How to Adjust a Manta Sleep Mask for a Perfect Fit
Wondering how to adjust a Manta Sleep mask? Read this step-by-step guide. A well-fitting mask means maximum comfort and light-blocking for deep and restful zzzs.
Adjustable sleep masks are a dime a dozen. But Manta Sleep masks take adjustability to a whole new level. We engineered our products to give the wearer a personal fit. In our opinion, there’s no such thing as one size fits all.
Sleep masks in general are designed to wrap around your head and cover your eyes. And typical sleep masks are often made from one piece of fabric. For many, they’re uncomfortable because they press against your eyes. Not to mention have flimsy straps that slip off your head and lose their elasticity fast.
Manta Sleep masks have two basic adjustable components. A sturdy head strap and a pair of eye cups for zero pressure. To keep it simple, head strap adjustment depends on the circumference of your head. And the way you position your eye cups depends on how far apart your eyes are from each other. As well as the width of your nose bridge.
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In this article, you’ll learn how to adjust your Manta Sleep mask so no light seeps in. And of course, so you sleep in comfort.
Owing to their similar design, adjusting most Manta Sleep masks is standard. It’s important to understand the basics. This way it's easier to get the right fit regardless of what Manta Sleep mask you own.
Later in this article are sections dedicated to specific sleep masks. They have special considerations when it comes to fit. These include Manta WEIGHTED Sleep Mask, Manta SOUND Sleep Mask, Manta STEAM Mask and Manta COOL Mask.
But we're getting ahead of ourselves. Let's start with the basics, which cover the following sleep masks:
The original Manta SLEEP Mask is also the world’s comfiest 100% blackout sleep mask.
Follow these instructions on how to adjust these Manta Sleep Masks:
Step 1: Remove the sleep mask from its packaging. It already comes with the eye cups attached.
Step 2: Flip the mask over the logo side down and lay it out flat. Remove the eye cups.
Our original Manta SLEEP mask has tags attached to the back of the eye cups. These show which sides should be on either side of your nose. If your cups don’t have tags, position the tapered sides towards your temples.
Step 3: Attach the eye cups to the interior of your sleep mask. Position them an inch apart from each other. Use the center of the head strap as a guide (where the notch for your nose is).
You can also adjust the cups by attaching them at a tilted angle, depending on the placement of your eyes. Or move them higher or lower on the strap.
Step 4: Place the mask over your face, ensuring that the cups encircle your eyes. You aren’t supposed to feel any pressure on your eyes or lashes due to their convex design.
Step 5: Wrap the end of the strap you’re holding with your left hand around your head and hold it in place. Then, wrap the other end (with the hook closure) around your head securing it.
Take a moment to see how the mask feels against your skull. If it's causing you discomfort, loosen it slightly. But don’t overdo it as it may slip off.
Step 6: With the mask secured around your head, it's time to gauge the feel of the eye cups on your face. Adjust the mask by moving it slightly downward or upward so your eyes are at the center of the cups.
If things haven’t gone completely dark, you’ll need to readjust the eye cups (or tighten the strap). Repeat steps 3 to 6 until your mask comfortably seals off all light.
How to Adjust Manta WEIGHTED Sleep Mask
Adjusting Manta WEIGHTED Sleep Mask differs from the rest, owing to its duo-strap design. This is so it stays firmly in place no matter how much you move around in your sleep.
Like our other eye masks, this one also comes with eye cups that attach to the interior of the strap. But these eye cups have narrower holes for your peepers. We designed them this way so you still feel a gentle weight on the pressure points around your eyes.
Here are the instructions for getting the perfect fit:
Step 1: Take the weighted sleep mask out of the box. It will come with the eye cups and both headbands already attached. Invert the mask so its interior is facing outward. Hold the head strap of the sleep mask with your non-dominant hand.
Remove the eye cup that corresponds with your dominant hand. If your dominant hand is the right one, remove the eye cup on the right side of the strap.
Step 2: Place the strap with the single cup attached over your eye to check the fit. Ensure that the indentation of the cup is comfortably positioned directly over your eye. This is so you don’t feel any direct pressure on your eyelid.
Adjust as needed by moving the cup further or nearer the nose gap. Or by tilting it upward or downward to suit your unique eye positioning.
Step 3: Hold the mask to your eye with one cup attached in place. Then, with your dominant hand position the other cup over your uncovered eye and check the fit.
(Again, make sure that the indentation of the cup is positioned directly over your eye.)
Step 4: Press the other half of the strap onto the other eye cup firmly, using your dominant hand. And the other to keep the mask in place.
Step 5: Then, bring the entire mask to your face to test the fit. Adjust as needed.
Step 6: With both eye cups and bands attached, invert the head strap so the exterior is facing outward. Place the mask over your head.
Step 7: First, adjust the lower band to your liking. Make sure it is snug enough to encircle the bottom of the back of your head. It should not feel too tight or too loose.
Step 8: Next, adjust the top band to fit the upper portion of your head. Adjust the tightness so the weight of the mask is evenly distributed around your head.
Angle it in such a way that the eye cups stay in place with their indentations positioned directly over your eyes.
Here are additional tips to guide you with the adjustment process:
Tip 1: The mask should resemble this image from behind. Note that you can angle the mask to cover or sit above your ears, according to your preference.
Tip 2: The mask should resemble this from the front. Also, your nose should not feel much weight from the mask. The bands should be snug enough to stay put without causing discomfort.
How to Adjust Manta SOUND Sleep Mask
Follow the basic instructions for how to adjust Manta SOUND Sleep Mask. But take note. The mask comes with an optional over-head strap for extra support. Read on for instructions on how to attach and adjust this extra.
This sleep mask with headphones contains razor-thin speakers. We designed it to cover your ears for the best aural experience. But it's also slightly wider and sits lower than our other sleep masks. The over-head strap will help your mask stay put.
Follow these simple instructions to get the best fit:
Step 1: Follow the basic adjustment instructions to fit your Manta SOUND Sleep Mask. Test the audio to see if the speakers are exactly where you want them. If not, pull on their blue tabs to adjust them to where you can hear the sound best.
If your mask slips out of position, adjust the head strap for a tighter yet comfortable fit.
Think your mask needs extra support? Follow the next steps:
Step 2: Locate the over-head strap, which comes with your Manta SOUND Sleep Mask.
Step 3: Remove your mask. Separate the inner and outer layers of the mask. Attach either end of the over-head strap to the front of the inner layer of the mask.
We recommend positioning the ends of the strap in front of the speakers. Use the blue tabs as your guide. Ideally, when you put on your mask, the ends of the over-head strap should be by your temples.
Step 4: Make sure that both ends of the over-head strap are secured to either side of the mask.
Step 5: Take the mask and place it over your eyes and secure the head strap around your head. Then, put on the over-head strap.
Note that the angle of the over-head strap is adjustable, according to the wearer’s preference. You can wear it on the crown of your head (as seen in the image). Or choose to let it sit directly on the top of your head.
And what if the over-head strap feels too tight? Simply unhook its micro hook and loop closure on the inner portion of the over-head strap and pull to your desired length.
How to Adjust Manta COOL and STEAM Masks
Manta STEAM and Manta COOL masks are “near-blackout.” The main functions of these masks are to deliver cooling and steamy heat, respectively. Sure, they’ll block out some light, but certainly not 100% of it. We recommend them for restorative naps versus all-night wear.
The cooling and heating features of these masks come from their eye cups. They’re heavier because they contain special beads appropriate to their functions.
We also designed them to deliver gentle compression around your eye area. And that’s why the cups aren’t convex by design. But they do have indentations in their centers so you feel minimal pressure.
Adjust these two sleep masks using the basics, but with a few unique considerations.
Step 1: Lay the head strap flat (logo side facing down). Position the eye cups as far apart as possible to start. Place the mask on your face and secure it firmly around your head.
Ideally, the circular indentations should be at the center of your eyes. This is so you feel don’t feel direct pressure on your eyeballs. But there’s another reason, too. It allows the steamy heat to be evenly distributed across your eye area.
We designed these sleep masks to help ease symptoms of headaches, including sinusitis. Their eye cups are large so they cover your sinus area. If this isn’t to your liking, adjust them so they’re slightly farther apart.
Step 2: Gauge how the mask feels against your skull. The head strap needs to be tight enough to support the weight of the cups.
If the mask slips off, it means you need to tighten the head strap more.
How should a Manta Sleep mask fit?
We took into consideration that head circumference varies. That’s why our sleep masks have infinitely adjustable head straps. They’re designed to fit all adult head sizes.
The cups are detachable so you can position them based on your unique eye placement and your nose bridge width. For instance, if you have wide-set eyes or a wide nose bridge, you may need to move the eye cups further apart. The reverse goes for close-set eyes and a narrow nose bridge.
Apart from these, your personal preferences also come into play, such as:
How loose or tight do you prefer your sleep mask
How close do you want your eye cups to your sinus area
There are a few essential factors to consider when adjusting a Manta Sleep mask. Taking note of these allows you to balance your preferences with a good fit. Remember a mask that fits well, works best.
No light should seep through.
Your mask needs to fit in such a way that you’re engulfed in complete darkness once you’ve put it on.
We designed most Manta Sleep masks to give you 100% blackout. Bottom line: if things don’t go completely dark when you slip on your mask, readjustment is in order. (Except if you’re wearing a Manta COOL or STEAM mask.)
The head strap shouldn’t be too loose.
A perfect fit also means the head strap shouldn’t be too loose. Otherwise, expect your Manta Sleep mask to come off. Also, a too-loose-head strap means that light can creep in. When that happens, say goodbye to deep and restful sleep.
Light isn’t just uncomfortable when you’re trying to fall asleep. It also confuses your brain that it’s time to be awake. And on top of this, it also prevents transitioning from one sleep cycle to the next.
On the other hand, darkness does the opposite. It’s also what kickstarts your brain’s melatonin (a.k.a. the sleep hormone) production.
If it’s still bright when your mask is on or it slips down your face, tighten the head strap gradually.
The mask shouldn’t feel too tight against your skull and face.
That said, your Manta Sleep Mask shouldn’t be too tight, either. If your skull feels too much pressure from the strap, loosen it a bit. The same goes for your eye area and ears. It isn’t good for circulation. On top of that it could leave marks as well.
The mask should be snug yet comfortable. Tight enough to stay on during the night without causing pain.
Tip: You can adjust most Manta Sleep head straps to sit above your ears. Once the mask is on, nudge the head strap on either side of your head upwards. Do this slowly until the strap is above your ears and not on them.
Note that this won’t work with Manta SOUND Sleep Mask. We designed it to intentionally cover your ears.
The eye cups should encircle your eyes without touching them.
All Manta Sleep eye cups are adjustable. Position them within the mask’s interior, according to your preference. But keep in mind they are the reason there’s zero pressure on your peepers.
Ideally, this means that your eyes should be at the center of the eye cups. So, if the edges of the cups touch any part of your eyes, reposition them farther or nearer apart from each other.
Tip: Make sure to attach the eye cups to the mask in the right orientation. Each cup tapers meaning one side thins out. The thinner side should sit near your temple. The thicker part should be near the bridge of your nose.
The great thing about most Manta Sleep masks is you can wash and store them with the eye cups in place. The next time you’ll have to do any adjusting is if you decide to wash the eye cups separately.
It’s essential to get that personal fit so you can enjoy the benefits of your sleep mask. It may take a bit of patience in the beginning, but we promise it’s worth it.
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