Trouble Sleeping? A Sleep Mask Could Be a Game Changer

Eye masks or sleep masks work by blocking out artificial light.

“Light, especially at night, can disrupt our internal biological clock that helps to regulate our sleep-wake patterns,” says Dr. Wendy Troxel, senior behavioral scientist at the RAND Corporation.

Exposure to artificial light suppresses melatonin, the sleep-inducing hormone, which can lead to sleeping issues or disorders such as insomnia.

“Melatonin’s job is to signal to the brain that it is time to get sleepy, so light exposure, particularly at night, sends the wrong signal to the brain, which can profoundly disrupt one’s ability to fall asleep quickly and stay asleep,” Troxel explains.

Depending on where you live, this artificial light can include streetlights, ambient lights in the bedroom (such as light from a clock), and the biggest culprit for disrupted sleep: blue light from phones and electronic devices.

Eye masks or sleep masks help to block out artificial light by acting as a shield. Their aim is to get your body clock back on track and keep it that way. Team your nighttime routine with a silk pillowcase as well and you have yourself a recipe for a perfect night’s sleep. 

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