We’ve all heard of weighted blankets, but weighted eye masks are growing in popularity — here’s our guide to the best of the best out there.
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We’ve all heard of weighted blankets, but what about a weighted eye mask?
While clinical evidence is still limited, weighted eye masks use a form of deep touch pressure (DTP), which can help promote feelings of relaxation and calm.
Read on for our guide to how DTP works, as well as our roundup of the best weighted eye masks out there.
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This weighted mask uses a NANO glass beads and memory foam to apply light pressure when worn. Weighing 120g, the mask touts itself as comfortable to wear all night long and it has a 10mm eye socket section over the eyes for comfort and to block out light.
Five star reviews say this mask “strikes the perfect balance” between providing weight while still being comfortable to wear.
This top rated eye mask has a range of features designed to help promote sleep and relaxation. It has a bamboo side to deliver a cooling sensation while the opposite side is velvet for a more cosy feel.
Featuring a non toxic bead pack that can be both frozen or microwaved, the adjustable strap means it is suited to all head types.
“I love this mask! It blocks out all the light and is just the right weight to be comfortable on your face. The light pressure actually helps,” one five star review reads.
This mask gets the thumbs up for temporary use, however, some shoppers say it isn’t suited to all-night wear while sleeping due to its weight (approximately 453g).
Made from five layers of cotton, elastic and sponge, this eye mask applies “gentle touch” while also blocking out light to make it easier to sleep.
While it’s sold as a weighted eye mask its main feature is its ability to block out surrounding light.
The mask uses a bending cartilage design to block out light around the nose, while the elastic strap is adjustable.
This mask with weighted clay beads offers plenty of bang for buck as it comes with two extra inserts: One that can be heated up in the microwave, while another can be placed in the fridge for a cooling sensation. With an adjustable strap with micro hook closures that won’t get caught in your hair, this mask applies warm or cold pressure that also blocks out light.
If your partner snores or you like being able to drift off while listening to a podcast then this weighted mask with built-in headphones will be right up your alley. The bluetooth headphones are wireless with a battery life of 10 hours. Made from memory foam and with comfortable eye sockets and contour around the nose, this mask provides light pressure when worn.
If you don’t like the idea of a weighted eye mask but would still like to experience the benefits of deep pressure touch then why not try a weighted blanket?
We love this bundle which includes either a king or queen sized weighted blanket, a satin eye mask (that’s not weighted) and an aromatherapy sleep spray.
WHAT IS DEEP TOUCH PRESSURE?
Deep touch pressure is used by both massage therapists and sleep experts as a way to help promote relaxation and feelings of calm.
“Deep pressure or deep touch pressure therapy (DTP) is a firm tactile sensory input that provides proprioceptive input to the whole body,” says Blys on-demand massage therapist, Ingrid Galloway.
“This can consist of firm hugs, firm strokings, cuddling, squeezing, compression, or swaddling. When administered to the whole body, deep touch pressure therapy (DTP) has a calming, organising effect on children and adults alike.”
“Like a massage, it stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system and helps us feel more relaxed and less anxious – which then leads to deeper, more rejuvenating rest,” says sleep expert Olivia Arezzolo, author of Bear, Lion Or Wolf: How Understanding Your Sleep Type Could Change Your Life(Angus & Robertson, $24.25).
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