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Naturally stimulate melatonin production with darkness using a sleep mask

On the benefits of wearing a sleep mask in bed

Jan. 24, 2020 -

Over the past few weeks I have been experimenting with wearing a sleep mask in bed, blocking all light. Our bodies produce the sleep hormone, melatonin, in darkness. Living in an environment awash in artificial light, is therefore exactly the sort of thing that disrupts one's circadian rhythm. Can a simple mask help?

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Wearing a sleep mask, you can see the mask takes the shape of my head
Wearing a sleep mask, you can see the mask takes the shape of my head
The soft foam conforms to your face for maximum comfort and darkness
The soft foam conforms to your face for maximum comfort and darkness
Average heart rate variability (HRV) during the same night shows a steady increase (and recovery)
Average heart rate variability (HRV) during the same night shows a steady increase (and recovery)
Heart rate graph shows a near flat line, very close to my minimum rate (collected with Biostrap)
Heart rate graph shows a near flat line, very close to my minimum rate (collected with Biostrap)
Pavlovian response: my body knows it's time to sleep when I put my mask on - zzzzz
Pavlovian response: my body knows it's time to sleep when I put my mask on - zzzzz
Effects of a nap during the day: around 2pm you'll notice a steady decline in heart rate
Effects of a nap during the day: around 2pm you'll notice a steady decline in heart rate

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