Darkness is a key component of the body’s natural sleep cycle, as it triggers the release of melatonin, the hormone responsible for regulating sleep.
When there is too much light, melatonin production is inhibited, leading to sleep disruption and fatigue.
A weighted sleep mask helps to block out light and promote melatonin production, resulting in improved sleep quality and overall health.
What is the purpose of a weighted eye mask?
A weighted sleep mask is an excellent tool for opticians to recommend to their patients who suffer from sleep issues, which, let’s face it, is all of us from time to time. (Have you tried bamboo pillows for a next level amount of comfort?)
The weight of the mask helps to relax the muscles of the face, providing a calming sensation and reducing the stress of the day.
Some masks even have an option to warm them up, or cool them down to provide and extra sensory level to the experience.
Additionally, a weighted sleep mask provides block out of light which can improve sleep quality, especially when paired with a weighted blanket.
Is it healthy to sleep with an eye mask?
Ill fitting eye masks can cause friction and pressure on the eyes, which can cause dryness, irritation, and discomfort.
To ensure yours is a good fit don’t over tighten the straps and ensure the mask is situated high enough so as not to rub on the bridge of your nose.
How many times a week should you use a sleep mask?
2 to 3 times a week is the norm for a sleep mask.
You could try a 2 on 2 off approach and monitor your sleep quality to see if it makes a difference.
If it does, then increase to 3 or 4 nights a week.
The reason 7 nights a week isn’t recommended is because it can disrupt your natural circadian rhythm.
Wearing a sleep mask on occasion may be beneficial, but wearing it every night could potentially have a negative effect on your sleep quality.
How do I recycle a bamboo weighted eyemask?
Your bamboo sleep mask can be recycled like many other bamboo fabric items.
First, remove any non fabric parts such as the elastic strap, and the weighted beads.
The rest of the bamboo fabric can go into your composting bin (or garden heap) and wil break down in around 6 months to a year.
How do I wash a bamboo weighted eyemask?
What does a normal sleep cycle look like?
The sleep cycle of a human being consists of several stages that occur repeatedly throughout the night. There are two main types of sleep: rapid eye movement (REM) sleep and non-REM sleep, and each stage of the sleep cycle is characterized by distinct patterns of brain activity and physiological changes.
Stage 1: This stage occurs just as you are drifting off to sleep and typically lasts for only a few minutes. During this stage, your brain produces alpha and theta waves, and you may experience sudden muscle jerks.
Stage 2: This is the first stage of true sleep and lasts for about 20 minutes. During this stage, your brain produces bursts of rapid brain activity known as sleep spindles, as well as K-complexes, which are brief high-amplitude spikes.
Stage 3: Also known as slow-wave sleep, this stage is characterized by delta waves, which are slow and high-amplitude. This is the deepest stage of non-REM sleep, and it is difficult to wake up during this time.
After about 90 minutes of non-REM sleep, you will enter REM sleep, which is characterized by rapid eye movements, vivid dreaming, and a high level of brain activity similar to that during waking hours. During REM sleep, your body is essentially paralyzed, which prevents you from acting out your dreams.
The first REM cycle typically lasts only a few minutes, but each subsequent cycle increases in duration, with the final cycle lasting up to an hour. After REM sleep ends, the cycle repeats, and you return to non-REM sleep.
The entire sleep cycle typically lasts about 90-110 minutes, with each stage lasting anywhere from a few minutes to an hour.
Over the course of a night, the proportion of time spent in each stage of sleep changes, with more time spent in deep sleep early in the night and more time spent in REM sleep later in the night. This pattern is known as the sleep architecture and varies depending on age and other factors.
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