routine may be, we're sure you'll find the sleep mask of your dreams (HA, get it?). Just keep on scrolling to see which one has your name written allll over it.
Cotton Sleep Eye Mask
With over 81,400 ratings on Amazon, this super-soft eye mask will make you think it's 11 PM at 11 AM. Thanks to the bending cartilage design, you can adjust the nose area (where light tends to find its way in) so you can enjoy total darkness. Oh, and let's not forget about the super breathable cotton material that's literally like a pillow for your eyes.
Colors: Black and Grey
Sizes: One size
THE REVIEWS: "I use this sleep mask almost on a daily basis. I find it to be comfortable, with a good fit on my face. Its thick, plush and puts right amount of pressure on my eyes where it does not feel they are being forcibly shut. Highly recommend!!!," one user writes.
Weighted Silk Sleep Mask
If you're in a sleeping funk, consider this your sign to get a weighted sleep mask. As one of the few options available in two different sizes to ensure a secure fit, this silky sleep mask is filled with glass beads so that when you throw that bad boy in the freezer, it'll deliver some major de-puffing magic. And since it's designed with a wider band that covers your ears, it'll help drown out the sound of your upstairs neighbors. You're welcome.
Material: 100% Mulberry silk, 95% rayon/ 5% elastane lining, 100% polyester padding
Colors: Meditative Grey, Immersed Black, Deep Blue, and Hushed Tan
Sizes: Small and Large
THE REVIEWS: One reviewer writes, "I love this mask so much. It's perfectly weighted, even for a side sleeper, and is so soft just like all of my other Lunya items".
Blissy is already known for its pure silk pillowcases, so you can imagine how excited we were to see the brand offer sleep masks, too. Available in pretty much any color your heart desires, this mask will add a whole new layer to your nighttime routine that you didn't even know you needed...until now!
Material: 100% 22-Momme 6A Grade Mulberry Silk
Sizes: One size
THE REVIEWS: "I work nights and have gone through multiple sleep masks searching for the perfect one. I found it. It’s soft, doesn’t dig into the face, the strap is soft too and doesn’t get tangled in my hair. No Velcro to deal with! It’s wonderful," pens a reviewer.
When we hear the word "Tempur-Pedic," there's a sense of relaxation that automatically rushes over us. Considering the brand is known for keeping people comfortable, it only makes sense for them to create the ultimate sleep mask that will 1) leave you in complete darkness, 2) mold perfectly to your face, and 3) improve your sleep. It's kinda like the iconic mattresses but for your eyes.
Material: Memory foam
Sizes: One size
THE REVIEWS: "This sleep mask is very comfortable, soft and provides 100% block out of light. I love that there is no eye pressure due to the 3D contouring. Exactly what I was looking for," writes a user.
When it's time to turn off, this option will turn on your senses. Infused with a blend of lavender and flaxseed inside the copper-infused satin cover, this mask makes sleep feel luxurious (cause it is!). And when you want to switch the night routine up, throw this bb in the microwave or place it in the freezer for an experience that'll give a whole new meaning to "chilling."
Material: 100% cotton, copper-infused satin, fiber content 100% polyester, 98% golden flaxseeds, 2% lavender
Size: One size
THE REVIEWS: "This is the best mask I have ever owned. I have already ordered a second one to travel with. It is weighted just enough to help with headaches", pens a reviewer. "The insert can be heated or frozen. It is also adjustable and fits small and larger heads. This is a great cost and will give the more expensive masks a run for their money."
3D Contoured Cup Sleeping Mask
If it's pitch black you want, then it's pitch black you'll get. One reviewer even tested this option out by directly facing the sun! And, for my girls with long lashes, you'll love this mask's unique contoured memory foam eye design that puts virtually no pressure on your eyes like a flat eye mask would.
Material: Memory Foam
Colors: 7 options
Sizes: One size
THE REVIEWS: "This mask is the best I’ve ever had (and I’ve been using eye masks for 10 years)," writes a reviewer. "It completely blocks out light! I really like the curvature of the mask; it doesn’t press on my eyes as so many masks do. And it doesn’t flatten my eyelashes. The elastic band is comfortable. It doesn’t create a crease in my hair. The one con of this mask is that it’s a bit warm. That could be a me problem, though; I get hot while I’m asleep. I definitely recommend this eye mask."
Sleep Stone Mask
Going to bed with this Baloo sleep mask is every wellness lover's dream. Like, when was the last time you went to bed with all light blocked out, sounds muffled, AND your favorite crystal sitting within a hidden pocket over your third eye chakra? Never? Yea, that's why this bb is coming straight to bed with us.
Material: 100% Mulberry silk, polyester lining
Sizes: One size
THE REVIEWS: "I’ve struggled SO much with insomnia but after wearing this mask for a couple nights I’ve noticed that I feel more rested in the mornings and genuinely fall asleep so much faster," pens a user. "The fabric is super soft so I don’t even feel like I have an eye mask on - makes falling asleep all the more easier!"
Gel Bead Sleep Mask
Not all sleep masks are created equal, and thank goodness, because this one from Earth Therapeutics has us wanting to get in bed ASAP. The gel beads offer cooling relief after sitting in the fridge. Just place the soft fleece side of the mask over those tired eyes for less puffiness, less swelling, and even better sleep.
Material: 100% polyester
Sizes: One size
THE REVIEWS: "I initially bought the mask for sleeping purposes and thought it was an added bonus to wake up without really puffy eyes. I'm now in love with this product as my allergies are in full force and unfortunately my eyes are suffering the most. The cooling of the mask is helping the irritation so much," raves a reviewer.
Sleep Mask Silk Eye Cover with Contoured Interior Design
Silk on both sides, no pressure against the eyes, and 100% blackout? Sign us up! With over 37,000 reviews and a near 5-star rating, this sleep mask stuffed with lightweight foam will make you question everything about your night routine.
THE REVIEWS: One user writes, "I have bought so many sleeping masks but this is the one that has become my favorite. I enjoy the slight touch on my eyelids and the full darkness when I have it on is insane! The materials feel soft on my skin and the elastic doesn't bother me after making the proper adjustments. It’s simply a great product and will be purchasing more."
Okay, this sleep mask is no joke, y'all! As the most high-tech option on this list, there are some v good reasons why it costs a pretty penny—it offers a SmartRelax mode to help melt away stress with personalized vibration patterns, a Focus Mode to relieve eye strain with a combo of vibration and heat, and a Sleep Mode that'll massage your temples until you have no choice, but to fall into a deep sleep.
Material: 45% ABS/30% polycarbonate/20% polyester/5% steel
Sizes: One size
THE REVIEWS: "I am very impressed with how this device helps relax and calm me. I have a very stressful job and it is hard for me to shut down my mind when I am trying to go to bed. I love that I have options with the features such as heat, vibration etc. The app is user friendly and it is is amazing to see how my heart rate slows down after using this item. I love the different programs for focus and sleep. This will be a lifesaver for me going forward," says a user.
Migraines? Sorry, never heard of her! For those who suffer from pesky headaches instead of sweet dreams, this lightly weighted mask was made for you. Available in a ton of cute patterns, this option was designed without a strap because that's the last thing you need when your head is on 10.
Sizes: One size
THE REVIEWS: "The design was the first thing to catch my eye. Love the feel and the weight. Bought one for each of my daughters who suffer from migraines. They tried the mask and were very happy with the results. I think I might buy one for myself," writes a reviewer.
What to look for when buying a sleep mask
Not every sleep mask is created equal, so if you want to get the best one for you (and your sleeping habits), keep these things in mind:
Find the right material
Your eyes are one of your most sensitive features, so make sure you treat them as such. It's best to opt for soft materials that are gentle against the skin (think: silk or cotton) when shopping for a sleep mask. We recommend finding one with a soft, breathable fabric so you stay cozy (and cool) all night long.
Consider light blockage
Depending on how sensitive your eyes are to light, take into account how well the sleep mask you're eyeing blocks out light. Some are designed to block out 100% of light, while some are more geared towards other features. So, if you're the type to prefer falling asleep with the TV on, finding one that blocks all light won't be that big of a deal versus someone who needs total pitch darkness (psst—we suggest a mask that contours to your face).
Determine which weight is best for you
Do you want a lightweight eye mask to simply block out the light? Or do you want something heavier to help relieve pressure and anxiety? Although there isn't any scientific evidence to support the idea that weighted eye masks improve sleep, some people may prefer that feeling for extra relief similar to a weighted blanket.
How we chose the best sleep masks
Cosmo's lifestyle team spends all day, every day scouring the internet, testing products, and reading reviews just so that we can bring you the type of high-quality content we'd want for ourselves. And, let's just say that our standards are preeetttyyy dang high, TBH.
A couple of other very important things for us? We ensure that each of our shopping articles adheres to the 15 Percent Pledge, and we try to make sure the products we feature are good for both you and our planet. If we wouldn't buy something for ourselves, we definitely won't recommend it to you—this is a space for keeping it real.
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