A Good night's sleep

By editor
December 17, 2015

Eye masks , whether made of gel-filled plastic, herb-filled silk or utilitarian cotton, serve a variety of functions. If you are having trouble falling asleep at night, some studies show that wearing a sleep mask at night can help!

Eye masks tend to be one of the simplest and most effective solution, as well as affordable. When your brain senses pure darkness, it causes the production of melatonin, the chemical of sleep. To help induce this state, you can also use earplugs. When you block out both noise and light, your chances of falling asleep are improved. People who sleep regularly during the day, such as nurses or other shift workers can benefit greatly by using them.

However, if you find you sleep too soundly and can’t wake up easily, a sleep mask may not be for you.  The body’s natural ‘waking’ hormone is cortisol and is released in the morning when light hits the back of the eye.  If the light can’t reach the eye you may not get all of this natural wake-up call and find it harder to function first thing in the morning.

So depending on what type of sleeper you are, you could be sleeping better with a mask! If you’re in doubt , it is always a good idea to seek the opinion of your health care provider.

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