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Sleep masks can provide sweet dreams, even in the middle of the day. Also called eye masks, sleep masks slip over the eyes and are usually held in place by an elastic or Velcro band that goes around the back of the head to keep it securely in place. The masks are made of a variety of fabrics and materials, but all have one thing in common: they are designed to block out any light, even direct sunlight.
Light sleepers, headache and migraine sufferers, nocturnal workers, and people who travel to different time zones find that a sleep mask aids in allowing them to get a full night's sleep. These masks are also helpful for those who need a soothing break from the glare of the computer screen, for young mothers with erratic sleep schedules, or just for enjoying a decadent mid-day catnap.
Sleep masks can be purchased online or off, through specialty sleep stores, lingerie shops, luggage stores, or major retailers. Most of these suppliers offer these masks in a variety of fabrics, styles, sizes, colors, designs and price points; the simplest type are solid black fabric or utilitarian gel pads.
Other, more specialized manufacturers offer niceties that add to the feeling of luxury that comes with wearing a sleep mask. Today's sleep masks can feature such creature comforts as aromatherapy inserts to calm frayed nerves. Top-of-the-line masks include divine extras such as heating and cooling units, and sound systems that play soothing white noise or your favorite calming music.
Most people use sleep masks for very practical reasons while sleeping, but these masks can be designed to be sassy and sexy as well. Although the wearer can't see the mask while wearing it, obviously, the masks can be shaped and colored like butterflies, made of silk and rhinestones, fashioned of satin and lace, or even sport exotic animal prints, such as leopard and zebra.
Whether blocking out ambient street light or the bright sun of a summer day, whether napping or catching winks between swing shifts, slip away to dreamland in your sleep mask. You can enjoy a restful sleep and look like a movie star.