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Total darkness with your eyes open: eye mask

On the benefits of wearing a eye 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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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
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
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)
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)
The mask is flexible, enabling a comfortable fit
The mask is flexible, enabling a comfortable fit
The soft foam conforms to your face for maximum comfort and darkness
The soft foam conforms to your face for maximum comfort and darkness

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