Benefits of Sleeping with an Eye Mask - Chasin' Unicorns

Benefits of Sleeping with an Eye Mask

One of my favorite items going inside this months July Leo Rose Ritual box. Made of vegan silk, this pillow eye mask is so comfortably soft and fluffy like a cloud, and comes with a travel case to keep clean while traveling or on a plane.

I personally love wearing an eye mask to sleep each night, I find it hard to actually sleep with out one. One article said that putting on an eye cover for sleep can be a part of a calming bedtime routine that conditions your brain to recognize everything's safe, calm and comfortable - and I totally resonated with that. Your routine tells the brain it's time to shut off and let sleep come. - Which is why I also love to wear my True Dark red or yellow glasses when the sun goes down, or while I watch TV before bed to block out harmful blue light (use my promo code "unicorns" to save 15% off any True Dark blue light glasses).

Sleep Masks Block Out Light to Improve Your Sleep and Health

"Light is a crucial factor in the regulation of your body’s circadian rhythm, the biological schedule that dictates sleep and wakefulness. In our prehistoric past, humans’ routines corresponded roughly to the amount of light available: Sundown signaled it was time to settle in for the evening.

In our modern context, however, we’re inundated with artificial light that can disrupt our sleep schedules. Even when we darken our bedrooms to the greatest extent possible, light from the street or other rooms has a habit of creeping in. Accordingly, our bodies receive mixed messages from the outside environment and our circadian rhythm suffers.

Aside from undermining our sleep quality, light exposure has been linked to a number of other troubling health problems. One recent study linked even tiny amounts of light in the bedroom to depressive symptoms among older adults. Other research suggests that intrusive light may elevate diabetes risk.

Sleep masks solve all these problems related to intrusive light, granting the total darkness you deserve for great sleep. By sitting directly over your eyes, they can create a pitch-black environment in the brightest of bedrooms. 

Even better, sleep masks tend to be more affordable than alternative measures, such as blackout shades. They’re also superior to blackout shades in one essential way: They can block out blue light from devices inside your bedroom.

Indeed, the blue light that emanates from your smartphone and other screens has been shown to disrupt sleep cycles, much like the light from outside sources. When it’s time to limit your exposure and drift off to sleep, a sleep mask can block out the phone’s light." - Web MD.

Research from 2010 has shown that the use of eye masks can result in more REM time, shorter REM latency, and elevated levels of melatonin. This helps to promote healthy sleep patterns and hormone balance. 

Our pillow eye mask
👀 Retails for $16
👀 You can buy alone, or inside the July Ritual Box and get $150 worth of product value for only $39 when you jump on a monthly subscription before July 15th, of you can get the box for $55 here.

The July Leo Ritual Box
Season: 🦁 Leo
Scents: 🥀 Rose, Jasmine, Geranium
Crystals: 🔮 Rose Quarts & Clear Quartz

Because sleep masks can help you fall asleep faster, they may increase the amount of sleep you get. Good quality sleep can improve your:

👀 Concentration and focus.
👀 Irritability and mood.
👀 Reaction times.
👀 Sexual function.
👀 Self-control.
👀 Short-term memory.
👀 Situational awareness.

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