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Even though sleep masks may be most often associated with stressed-out travelers attempting to ward off jet lag, it’s well worth considering adding one to your nightly bedtime routine. It's especially important to get a good night's rest when life is stressful (planning a wedding can fall into that category) or if you have a big event (like a wedding) coming up.
This simple sleep accessory can go a long way toward helping you, finally, put down the phone once you hit the sack. Not to mention that it of course serves the very important function of blocking out ambient lighting that can end up over-stimulating our brains, without us even being aware of it. Plus, wearing a sleep mask feels generally calming and soothing, benefits that can’t be underestimated, particularly for less-than-stellar sleepers. In short, slipping on a sleep mask nightly is one of the easiest ways to up your sleep hygiene and make the most of those precious hours of shut-eye.
Read on for the best sleep masks, below.
Best Overall: Slip Pure Silk Sleep Mask
Just like the brand’s beloved pillowcase, this standout pick is made from incredibly high-quality silk. More specifically, it’s a silk that’s been specially developed over the course of a decade to reach maximum durability, softness, shine, and more. This means it’s ultra-gentle and glides against the skin without rubbing or tugging.
Not to mention that, because it’s notably less absorbent than cotton, it won’t soak up your eye cream or night cream. The band of the mask is made of silk as well, perfect for warding off tangles or knots in your hair. It comes in a whopping array of colors and fun prints and patterns (nearly 30 in total) too, always a nice thing.
Best Budget: Alaska Bear Natural Silk Sleep Mask
Not sure if you’ll be into a sleep mask? Curious to try one, but don’t want to break the bank doing so? This wallet-friendly pick, which also happens to be a fan favorite, is where it’s at. Ringing in at a great budget price, it still offers many of the same features as its much pricier counterparts.
Namely, it’s made of a high-grade, super smooth, mulberry silk exterior that glides against the skin, boasts an extremely adjustable strap that ensures it works equally well for back, side, and stomach sleepers, and comes in over 20 colors and prints.
Best Weighted: Gravity Weighted Sleep Mask
If you love a good weighted blanket, you’ll love a weighted sleep mask. It follows the same principle—applying consistent and gentle pressure to help quickly calm and soothe you, effectively reducing stress and promoting relaxation.
This particular one is choice, not surprising given that it comes from one of the brands that put weighted blankets on the map. It distributes between .75 pounds and 1 pound of pressure and is strategically designed to do so on targeted pressure points to help ensure maximum relaxation. And yes, it’s great at blocking out light, too.
Best Blackout: Tempur-pedic Tempur-Sleep Mask
Made with the brand’s signature memory foam, this masks molds especially well to the contours of your face. And that translates to not only an extremely comfortable feel but also total darkness, making this the perfect pick for anyone who really wants to block out every last trace of light. (In related news, it’s an awesome choice for flights, too.) While it only comes in one color, the fuzzy material feels soft and cozy on the skin, and an adjustable Velcro strap further ensures the perfect fit.
Best Cooling: Manta Cool Mask
No matter whether you constantly wake up with puffy eyes and/or suffer from allergies on the regular, a cooling sleep mask can provide invaluable relief. But this isn’t any old cooling mask. It boasts insulated cooling beads that stay frozen for 20% longer than other bead masks, yet only stay cold long enough to deliver the de-puffing and comforting benefits, without risking any damage to the skin.
Speaking of, the inside is specially molded so that there’s cooling pressure applied around your sinuses and your eyes (where you want it), but never directly onto your eyes. And the eyecups and band are adjustable, too, so you can always make sure you get the absolute perfect fit. Whether you pop this on overnight or just to give tired eyes a break during a quick mid-day cat nap, the effects can’t be beaten.
Best Organic: Ettitude Bamboo Lyocell Sleep Mask
A great mask for those who prefer organic fabrics and/or have sensitive skin, this one is made is from 100% organic bamboo lyocell material with no GMOs. The material is naturally highly breathable and hypoallergenic, not to mention feels luxuriously soft to the touch and is a nice vegan alternative to silk. (But don’t worry, it’s still great at blocking out light.)
As an added benefit, it’s eco-friendly as well; the bamboo used is sustainably grown and harvested, and renewable energy is used in the fabrication process.
Best Silk: Lunya Washable Silk Sleep Mask
Another great silk pick, this one earns bonus points for being machine washable (just make sure to let it air dry). The naturally thermoregulating silk also helps you maintain the perfect temperature, so it never feels hot or constricting.
It’s noise-reducing as well, and comes in an array of seven pretty colors, making it easy to find an option that matches your favorite pair of pajamas. Bonus points for the extra-wide band, which both stay put without sliding around and drastically minimizes the likelihood of ending up with unwanted hair creases.
Best for Lash Extensions: Nidra Deep Rest Eye Mask
As anyone with lash extensions will tell you, taking extra precautions to ensure they don’t get smashed or crushed while you snooze is paramount for ensuring their longevity. In other words, many traditional eye masks can be a major no-no.
Happily, you can pop this one on even if you are sporting falsies. Credit deeply molded eyecups that allow plenty of space for your lashes, without ever putting pressure on them or your lids. (In related news, it’s also choice for a quick mid-day nap when you don’t want to mess up your eye makeup.)
Best Aromatherapy Benefits: Kitsch Lavender Weighted Satin Eye Mask
Another nice weighted option, this takes the relaxation game one step further. The mask is filled with both microbeads (for that calming pressure) and a dried lavender filling; the latter makes for a delightfully relaxing aromatherapeutic effect, without ever being too cloying or headache-inducing.
It’s a nice option for anyone who wants a little extra help falling asleep or winding down before bed, and is a great way to incorporate a little extra self-care, too. Not to mention that reviewers rave about how soft and comfortable the satin material is.
Best Anti-Aging: Illuminage Skin Rejuvenating Eye Mask
Okay, to be fair, this mask isn’t going to replace a good eye cream. But using the two in tandem can go a long way in helping to ward off those pesky crow’s feet. How it works: The mask is infused with copper oxide fibers, which help to promote cell renewal in your skin while you snooze.
It sounds a little gimmicky, we know, but copper is a proven effective topical anti-aging ingredient. And if you’re going to use a sleep mask, to begin with, why not try and reap some extra youth-boosting benefits at the same time?
If you haven’t yet tried a sleep mask, get on it. The Slip Pure Silk Sleep Mask is our overall favorite, gentle on skin and with a great fit. Another great silk option is the Lunya Washable Silk Sleep Mask, made of naturally thermoregulating silk that keeps it from ever feeling too hot or too cool (and yes, is washable). Up the relaxation factor by choosing a weighted sleep mask, like the Gravity Weighted Sleep Mask, and if you want complete and total darkness, the Tempur-pedic Tempur-Sleep Mask can’t be beaten.
What to look for in a sleep mask
Silk sleep masks will glide against skin the most smoothly, though there are plenty of great cotton and other options out there.
Weighted or not
Weighted sleep masks offer an extra relaxing feel, so if that’s something you’re after, that may be a good way to go.
How much light it blocks
All sleep masks will block out light (obviously) but some are meant to be completely black-out, while others will let some light through.
Is it safe to sleep with a sleep mask on?
In short, yes, so long as it fits snugly and won’t slip over your nose and/or mouth.
What are sleep mask benefits?
By blocking out ambient light, sleep masks are a good way to help our brains calm down and generally improve our sleep hygiene. They also feel calming and soothing for many, particularly the weighted options.
Why trust Brides?
Brides contributor Melanie Rud has over a decade of experience in the beauty industry, writing for some of the biggest magazines and websites out there. She also frequently covers health and wellness. While she’s generally a pretty good sleeper, she always packs a sleep mask when traveling.