Thursday, 28 February 2013

Sleep Masks

Because my job is a 24-hour position, I work a lot of night shifts. The shifts themselves aren't so bad (although if my bosses ever monitored my internet activity, I'm sure they'd be like "Who needs to read so many nail polish blogs at 4 in the morning?") but the days following are the worst. I usually get home around 8am, when the sun is bright and my landlords dogs are barking away in the backyard. 

This is a pretty accurate representation of my personality at that time: 

My room has tons of natural light which is great most of the time, and terrible when I need to sleep during the day. My makeshift solution of sticking a pillow over my head is not cutting it so I've been thinking about investing in a sleep mask to block out the light (and make me feel fancy and glamourous). Here are a few options I've found:

(Pictures are linked to their sources)

Retro Glam
This one from Etsy is my favourite, but at $41 Canadian, a little out of my price range.

Sweet and Sleepy
I love love love yellow and pink together, and this also has little birds on it! 

Tossing and Turning
This one has two (!) adjustable straps, which would make it a lot more likely to stay on my abnormally shaped head. 

Plain and Practical
This navy one is simple but seems highly rated, I think because of the material used and the shape around the eye area.

The Dark Night
I'm sure there's no need to explain why this is awesome. 
I've also been toying with the idea of making one myself. I found this tutorial on Pinterest, but I'm not sure my sewing skills are up to it. 

What do you guys do when you have to sleep in less-than-ideal conditions?


  1. Some of these are so cute!!

    I recently studied abroad in the UK, and it was my first experience with dorm living. I lived in an apartment, and it was quite noisy with people walking below in the court yards, and natural light would come through. After pulling all nighters, I really needed to sleep in some afternoons so I invested in some ear plugs, and used the sleep mask that came with my travel kit -- and I loved it!

    I think it is important to try out sleep masks if you can -- mine had extra cloth at the nose which seemed to help fill in any cracks of light at the nose bridge.

    Also -- regularly clean it! You don't really realize how gross they can get, but they do. Just a gentle soap & some warm water works fine.

    I hope you find one that works for you!

  2. Oof, that sounds like a nightmare! I have enough of a hard time falling asleep at night as it is. Like the commentor above, I really recommend trying some on (or ordering a few that have an easy return policy so you can try them on at home), because I've found that the size/shape, especially around the bridge of your nose can make them uncomfortable. Also, it's probably better to go with adjustable elastic (that has velcro on it), so you can size it perfectly to your head. I've gotten some where the elastic was too tight and it kept me from falling asleep.

    If you sleep on your back, I'd recommend an eye pillow, like this one:

    Also, if this schedule is permanent, you may want to invest in blackout curtains, which do exactly what they sound like :)