I recently met with a lovely family in Chicago who lived in the penthouse of a high-rise close to Michigan Avenue. Their little one was having a very hard time falling asleep at bedtime, waking twice each night, and taking shorts naps.
But the kicker was that she was up at 4:30am. EVERY morning.
When I visited their home, I realized part of the problem was light. The fourth wall in her bedroom was floor to ceiling windows…without blackout shades. Great views, but not ideal for sleep.
Long story short, the parents followed the Sleep Plan I developed and covered that giant window COMPLETELY and now their little girl is sleeping 12 hours a night and taking solid naps. Success!
BUT, as many of my clients tell me after their child starts sleeping, now THEY are the ones having trouble falling asleep and staying asleep. After waking up with your child several times a night for months, your body develops a bad habit of waking up on its own, even after those nocturnal events cease. (Most parents don’t really “complain”…they are happy that they can stay in their bed all night and not tromp over to their child’s room umpteen times a night!)
Here’s what the mask promises to deliver:
- Get to deeper sleep more quickly
- Stay in deeper sleep longer
- Ensures that you wake up refreshed and more rested
The insert in the mask is a magnet and the cover is made of “all natural ‘thermostatic’ fabrics that climate-cool the skin and help skin look and feel younger.” When you put the mask on, it feels cool and comfortable and then adjusts to your body temperature.
Let me premise this by saying I sleep well when my children aren’t sick and up coughing (or worse!) all night, my husband doesn’t have a cold and is snoring and it isn’t too hot in the bedroom. [With this particularly hot summer, and our A/C going out on the hottest day yet, I learned from our knowledgeable repairman that you can only reasonably expect your HVAC system to cool your home 25° below the outside temperature…so when it was 103° here in Chicago, 78° was the coolest we could get. With ideal sleeping temperatures between 65-68°, this made sleeping a little less comfortable! Even with central air, he suggests putting a window unit upstairs in the bedroom to take some of the load off the main unit.]
BUT I do wake up early because our windows have southern exposure and are quite bright in the morning, despite the shades. When I used the Deep Sleep mask, the light issue was taken out of the equation and I slept in longer. Fantastic! (Although the strap sometimes unhooked from the mask in the middle of the night and I found it under my pillow the next morning. Easy to fix with a needle and thread to make the connection more permanent, or just pinch the metal brackets that hold the strap more tightly.) Wouldn’t any ol’ sleep mask do that? Yes, but the sleep masks I’ve tried in the past are very lightweight and tend to slide off your head in the middle of the night, so by the time morning rolls around, it isn’t covering your eyes anymore. This mask, with the magnet insert, is more substantial and doesn’t slide as much.
And did it make me fall asleep quicker and have “deeper sleep”? I can honestly say yes, at least on the falling asleep quicker side. Of course it’s impossible to know exactly when you fall asleep, but I’m one of those people who can’t shut down easily at night and will easily run through to-do lists in my head. I notice in the mornings, thinking back on the night before, that I don’t “think” as much in bed at night anymore.
In the 6 weeks that I’ve been using the mask, one of my son’s has gotten sick and he ended up running to the bathroom to throw up at 3am. (Those are NOT good nights!) Anyway, when something like that happened in the past, I wouldn’t be able to fall back asleep–all the excitement! BUT with the mask…I did. This is big, because I’ve never been good at falling back asleep that late (or early?) in the night.
So it blocks out the light and helps you get BACK to sleep.
But does it get you into deeper sleep? Since I typically feeling rested when I wake up normally, I can’t say if it helped in that area. It would be interesting to hear from a parent who tries one of these after being sleep deprived for 6 months and see if s/he feels more rejuvenated in the morning.
I do believe magnets can be used to promote better health. Here is a link on the research on magnets in relation to osteoarthritis, bone healing, fibromyalgia, inflammation, etc. As far as I can tell, there hasn’t been a study on magnets and sleep.
I have remembered to take this mask on trips this summer (and when you’re packing for 4 people, you only remember the essentials, so that must mean something). It’s a well made product and should last a long time (I’ve washed it and it came out without any loose threads). It blocks out the light when your shades aren’t doing the job, and it has helped me fall asleep quicker and get back to sleep when I’ve woken in the middle of the night.
Of course I can only share how the mask has helped me and make no guarantees that you will see the same results. But if you have a hard time getting back to sleep in the middle of the night, if light is an issue in your bedroom, or you need some help regulating your sleep again after your little one is on a better sleep schedule, this product may be able to help you. If you’d like to purchase one, visit this link. (I am not an affiliate and will not receive any compensation for purchases through the link.) As a bonus with your purchase, you will receive a sampling of Alphay’s tea and coffee if you send an email with “Referred by link on Sleep Training Solutions” in the subject line.
*Please not that this product will not be suitable for individuals with certain health concerns. (For example, those with pacemakers should avoid magnets.)
Disclaimer: I received this product for free in exchange for a review on my blog documenting my own experience using it. When I evaluate products or services, I will write an honest review, whether the product was given to me or purchased. As always, please remember that I am not a medical professional and these are my opinions and should not be used as medical advice. Please consult with your physician before using new health products.