PILLOW TALK #5: Why are sleep masks good for you?

A good quality sleep mask can make all the difference. Melatonin, a sleep hormone that serves as an immunity booster and a natural anti-aging agent, is produced in the absence of light.

Sleep masks block light, signalling to your brain that it’s time for sleep. For those who work late-night shifts, these masks can help eliminate sleep-disrupting morning light.

Sleep masks can also be helpful to people who have nocturnal lagopthalmos—the inability to close their eyes fully when they sleep. Because our eyes need the protection and lubrication our lids offer, people who can’t close their lids fully can experience extremely dry eyes, and may even suffer permanent damage. 

When you wake up with the impressions of your wrinkled pillowcase on your face, it doesn’t just look funny: over time, it can actually lead to wrinkles. If you sleep on your side or stomach, the combination of the pressure against your skin and any rubbing on your pillowcase that makes these impressions can lead to collagen breakdown.