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Wearing an overnight 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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The Mindfold sleep mask: total darkness with your eyes open
The Mindfold sleep mask: total darkness with your eyes open
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)
The sleep mask has open spaces covering your eyes, allowing your eyes to open freely (while maintaining darkness): this is a mayor difference with many other masks that sit right on your eye lids
The sleep mask has open spaces covering your eyes, allowing your eyes to open freely (while maintaining darkness): this is a mayor difference with many other masks that sit right on your eye lids
Maybe it's the font, maybe it's her haircut, but somehow I get a 80s vibe from the Mindfold's packaging :-)
Maybe it's the font, maybe it's her haircut, but somehow I get a 80s vibe from the Mindfold's packaging :-)
The soft foam conforms to your face for maximum comfort and darkness
The soft foam conforms to your face for maximum comfort and darkness
The mask is flexible, enabling a comfortable fit
The mask is flexible, enabling a comfortable fit

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