Considering a contoured sleep mask? Read this post to know what it is and how it can help improve sleep quality. Plus, how to choose one that’s right for you.
Your daily grind can get pretty hectic. So much so that you neglect getting enough sleep. Keeping healthy isn’t just about eating well and exercising. A solid night's sleep is just as important for your overall wellness.
And it isn’t an exaggeration that sleep quality affects nearly every aspect of your life. And we mean your physical health, mental performance, mood and even relationships.
This article explores the significance of sleep quality. And how a contoured sleep mask can help take yours up a couple of notches. Let’s get started.
So, why is sleep quality so important? Well, as you're catching zzzs, your body is repairing tissues, consolidating memories, and releasing hormones that regulate growth and appetite.
Consistently poor sleep can lead to health problems like obesity heart disease and diabetes. It can also affect your mood, productivity, and ability to handle stress.
But here's the catch. Getting good sleep isn't always as simple as laying your head on the pillow. Factors like light, noise, and discomfort can make it hard to drift off and disturb your sleep.
And that's where a contoured sleep mask comes in handy.
What is a Contoured Sleep Mask?
A contoured sleep mask is far from your traditional airline mask. It's designed in such a way that it fits your head circumference and eye area perfectly. And that’s why the best sleep mask is a contoured one.
Unlike regular flat sleep masks, a contoured one features eye cavities so you feel zero pressure on your eyes and lashes. It's like giving your peepers their very own blackout chamber.
This means you can say goodbye to the discomfort and welcome restful sleep.
Features of a Contoured Sleep Mask with Eye Cavities
Why should you choose a contoured sleep mask with eye cavities? Because it has features that regular sleep masks don’t have.
First, the eye cavities (or eye cups) ensure there's no pressure on your eyeballs. This allows them to move freely during REM sleep — an important stage of sleep wherein you dream.
Second, the contoured design ensures a personalized fit so no light creeps in.
Lastly, good-quality contoured sleep masks come with adjustable straps. This means you can customize the fit to ensure it's comfy but doesn’t slip off during the night. Huge bonus if your contoured sleep mask also has adjustable eye cups.
How a Contoured Sleep Mask Enhances Sleep Quality
Now you know what differentiates a contoured sleep mask from a traditional one, let's dive into how it improves sleep quality.
Light, whether natural or from electronics, is one of the biggest disruptors of sleep. When your eyes are exposed to light, it signals your brain that it's time to be awake.
Meanwhile, darkness sends a signal that it's time to unwind. It triggers the production of melatonin, the hormone that regulates your sleep-wake cycle.
By blocking out light more effectively than a regular sleep mask, a contoured one helps increase melatonin levels. You’ll fall asleep faster and experience less awakenings during the course of the night (or day if you’re a shift worker). Both are indicators of good sleep quality.
So, now you know how a contoured sleep mask helps you get sleep. It’s time to move on to how to choose one.
Tips for Choosing the Right Contoured Sleep Mask
Consider the fabric, adjustability and bonus features when picking a contoured sleep mask.
The fabric should be soft and cozy yet breathable, especially if you’re a hot sleeper.
Make sure the fit is just right. And a contoured sleep mask that’s fully adjustable will help you achieve that. It should feel snug but not overly constricting.
Another thing to look out for is if it complements your sleep position. If you’re a side sleeper choose one that won’t add extra bulk or slip off as you switch sides.
Consider any bonus features, too. For instance, if you like to listen to white noise or soothing music to drift off, get a sleep mask with headphones.
To make things easy for you, the next section is devoted to our contoured sleep masks. Have a look to see which one suits you best.
Manta Sleep Contoured Sleep Masks
We designed most of our contoured sleep masks to provide 100% blackout. They’re fully adjustable from their head straps down to the eye cups.
Manta Sleep Mask: Best Sleep Mask That Protects Your Eyes While You Sleep
“I'm really enjoying my new Manta Sleep Mask. It's so much better than those other flat masks. The Manta Sleep Mask is different. Imagine a sleep mask that's 1) covered in soft fabric, 2) has straps that adjust to fit your exact head measurements and 3) blocks out light. My favorite thing about the Manta Sleep Mask is their unique cushioned eye cups. Each eye is encircled with cushiony softness so there's zero pressure on your lashes or eyelids. How cool is that! I have to tell you that the mask is soft, comfortable and provides a darkened atmosphere, which I need so much. Bonus: It does not leave marks on my face! It's a win for me!”
— Caron R.
“All I can say is I wish I found this sooner in life…having issues with sleep for the better part of 10 years this mask helps tremendously by not only blocking out light entirely but it also trains the brain to know when it’s time to sleep. I’ve had no issues falling asleep since using it. Great product for anyone with issues falling asleep for sure.”
Remember when we said to consider any bonus features when hunting for a contoured sleep mask? Well, the SOUND mask is a Bluetooth sleep mask with headphones. This means you get complete darkness and the benefits of listening to white noise or soothing music before bedtime.
Adjustable, razor-thin speakers are housed within the mask’s interior. Simply pull on the blue tabs to adjust them. It has a 20+ hour battery life and pairs with any Bluetooth device.
The adjustable C-shaped eye cups taper near your temples. Each has a smart air bubble that expands and compresses when you switch sides in your sleep. We made the head strap with breathable materials. Plus, its inner layer is 100% machine-washable.
“I’ve been using your sleep masks for over a couple years now and they’ve been a life changer! I would wear your sleep mask side sleeper one with my headphones so I could listen to my sleepcasts through insight timer to get to sleep but it was always annoying because I couldn’t sleep on my side with my headphones on. Now that the headphones are IN the sleep mask I can lay on my side while listening to my sleepcast to help me fall asleep. I recommend your sleep masks to all my friends and patients in need of a good sleep mask! I always tell them putting on the sleep mask is like a blankie for my eyes and it tells my body it’s time to quiet the mind and body and I feel totally relaxed!”
— Alicia J.
“I’m a night shift worker and have Ménière’s disease so I have a very difficult time going to sleep. After seeing an ad, I skeptically ordered one, not really expecting to find it useful. I was so wrong! I now look forward to bed after my shift. The total blackout and the ability to use Bluetooth to help alleviate the roaring sound in my ear is a game changer for me. I now m able to get a better “nights” sleep now. This is one of the best investments I’ve made. Thank you!”
We like to call this contoured sleep mask the most advanced one on the planet. And we’re pretty sure you’ll agree once you slip it on and get better zzzs. It’s designed for side sleepers but works well for any other sleep position.
We made the 3-layer fully adjustable strap with mesh, perforated foam and Tactel for breathability. Apart from the micro hook and loop closure, it also has an anti-slip grippy gel to keep the mask in place.
Like the SOUND mask, this also features C-shaped eye cups with a smart air bubble. You can forget about light creeping in as you shift from one side to the other. Position the cups anywhere within the interior of the mask for a custom fit.
“I was sceptical of the price being so expensive. But let me just say, wow. It’s worth it. The adjustment eye pieces to sculpt to your face is great. The eye pieces themselves allow you to open your eyes and not only see pure black. But blink without the annoying eye lashes brushing up against the mask. Also the tapered ends for side sleepers is an absolute must! Breathable too so you don’t get the hot feeling. Just love it.”
— Nathan C.
Why haven’t I found this sooner???
"So I was a bit of a skeptic when it came to finding out about this but I decided to pull the trigger and I’m glad I did. I do work that involves me going out of city and away from my bed so rest is kind of hard for me to come by. With the gentle pressure of the mask, it gave me enough relief so 30 minutes felt like 4 hours."
It isn’t just adults who can benefit from contoured sleep masks. Kids ages 6 and up have their own version with Manta Sleep KIDS Mask. It provides 100% and has a fully adjustable head strap and eye cups.
The strap comes in 2 colorways and is made from super comfy hypoallergenic materials. There are no embellishments or small parts to eliminate choking hazards.
The mask comes with tapered, convex eye cups so there’s zero pressure on your kids’ eyes and lashes. Position them anywhere in the interior of the mask for a personal fit.
“Love this option for kids. My youngest is constantly taking my Pro mask because it is prettier than the regular gray one I’ve gotten for him. Now I can get him a colorful one and reclaim my Pro!”
— Jen B.
“The kids masks rock by the way. We travel the world with our twins and staying in all types of accommodations it’s hard to black out windows! These are life! I have had my adult one for a few years now and was sooo happy you put kids masks out.”
— Kimberly K.
To wrap it up, a contoured sleep mask can be a game-changer for your sleep quality. It's a worthwhile investment that may have a positive impact on your health, productivity and overall quality of life. So, why not give it a go?
Let us know how a Manta Sleep contoured sleep mask works for you by leaving a comment below.
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