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From cooling sheets to cozy pajamas, there are many factors at play when it comes to getting a solid night of shut eye. For instance, it wasn’t until I discovered the benefits of a weighted blanket that my sleep game really leveled up.
So when I was offered to test out a weighted eye mask touted as being like “a hug for your head,” I was naturally curious. I’m happy to report that using said mask has unlocked an even more blissful realm of sleep than I’d ever before experienced — and it’s just a click away at Amazon.
The NodPod isn’t your everyday eye mask (or the kind that does wonders for under eye circles) but instead, one that uses gentle pressure to alleviate anxiety, much like that of a weighted blanket. By combining 9 ounces of weighted BPA-free beads among four equal pods and a strapless design, the NodPod is in a class all its own.
When I first unboxed the mask, I was pleasantly surprised by how soft each of the sides were: One is made from a cooling jersey cotton and the other from a soft-but-lightweight microfiber fleece. Admittedly, when I held it in my hand, my first impression was that I did expect it to be a bit heavier—but according to the brand, you can always fold the pods and wear the mask that way to double the pressure. (Think of it like barre class — after a while, those 3 pound weights don’t feel so light anymore.)
Because I am nothing if not committed when it comes to testing out ways to improve my favorite activity (sleeping), I decided to put it to the test during a nap. I woke up about an hour and a half later amazed at how well the mask stayed put, but that’s no mistake either. Thanks to its thoughtful design, side sleepers such as myself can use the last two eye pods while resting our heads on the hollow end of the mask.
Needless to say, I was hooked. But it’s not just me who’s been catching more Zzzs since using the sleep mask, because over 1,500 Amazon shoppers have given it a five-star rating. “I frequently put it in my freezer and love how it maintains its softness,” one reviewer said, adding, “I use it every night to fall asleep and frequently use it when I’m having a migraine or just need to give my eyes a rest from staring at screens. It fully blocks out light and the pressure has a very light touch.”
If you’re ready to take your sleep game to the next level, head to Amazon to get the machine washable eye mask I—and hundreds of shoppers—can’t stop raving about.