The sleep struggle is real, and we’ll try (almost) anything to get us some z’s—whether it’s keeping the bedroom door open, fancy alarm clocks or drinking magical elixirs, we’re game to zonk out. That’s why we were excited to hear about a super lo-fi sleep remedy: a weighted sleep mask from nodpod.
We’ve tried Gravity Blankets before—weighted blankets intended to reduce anxiety and help you nod off—so, this was basically that, but for your face. At $30 a mask, the company says that, “When gentle pressure is applied to the body, it has a profound calming effect, like a hug. This science is known as Deep Touch Pressure and it's something we can all benefit from.” We called in five of the masks to test. Here are our reviews.
“I'm seven months pregnant, and it's been a challenge to adapt to sleeping exclusively on my left side. (Sleeping on your back is a no-no in late pregnancy.) As tight as I tied the sleep mask, it kept drooping down towards the mattress and didn't provide the weighted feeling it would if I were lying on my back. One of the eye pods kept pressing down on my nose and messing up my breathing, so after a couple hours of trying to sleep with it I finally gave up around 2 a.m. If you're a side sleeper (or pregnant), this might not be the best sleep mask for you.” – Lindsay Champion, food and wellness director
“I never have much luck with sleep masks, because I don’t like the feeling of an elastic around my head, not to mention the giant dent it usually leaves in my hair come morning. But this one was different—no elastic or Velcro, so it was comfortable to sleep with. I usually sleep on my back, so I had no troubles with it sliding down. And while I don’t usually have issues falling asleep, I definitely felt a little more relaxed at bedtime.” — Brianna Lapolla, editor