If you’re a fan of the weighted blanket trend and looking for an upgrade, may I introduce you to the weighted eye mask?

By Brooke Schuldt
Updated January 14, 2019
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As someone who has dealt with anxiety for most of my life, I have to admit that I rolled my eyes when I saw that weighted blankets were trending as a form of anxiety relief. You’re telling me that lying under something heavy can calm me down? Get real. Unless I happened to be curled under a weighted blanket with a bunch of snuggly puppies, I doubted that something so simple could work.

Plus, they aren’t cheap. Sure, you can get a reasonably-priced blanket at Target, but most other places charge you well over $100. So I never gave the trend a try—I just assumed it wasn’t for me and continued with my tried-and-true anxiety cures, like doing yoga and meditation before bed or watching trashy television (something about watching the crazy lives of the Jersey Shore cast really calms me down, don’t ask me why).

You can imagine that when I was gifted the Therapedic Weighted Eye Mask ($15; bedbathandbeyond.com), I was more than a bit skeptical. If I didn’t think a heavy blanket would do the trick, there is certainly no way that a one-pound eye mask would do anything for me. Surprisingly, I decided to give it a try because I may be a skeptic, but I’m also open-minded, and I can honestly say that I got the best night’s sleep of my life wearing that eye mask.

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I know, I couldn’t believe it either.

The weight was not uncomfortable like I thought it would be; I didn’t even really feel it at all. It was distributed evenly throughout the mask, so it applied a nice amount of pressure to the bridge of my nose that felt nice. I fell into a deep sleep almost instantly, something that can be hard for me to do when I’m feeling particularly anxious, and I woke up the next morning feeling like a new person. I didn’t wake up feeling tired or groggy or angry that it was Monday–I woke up feeling well-rested, which completely changed my entire day. Plus, I can imagine that having a little extra weight on your sinuses could come in handy for anyone with a cold or sinus infection.

For anyone who is not convinced to try one of these immediately, I present you with another plus: It’s only $14.99. Instead of buying a huge, heavy blanket for over $100 that you have to find a place to store in your home, you could buy an eye mask that fits into your nightstand drawer for less than $15.

I didn’t believe the hype, and now I drift off to sleep every night with no problems at all. If you, like me, have trouble sleeping, it may be worth investing in some new nighttime eyewear.