I have trouble sleeping. Always have. No matter how exhausted I am during the day, by the time night rolls around, I just can't seem to get there. Over the years I have realized that there are a few thngs I can do to calm my roving mind (monkey mind, as they call it in Transcendental Meditation). Valerian teas, meditation, and eye masks help me greatly. You may not realize the significance of sleeping with an eye mask, unless you are a bartender, like I always was, or a third shift-er. Even the slightest bit of light (street lights shining through the curtains, digital alarm clocks, cell phones, cable boxes...) is registered through your eyelids, and can make it difficult for your brain to kick in the melatonin production necessary for a restful night's sleep. This is where a sleep mask can assist you.
I have always slept with a sleep mask, and even as a child- slept with a bandana over my eyes. I honestly cannot, at this point, sleep without total, and complete, darkness. I have tried every type of eye mask in existence, I feel, and I go so far as to buy them in bulk, as the elastic get worn out, or they end up lost, or in the wash occasionally.
There are the standard, flimsy, run-of-the-mill masks... You know- the kind you get on airplanes, or a drug store, or super market. I would rather tie a bandana around my head than use these. They never fit your head right, they move around, and let light in on either side of your nose. I deem them virtually useless.
There are decent masks with a second flap of fabric around the nose to block light, with adjustable head straps. Hooray for these. This is what I have been using for the past ten years or so. I have nice ones with plush fabrics, and double head bands so they don't move, when I move. These have carried me through my years of bartending, where you get home from work as the sun is rising, and those New-Mom afternoon naps.
The other day... my life changed. I was sent a product to test by Dream Essentials. Now I get a lot of products sent to me to try, but I wouldn't go so far as to say they were a game changer, unless I meant it. This company makes the BatSuit of eye masks. No lie. This eye mask is made from a breathable, structured material, that fits your face like a glove. It literally feels like you are wearing Batman's mask. Not a sliver of light gets through, as it is fitted to your nose. The amazing thing- The eye sections are cupped, allowing you to blink and open your eyes in the mask without touching the fabric. This solves the problem I have always had, of waking up with crimped eyelashes (sounds silly, I know, but it is an annoyance you wouldn't understand unless you have been there). The mask is washable, of course (ALWAYS wash your eye masks to avoid breakouts!).
If you work nights, I cannot stress enough how much you should want this. It also comes in a sleek carry pouch and has accompanying ear plugs. If you are in the profession where sleeping at work sometimes occurs (Doctor's, Nurses, Firefighters...), or travel a lot for business, staying in hotels, or sleeping on flights... you should absolutely gift yourself one of these.
Two thumbs up, Dream Essentials! Thank you for giving me this product to try. I will never sleep with a different mask again.