Sleep Mask Comparison
Lewis N Clark
Sleep Mask Buying Guide
What is a Sleep Mask?
When it comes to quality, there are several metrics by which you can measure a product. When it comes to comfort; however, it’s all up to you. Although the quality found in the three above units is certainly well above par, you may wish to look around some more for something a little different. While you could buy every single sleep mask in an attempt to find out which is most comfortable, keeping the below considerations in mind will offer the same end result, though without spending thousands of dollars in the process.
Are you able to use Velcro?
Although it may seem like a silly question, it’s an important question you must ask yourself before purchasing your next sleep mask. Many people will purchase a unit with Velcro simply to return it after trying it once or twice. If you have long hair which could possibly get caught in said Velcro, your new sleep mask will likely only lower the quality of your sleep. Of course, this is a given when you’re plucking hairs in your sleep. If your hair is short; however, you needn’t limit your choices based on what a sleep mask’s strap is made out of.
In which position do you sleep?
If you sleep on your side, you might find that 3D masks may lend themselves to getting pushed around in your sleep. Because we’re talking about something that resembles a soft Styrofoam of sorts (at least, in terms of its ability to hold its shape), such masks aren’t always the most stable in such situations. If you tend to sleep on your side, it may be better to get a tight-fitting sleep mask made of silk or another fabric. On the other hand, if you tend to sleep majorly face up or face down, you needn’t worry about your mask getting pushed around, no matter which particular product you may happen to settle on.
What do you find comfortable?
It doesn’t matter how favorable any given mask’s reviews are; only you know what you find comfortable. One feature which may make or break your experience is a mask’s nose. If you’ve tried other masks in the past which go over the top of your nose, you can bet your experience with similar masks will be largely consistent. Also, if you’re the type to find glasses uncomfortable due to their resting on your nose, you’ll likely not find such masks to be very much fun either.
Another factor to consider is how tight any given mask may be and how this might effect your overall experience. Once again, only you know what you’ll find comfortable in this regard. If you’ve tried sleep masks before that were either too tight or too loose, make sure that you adjust your next sleep mask purchase accordingly. Your safest bet is to opt for a product which comes with an adjustable strap.
There are a variety of added features you can expect to find in all sorts of sleep masks Whether any given feature is lifesaving or downright useless depends on whether or not you use it in the first place. Here are some features to keep an eye out for, whether to acquire them or to avoid them entirely so as to save money by opting out of features you know you won’t use.
- A Case – Some sleep masks come with cases. While it can be easy to equate a case with an extra level of protection, this is not quite true. In fact, because most of them are made out of fabric, anything which might hurt your case will hurt your sleep mask as well. In terms of protection, they offer very little. They can; however, help keep your mask clean in certain situations.
- Earplugs – Earplugs are included with a whole lot of sleep masks currently available on the market. I needn’t explain what they’re used for.
- Velcro – If you know it won’t come into contact with your hair, a Velcro head strap will allow you to get your most preferred level of tightness out of your sleep mask. Of course, we already know what happens when you do have long hair.
Common Sleep Mask Features
Nobody can tell you whether or not any of the above features are worthwhile. It all comes down to a matter of personal taste. The below features; however, are always nice to see in a sleep mask.
- An Adjustable Strap – This is the single most important factor to look for in a sleep mask. It might be easy to assume that all sleep masks come with adjustable straps, though this is not always the case. Because we’re going after a product which is supposed to increase our level of comfort while we sleep, one of these straps should be considered essential. Several masks come with elastic-laden head straps, though these should be avoided unless you have no other option.
- Absorbent Material – The last thing you want its to wake up with a face full of sweat. Any good sleep mask should have its materials listed on its packaging or should be easily found online. Otherwise, it’s simply not worth the risk of buying unless the mask in question has received consistently outstanding reviews among a large (fifty or more people) sample size.
- Breathable Material – Once again, this particular feature is great because it aids in the fight against sweat. Simply look at what any given mask has been made out of or read its reviews to see what others have to say.
Remember, the most important thing to consider when buying a sleep mask is what you find comfortable. As such, it’s important to find a mask with the features which cater to said preferences. No matter your particular tastes, there is always a sleep mask out there made with you and others like you in mind. Through keeping all of the above tips in mind, finding it is simple.