12 of the best sleep masks for a good night’s rest

Expect everything from the best sleep mask for side sleepers to sleep mask with headphones.

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by Lily Anderson |

You can't argue with the fact that sleeping is fundamental, but improving your sleep is a whole different kettle of fish. If you've tried counting sheep, building a routine, avoiding caffeine and listening to relaxing music, then you know that drifting off isn't always that simple.

Sleep masks are one of those products that we associate with long haul flights. We wear them for the plane journey once and never use them again. However, building this handy accessory into your bedtime routine can have loads of amazing benefits.

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Benefits of using a sleep mask:

Whether you're struggling to get some shut-eye after a night shift or tossing and turning during your regular routine, here are seven benefits of using a sleep mask.

✔️ Blocks out light

✔️ Results in more REM time - for healthier sleep patterns

✔️ Can improve insomnia

✔️ Reduces distractions

✔️ Prevents dry eyes

✔️ Helps you to fall asleep quicker

What is the best type of sleep mask?

We'd love to give you the verdict of the best sleep mask of all time, but what is best for you might not work for someone else. That's why before you buy a sleep mask it's essential to determine the best type of sleep mask for you.

Here are the different types of sleep masks that you may come across:

Silk sleep masks

Weighted sleep masks

Foam sleep masks

Light blocking sleep mask

Sleep masks with headphones or earbuds

How we tested the best sleep masks:

Over the years, we've had a lot of practice sleeping. According to Dreams, the average person spends approximately 26 years snoozing. Whether it was testing for a catnap on the sofa, catching some z's in the garden or helping us get some well-needed rest at bedtime, we've put these sleep masks through their paces to get an idea of how good they are.

The best sleep masks 2022:

Anatomicals - Crusin' For a Snoozin' - Sleep Mask

Best novelty sleep mask
Anatomicals - Crusin' For a Snoozin' - Sleep Mask
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How fun is this Crusin' For A Snoozin' sleep mask, please? As well as the slogan and bright design, this sleep mask has a silky feel. If you're looking for a novelty sleep mask that doesn't cost the earth, then this is the one for you.

Tried and tested: "If you're a bit snoozy like me and often have 40 winks on the sofa, this mask from Anatomicals does the job. If I'm making a gift box for a friend's birthday, then this will definitely make the cut. Bear in mind that if you don't take off all your foundation, it will end up all over this mask which isn't nice to look at after you've had a deep sleep. As I have quite a large head and thick hair, I have found the strap a little on the tighter side. That said, for the money, this gets a big thumbs up from me."

TEMPURu00ae Sleep Mask

Best sleep mask for comfort
TEMPURu00ae Sleep Mask

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Anyone familiar with the TEMPURu00ae range will know to expect big things from this sleep mask. Spoiler alert: it did not disappoint. Using the TEMPURu00ae Material used in their mattresses, this product moulds and adapts to your face.

Tried and tested:" I always go to bed intending to have an early night, and I'm always distracted by something on my phone. Instead of having the temptation, I put on the TEMPUR® Sleep Mask and block out the world for at least eight hours. Not only does it prevent the light from coming in completely, it feels super comfortable on your skin. The only downside is it comes with a massive label, but you can easily cut it out."

Slipu00ae Silk Sleep Mask

Best luxury sleep mask
Slipu00ae Silk Sleep Mask

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Anyone that has a six-step skincare routine or wants to up their regime needs to invest in this mask. After you've washed your face, tuck yourself in bed with the knowledge that it'll help to maintain your skin's moisture. Select from the caramel, black, pink, silver, navy or rose gold option.

Tried and tested: "Not going to lie, spending £50 on a sleep mask might seem crazy, but it's worth it. Hear me out, not only is this luxury number the most stunning sleep aid I've ever laid eyes on, but it also has incredible benefits for the skin because it's less absorbent than other materials. Plus, the box that it comes in is gorgeous - it's almost too nice to wear."

Mavogel Cotton Sleep Eye Mask

Best sleep mask for side sleepers
Mavogel Cotton Sleep Eye Mask
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Have you planned a staycation? If someone else is driving, you can have a little snooze on the way and get to your destination quicker. This one-size-fits-all mask has wide and adjustable straps that aren't restrictive.

Review: "With the early rising sun at the moment, I have been waking up earlier than usual due to the blazing light through my blinds. I can't make any modifications to my flat, so I can't install blackout blinds - this was my second option. I have only used the cheap 'travel' sleep masks in the past and found them useless due to the light leakage but this is completely different. This fits my face comfortably due to the adjustable strap and doesn't let any light in due to its mouldable nose. I have used this for the last couple of days and am very please I can get my full eight hours!"

Silentnight Wellbeing Silk Eye Mask

Silentnight Wellbeing Silk Eye Mask

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Silentnight isn't just about mattresses, duvets and pillows they also have a range of sleep accessories including this silk wellbeing sleep mask. Sumptuously soft 100 per cent natural silk with a premium 22 momme count, this mask will also help to rejuvenate your skin; it's like having a beauty treatment while you sleep. The mask is machine washable and includes a soft storage bag to protect your silk eye mask and keep it clean and fresh.

Tried and tested by deputy commercial content editor Natalie Corner: "I've been using one of those eye masks you get free on an airplane and putting this Silentnight sleep mask made me realise what torture I was putting myself through. The silky smooth feeling of the mask and no part digging in anywhere sent me into a dream state. The silk-covered elastic straps mean that nothing digs into my ears or head and it doesn't irritate me when I'm sleeping. Couldn't recommend it more."

Gritin Sleep Mask

Best lightweight sleep mask
Gritin Sleep Mask
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Instead of waking up throughout the night due to your partner's snoring, a sleep mask and earplug combination is here to save the day. The list of benefits for this go on and on, but here are a few of our favourites: it's super lightweight, blocks out the light and doesn't cause pressure on your eyes. Amazing!

Review: "I am currently 24 weeks pregnant and struggling to sleep due to being generally uncomfortable, but also the extremely light nights. I needed something to help and rather than investing in blackout blinds, I decided to try a sleep mask. After reading the reviews, I went ahead and ordered this one. From the first night of using it, my sleep has improved dramatically. I fall asleep within minutes of putting the mask on and sleep mostly undisturbed through the full night. The mask is soft, comfortable and fits well without slipping off. The part which covers your eyes is quite large so there is no chance of light creeping in. I would highly recommend this item!"

SMUG 100% Blackout Sleep & Eye Mask

Best all round sleep mask
SMUG 100% Blackout Sleep & Eye Mask
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Fall asleep in style thanks to this gorgeous sleep and eye mask from SMUG. The black wink design is everything, the material is soft, and it'll block out 100 per cent of the light - now that's what we call a triple threat.

Review: "Love these masks sooooo much, I've been sleeping so much better and my lashes are less damaged as well. Complete black out. I have three now and two more on the way haha."

Echor total blackout eye mask

Best sleep mask for 100 per cent darkness
Echor total blackout eye mask

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Need complete darkness to have a snooze? You can have a nap anywhere anytime thanks to the ergonomic wings on either side of the nose preventing any light from entering under your mask while also working to alleviate any pressure on your eyelids for fresher-looking eyes when you wake up. Its unique construction means that there's no pressure on your eyes at all. What a relief!

Tried and tested by Ellen Kinsey, Commercial Content Writer for Whats the Best: "This eye mask has a premium feel with Velcro attachments so that you can tighten or loosen the mask to your liking. It is designed with eye holes, meaning you can open your eyes comfortably in the mask, but it will still be completely dark. As a light sleeper, I often toss and turn and lose my eye mask by the time I wake up in the morning. However, this mask stays on throughout the night, and no light peaks through. It would be beneficial for long journeys in planes and buses as well as for staying at hotels or other accommodation."

WU-MINGLU Bluetooth Eye Mask

Best sleep mask with headphones
WU-MINGLU Bluetooth Eye Mask
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Assuming that you fall asleep listening to ambient sounds, a sleep mask with headphones is the one for you. Considering it has a built-in speaker, it's easy to use and very comfortable. That said, don't forget to charge it before you get some rest or you won't be able to use it.

Review: "The material on this mask is very soft and pleasant on the skin. The charging cable with micro USB is hidden in a small zip-up pocket and doesn't get on the way when in use. The velcro at the back isn't hard, which is important to me as I suffer from compression headaches. The headphones inside the mask can be shifted to adjust the positioning to make it easier to hear. The sound isn't amazing, but is ok - I turn the music a bit louder at the source. The charge lasts for more than eight hours as I was able to listen to it two nights in a row without charging."

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Lily Anderson is a Senior Commercial Content Writer at Bauer Media, where she tests products for titles such as Heat, Closer, What’s the Best and Mother&Baby.

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