Many of us wear an eye mask to block out light when we sleep, but what if your mask could also sing lullabies, give massages and harnessed the latest NASA technology?
Enter the new wave of high-tech eye tech which promises to do just that. These ‘smart’ masks claim to help us nod off by enlisting the support of other senses — touch, heat and sound — to create a relaxing sleep environment.
With 60 per cent of people reporting an increase in sleep problems post pandemic, it’s no wonder we’re turning to futuristic options.
Last year the global eye mask market grew by £8.2million to £1.7billion and, over the next three years, nearly a third of growth will come from the technology sector, according to Technavio market research.
Smart sleep masks claim to help us sleep by enlisting the support of other senses 60 per cent of people reported an increase in sleep problems post pandemic. The Musicozy mask plays tunes through speakers hidden in soft fleece
Are gadgets really the answer to a good night’s kip? ‘High-tech solutions may help to improve your night’s sleep,’ says Sammy Margo, author of The Good Sleep Guide. ‘Try the tech options but don’t lose sight of the other factors, such as your bedtime routine, diet and screen time, which may affect quality and quantity of sleep.’
We put the latest ones to the snooze test…
Manta Sleep Mask (£30, mantasleep.uk)
Manta Sleep Mask uses breathable materials to provide the most light and sound-excluding fit without snagging your hair or pressing on your eyeballs
This may look low-tech but it uses breathable materials to provide the most light and sound-excluding fit without snagging your hair or pressing on your eyeballs: adjustable eye cups stop the longest of eyelashes from being squashed and allow even the most vigorous rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. Ear plugs are included, but cold and hot eye patches have to be ordered separately.
VERDICT: Beautifully comfortable and the perfect blackout …….