The journey to better quality sleep
In the business of day-to-day life, we all know that sleep can be treated as more of a 'luxury' than a necessity. Whilst many of us strive to achieve the golden 8 hours of sleep each night, in reality many of us can struggle to get to sleep and consistently achieve deep, quality sleep.
However, as increasing research is showing, sleep is a core component of our overall health and wellness, and the importance of sleep extends far beyond merely feeling rested. A wealth of research underscores how lack of sleep can profoundly impact our cognitive functions, emotional well-being, physical health, and overall performance in daily activities.
Despite the immense importance of sleep, even when we do settle down for the night, many of us struggle to sleep and it is estimated that around one third of the population suffer from symptoms of insomnia, with the average amount of sleep for UK adults being only 6 hours each night, despite the recommended 7-9 hours.
Introducing an Eye Mask For Sleep
Our aim at The Silk Collection is to improve your sleep routine by adding daily nighttime rituals, such as using an eye mask for sleeping, to help create consistent daily habits within your sleep routine and allow you to enjoy a deeper, more peaceful sleep each night.
Using an eye mask for sleep is a really simple and effective daily habit that can be quickly incorporated into your bedtime routine. Using an eye mask for sleep has been proven to improve the quality of sleep, with studies showing that participants who sleep with eye masks experience deeper rest and improved cognitive abilities as a result.
"It helps me sleep so much better and also is so soft on my face"
Verified Customer Review of The Silk Collection Silk Eye Mask
How does an eye mask improve sleep?
Using an eye mask for sleeping has been proven to improve your daily sleep routine by
Enhanced REM Sleep: A study published in the American Journal of Critical Care found that participants who used eye masks experienced longer REM sleep periods, which is crucial for cognitive functions such as memory and learning.
Improved Sleep Onset Latency: Research indicates that using sleep masks can help individuals fall asleep faster by blocking out light and thus, reducing the time it takes to transition from full wakefulness to sleep (Journal of Sleep Medicine & Disorders).
Increased Melatonin Production: By blocking out light, sleep masks contribute to a darker sleeping environment, which can enhance the natural production of melatonin, the hormone responsible for regulating sleep-wake cycles (Sleep Foundation).
Reduction in Sleep Disturbances: Eye masks can minimize the chance of being awakened by ambient light, leading to fewer sleep disturbances and a higher quality of sleep overall (National Sleep Foundation).
"I bought for my husband for his Birthday to cover his eyes at night - he absolutely loves it and won't go to bed without it on now!"Verified Customer Review of The Silk Collection Silk Eye Mask
So, how do you choose the right eye mask for you?
As you have seen, an eye mask can truly transform your sleep routine. However, there are so many different types of eye masks out there made from different materials, with different benefits and varying price points.
There are a number of factors to consider when choosing the best eye mask for you. In this guide, we share our top tips and factors to consider if you are looking to invest in an eye mask for sleeping.
1. Material quality
One of the most important factors to consider when looking for the best eye mask for you is to look at the material the eye mask is made from. We spend roughly a third of our lives sleeping, which means that if you use an eye mask for sleeping, you will have this material against your skin for a considerable amount of time!
Given this, we highly recommend using a high quality, natural material, such as 100% mulberry silk fabric, which is known for its softness and durability. Our 100% mulberry silk sleep mask is gentle and soft on the skin and the natural fabric also prevents any irritation. Using silk eye masks for sleeping is therefore a perfect option for anyone with sensitive skin as it is is hypoallergenic.
At The Silk Collection, we use the highest-grade mulberry silk fabric available in the market to create our best-selling eye masks for sleep. With a luxury thickness of 22 momme, the silk we use will provide ultimate comfort as you go to sleep.
2. Beauty benefits
Using an eye mask for sleep clearly comes with many benefits for your sleep and overall health, but why not enjoy a number of beauty benefits at the same time? Using an eye mask made from 100% mulberry silk offers a range of benefits for your skin and hair, for example:
- Hydrated skin - mulberry silk fabric is significantly less absorbent than other materials like cotton or synthetic fabrics, which means that it absorbs less moisture from your skin overnight as your sleep. This helps to keep your skin hydrated overnight.
- Anti-wrinkle - using a silk eye mask for sleeping provides an ultra-soft cushion against your face. Silk creates significantly less friction against skin compared to other materials like cotton, which means it helps to prevent creases forming around your eyes during the night.
- Overnight haircare - using an eye mask for sleeping with a silk exterior band will also be soft and gentle on your hair as you sleep to prevent hair tangling and breakage. If you are someone who tends to toss and turn during the night, this will be a big benefit for your haircare routine!
3. Breathability and Maintenance
A breathable eye mask enhances comfort as you sleep and helps to prevent overheating, creating a more comfortable sleep experience to promote better sleep. Using a 100% Silk Eye Mask naturally offers this advantage as the natural properties of mulberry silk make it an extremely breathable fabric.
4. Eye Mask Filling
It is really important to also check the filling inside the eye mask when deciding the best eye mask for you. Some eye masks do not have any filling at all, which makes the mask flat against your face. Instead, we recommend looking for eye masks that have a light padding as this will provide ultimate comfort as you drift to sleep.
TOP TIP: Remember to check if an eye mask has filling, what material this is made from. The highest quality eye masks will use only natural filling for the inside of the mask, rather than an artificial or synthetic filling. At The Silk Collection, our Silk Eye Mask has a 100% silk filling inside.
5. Light-blocking capability
A crucial benefit to using an eye mask for sleeping is reduce light exposure throughout the night. This means that you will want the eye mask to sufficiently block out the light overnight as you sleep. Many decide to opt for darker colours for this purpose.
TOP TIP: At The Silk Collection, our eye masks have a hidden inner lining which helps to block out the light in addition to the eye mask outer lining material. This double barrier makes it even more effective than standard eye masks at reducing light exposure.
6. Aesthetic Appeal
Never underestimate the power of a beautifully designed sleep mask. Select a material, style and colour that will make the perfect addition to your bedtime routine, and make it part of your daily bedtime rituals to prepare you for sleep. Here at The Silk Collection, we love the look and feel of a luxury sleep mask made from 100% mulberry silk to help elevate your bedroom routine.