You can eat all of the superfoods, drink an ocean's worth of water, and plank until your arms can lift couches without breaking a sweat. But if you're not sleeping well at night, other positive habits aren't going to mean much. The best sleep masks on the market can't put the stress of that morning meeting out of your mind — but they can go a long way toward creating a comfortable, soothing environment that helps you sleep more deeply and get a solid seven to eight hours of shut-eye.
Unlike hi-tech inventions that help you get a better night's rest, the concept behind your average sleep mask is simple. Sleep masks are designed to filter out as much light as possible — though some are better at blocking out all light, while others allow soft ambient light through. They shouldn't squeeze your eyes shut, nor should their straps cause so much discomfort that you find yourself waking up in the middle of the night to rip them off your face.
Today's modern sleep masks are contoured to suit your face, but are also soft and breathable. They can be made of silk, cotton, velvet, and even foam — choosing the material that you find most comfortable has never been easier. You'll even find a few sleep masks on this list that will surprise you — some feature aromatherapy or boast depuffing benefits.
Whether you just started having trouble sleeping or have been meaning to test out an eye mask for a while, there's a unique design on this list for everyone, below.