Get an eye mask to reduce light while sleeping

I’ve been sleeping with an eye mask for years now. I have become pretty reliant on the mask and earplugs for falling asleep.

If you have trouble falling asleep, definitely try out the mask and earplugs and see if removing these extra sensory inputs helps.

I’ve had a few eye masks, the current one I’m using is the Nidra Deep Rest Eye Mask ($12 on Amazon). It may not be for everyone because the eye part is contoured, but it’s the top rated one on Wirecutter and it’s worked well for me.

There are lots of options online like weighted ones and flat ones so you might need to try one or two to see what works best and actually stays on at night.

There’s been a study on the impact of earplugs and eye masks on patients in a simulated ICU environment. The study was only with 14 participants which seems extremely small to me but they did notice improvements for those with the masks and earplugs.

Earplugs and eye masks promote sleep and hormone balance in healthy subjects exposed to simulated ICU noise and light, making their promotion in ICU patients reasonable.

I wouldn’t say this is conclusive by any means since most of us aren’t sleeping in an ICU every night and the study was so small, but it’s a positive sign.