If you’re someone who struggles to fall or stay asleep, chances are you’ve been told to try a weighted blanket at least once or twice.
According to the Sleep Foundation, weighted blankets use “deep pressure stimulation, which is thought to stimulate the production of a mood-boosting hormone (serotonin), reduce the stress hormone (cortisol), and increase levels of melatonin, the hormone that helps you sleep,” for an improvement in overall sleep quality. Various studies have also proven their ability to significantly improve sleep maintenance, raise daytime activity levels, and reduce daytime symptoms of fatigue, depression, and anxiety (1).
But the lesser-known weighted sleep mask category is also worth looking into. The concept is similar; weighted sleep masks are designed to apply soothing pressure to your eye area in order to help you relax and drift off faster.
There hasn’t been much research done to test the efficacy of weighted eye masks yet, but sleep experts say they’re worth a try given how much of an impact weighted blankets make. Curious? Below, find six of the best weighted sleep masks available.