Sleep masks are generally designed to promote better sleep by blocking out unwanted light, but there are plenty of masks on the market that serve multiple purposes. Unfortunately, for consumers, they aren’t always “one size fits all” and some masks will feel more comfortable and accommodating to you than others. Use this helpful guide to direct you to the sleep mask that best fits you and your circumstances.
Our Top Picks for the Best Sleep Masks:
- Best for Side Sleepers — Alaska Bear
- Sleep Apnea — MZOO Mask
- Dry Eyes Sleep Mask — Kimkoo
- Best for First-time Users — Bedtime Bliss
Alaska Bear Sleep Mask
- Several Color Options
- Slik Material
It can especially be uncomfortable if you’re laying up against the strap adjuster, which tends to be located on the side of the mask. We think Alaska Bear’s Natural Sleep Mask, however, eliminates these problems.
Back sleepers (usually) don’t have any issues when it comes to sleeping with a sleep mask, but it’s a different story for people who sleep on their side. Certain masks may be too heavy or dense, causing side sleepers to wake up after a few hours feeling a lot of pressure up against their temples.
The mask is constructed with natural mulberry silk on both sides, making it ultra smooth, thin, lightweight, and most importantly — comfortable for side sleeping. We also think it feels cool and luxurious against the face, and it did a good job at blocking out unwanted lights.
MZOO Sleep Mask
- Those who want a mask designed with memory foam
- People looking for a mask with contoured eye cups
- Folks who want ear plugs included
Folks with sleep apnea, a common sleep disorder that affects 22 million Americans, know how much of a struggle it can be to get a full night’s sleep without any disruptions, and you especially don’t want your sleep mask to contribute to those disruptions.
It fits comfortably around the head and face for those who sleep with a CPAP machine, and has a firmly sealed fit so it helps stop CPAP air leaks from drying out your eyes and causing irritation. We aren’t sure if its construction has something to do with that, but unlike other masks, it’s manufactured using heat-bonded technology rather than glue.
It also has contoured eye cups so your eyes and eyelashes don’t ever touch the inner shell of the mask when you’re wearing it. As an added plus, they include a set of ear plugs so you can block out bothersome noises as well as unwanted light.
Kimkoo Sleep Mask
- Folks with dry eyes
- Consumers who appreciate extra security (lifetime warranty)
- Those who want a mask backed by medical professionals
The kimkoo hot compress eye mask is plush, purple, and feels nice and fuzzy against your face. The one downside of this mask, we think, is its bulkiness. But if you sleep on your back and want to relieve your dry eyes, it’s probably something you’ll be able to look past.
How does it work exactly? The inside is filled with flaxseed filling that naturally absorbs moisture, and releases upon heat activation. That means no water is necessary, which we thought was really neat.
All you need to do is pop it in the microwave for 30-50 seconds, close your eyes, and put on the sleep mask for about 6-8 minutes. During this time, the mask helps improve your eye’s natural process that prevents tear evaporation, resulting in refreshed and healthier eyes.
For a specialty mask with an innovative design, we found kimkoo to be pretty affordable.
Bedtime Bliss Sleep Mask
- People looking for a light feeling sleep mask
- Those who want contoured eye cups for more eye room
- Folks who want their mask to come with ear plugs
The sleep mask from Bedtime Bliss is made with 100% polyester on the outer shell, and 100% polyurethane foam (jargon for neutral-foam) on the inside, making it particularly lightweight. We actually think it’s a little reminiscent of microfiber.
It does a pretty good job at blocking out light, but some of our testers did have a little light peek through the nose area. With that being said, it was only a tiny amount and they noted how they didn’t think it was enough to disrupt sleep.
One feature they loved about the Bedtime Bliss mask is its contoured eyes, allowing their eyes and eyelashes to bat and blink without touching the inside of the mask. This was a major contributor to the “barely there” feeling we were looking for. It also comes with a pair of earplugs if you want to block out unwanted noise like honking horns or your partner’s loud snores.
How We Test Sleep Masks
The Slumber Yard team personally tests and assesses each sleep product we review through a series of practical, hands-on inspections and assessments, with utmost commitment to honesty and authenticity. We have personally hand-tested over 175 mattresses. Our reviews, comparisons, and buyer guides go beyond product descriptions so you can get a real-person perspective of each product’s feel, look, and value. From our sleep science certified editors and writers to our production and business teams, everyone’s committed to helping you find the mattress of your dreams and (hopefully) the best sleep of your life.