How to Sleep with an Eyemask: 11 Steps (with Pictures)


Sarah Gerke, RN, MS

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This article was medically reviewed by Sarah Gehrke, RN, MS. Sarah Gerke is a Registered Nurse and Licensed Massage Therapist in Texas. Sarah has over 10 years of experience teaching and practicing phlebotomy and intravenous (IV) therapy using physical, psychological, and emotional support. She received her Massage Therapist License from the Amarillo Massage Therapy Institute in 2008 and earned her MS in Nursing from the University of Phoenix in 2013. This article has been viewed 123,353 times.

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The content of this article is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, examination, diagnosis, or treatment. You should always consult with your doctor or other qualified health care professional before starting, changing, or discontinuing any type of health treatment.

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An eyemask can be a great tool for blocking out excess light when you’re trying to sleep. If you need to block out a lot of light, choose a thicker mask. On the other hand, if you’re not facing a lot of light, a thin mask may do just fine. Choose a mask that suits your sleeping position. For example, if you sleep on your back, avoid masks that cling to the back because they can irritate your scalp. Choose a mask that fits you well and is made of a comfortable fabric. If your mask is adjustable, put it on and properly adjust it before trying to sleep. Relax before bed by wearing the mask pushed to your forehead so you have time to get used to it. When you’re ready to sleep, pull down your mask. If the mask distracts you and makes it difficult to fall asleep, try deep breathing or focusing on relaxing imagery to help you. For more tips from our medical co-author on what to do if you can’t sleep with your eye mask on, keep reading!

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