The Best Sleep Masks I’ve Found For Blocking Out Light

woman in bed wearing a sleep maskDo you find you need total darkness to sleep, or that your eyes sometimes need a little attention and downtime?

Using a good sleep mask is an effective way to block out light when you can’t control the source, such as when travelling.

And a specially designed relaxation eye mask can relieve pressure and tiredness after a long day.

I’ve tried and tested a wide range of eye masks over the last few months, both while trying to sleep and purely for relaxation.

Hopefully these sleep mask reviews will help you find the right one to bring you a good night’s sleep, travel in comfort or simply unwind and rest your tired eyes.

Comparison table

You can see the sleep masks I’ll be looking at in this review in the table below. It should give you an idea of the different types available, with key information such as how well they block light, how comfortable the fabric is, the strap style, and which are my top rated.

 BrandTypeKey PointsBuy from
alaska bear sleep maskAlaska BearSilk
elastic strap
Most comfortable
light blocking
bedtime bliss sleep maskBedtime BlissContoured
Velcro strap
Best contoured
Great light blocking
imak eye maskImak
Eye Pillow
Elastic strap
Provides cooling
& acupressure
jersey slumber eye maskJersey
Slider strap
Very soft
Good strap
3d sleep mask3D Sleep MaskContoured
Memory foam
Velcro strap
Good light
everest essentials maskEverest
elastic strap
Wide design
sleep master deluxeSleep Master
Velcro strap
Widest design
purefly maskPureflyMulberry silk
elastic strap
Earth therapeutics eye maskEarth
Silk & cotton
Velcro strap

1. Alaska Bear Natural Silk Sleep Mask

Lightweight, luxuriously soft and effective

alaska-bear-sleep-maskIf you need a fabric sleep mask which is lightweight, comfortable and shuts out light effectively, the Alaska Bear is my recommended sleep mask.

I found that it completely blocks out light, even if the light source is quite bright. And importantly it’s made from a soft and breathable natural Mulberry silk, which feels gentle on the skin.

The straps are elastic and adjustable so you can easily find the exact fit you need. The strap adjuster is on the back of the mask, which is perfect if you like to sleep on your side, and there’s no velcro, so long hair won’t get caught in it.

Overall, the Alaska Bear sleep mask does a simple job very reliably. If you’re looking for cooling, aromatherapy or specially padded straps then you’ll find all that in the masks below.

But if all you need is a simple sleeping mask which takes up no space, and you’ll hardly feel over your eyes, then you can’t go far wrong here.

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2. Bedtime Bliss Contoured Sleep Mask

Best contoured sleep mask

bedtime bliss sleep mask

The Bedtime bliss sleep mask is the best contoured mask I’ve found due to its soft, comfortable and effective light-blocking design.

There’s plenty of space between the mask and your eyes, meaning you can open your eyes easily and it doesn’t put pressure on your eyelids or eyelashes.

It’s comfortable to wear for long periods of time, even in hot weather. The straps are adjustable and importantly don’t dig into your skin. This is always a key point I look out for, so I was happy to find the mask is comfortable to wear and you soon forget it’s there.

It blocks out light very well considering the fact that it’s a contoured type. As with many eye masks, you may find it lets in tiny slithers of light depending on the shape of your facial features. But I think they’ve done a good job of creating as good a one-size-fits-all shape as possible.

It also comes with a carry case and the excellent Moldex earplugs. Overall, if you prefer contoured sleep masks which provide room for your eyes, the Bedtime Bliss is a great option.

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3. Imak Eye Pillow

Ideal for pain relief and relaxation

imak eye pillow

The Imak eye pillow goes beyond simple light blocking, adding 2 features to provide pain relief: it provides both acupressure and cooling to the area around your eyes.

The exterior is made from a comfortable lycra material. It’s also considerably heavier than most other sleep masks, which you may find brings a feeling of comfort in itself.

It has ergo beads built into the mask, which provides pain relief and relaxation due to the massaging pressure of the beads on your face.

You can leave it in the fridge or freezer for a short while to get a cooling effect, again helping with pain relief and relaxation. I found it stays cool for 20-30 minutes on average, which seemed to be about the right amount of time to help soothe my eyes.

The weight means it stays on your eyes and blocks out light effectively. And it has a contoured space for the eyes so you can move your eyelids and eyelashes.

With the combination of acupressure and cooling effect, the Imak eye pillow is both an effective sleep mask and a way to calm sore eyes and facial muscles at the end of a long day.

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4. 3D Sleep Mask by PrettyCare

Memory foam contoured sleep mask

3d sleepmask

The Pretty Care 3D eye mask is the only one in this review made from memory foam, yet it’s surprisingly thin and lightweight. What I particularly liked about it is that it feels soft, yet maintains a contoured shape with spaces for your eyelids and eyelashes to move around.

It does a great job of blocking out light, and the adjustable strap has a reliable velco fastener to keep it in place. I think there’s enough on the strap to suit head sizes at both ends of the spectrum.

You also get 2 masks in the pack, along with 2 sets of earplugs. I’ve seen some complaints online that the mask comes apart at the edges faster than others, but I didn’t find that. And even if it does, the second one should keep you going for some time.

Overall,¬†I think both the Bedtime Bliss and 3D mask are good options if you want to try a contoured style sleep mask. Personally, I think the Bedtime Bliss has slightly more space for the eyes, but it’s a marginal difference so it will probably¬†come down to personal preference.

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5. Jersey Slumber Silk Sleep Mask

Super soft with a thin slider strap

jersey slumber sleep mask

The vast majority of sleep masks seem to be made from 100% silk, and also follow a similar design. So it’s not always obvious what the difference is between them.

What I like about the Jersey Slumber sleep mask is that it’s thoughtfully designed to be very comfortable to use all night long if you need to.

Firstly, the silk feels super soft against the skin, providing a gentle, comforting feeling for the eyes. And it’s long and wide enough to do a good job of blocking out light.

The main plus though is the strap, which avoids any potentially hair-tangling velcro. Instead, they’ve opted for an adjustable slider strap, and made it so thin and and unobtrusive that you can sleep on your side with no problem.

If you’ve found silk masks in the past let in a little light around the nose, you might find that with this one too because the design isn’t as contoured as some others. But otherwise, this is a lovely eye mask that ticks all the right boxes for comfort.

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6. Everest Essentials Sleep Mask

Comfortable silk sleep mask

everest essentials sleep mask

The Everest Essentials sleep mask is similar to the Alaska Bear and Jersey Slumber in many ways. It’s also made from a beautifully soft silk fabric which feels comfortable against your face.

The straps are easy to adjust, and are suitable for a wide range of head sizes. There’s no velcro either, so it’s less likely you’ll wake up with your hair stuck in the straps.

The eye mask is of a good size and shape, and I find it did a good job of blocking out light. It’s quite malleable, so if you’ve had problems shaping eye masks to your face before, you might find you can block the light better with this one.

It comes with a pair of foam earplugs and a little travel case. The packaging it arrives in is also nice, so it would probably make quite a good gift.

Overall, if you’re looking for a silky soft eye mask it’s a good choice, especially if you’ve had difficulty getting the right fit with previous masks.

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7. Sleep Master Deluxe Sleep Mask

Total light blocking with a wrap-around design

sleep master deluxe sleep mask

The sleep master deluxe sleep mask provides a good balance between comfort and light blocking. Its made from a soft and breathable satin material which fits snugly around your head.

The padding wraps all the way around, so the thick strap won’t get tangled in your hair like basic eye masks sometimes do.

And having the soft, hypoallergenic material all the way around means it shouldn’t irritate your skin or leave strap marks.

It blocks out light very well due to the larger than usual design. So when you move your head around, light is less likely to appear around the edges.

One potential problem is that it might be a little warm to use in hot bedrooms. So if you don’t have a good fan or air conditioning keeping the temperature under control, you might want to try a different eye mask.

Overall, it does a great job of keeping out light whilst still allowing you to sleep comfortably. And with this sleep mask you can rest in the knowledge that your skin and hair will be protected.

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8. Purefly Sleep Mask

Lightweight mulberry silk mask

purefly sleep mask

The Purefly sleep mask has a lot in common with the Alaska Bear and the Everest Essentials. To the point that when checking them over to write this review, it took a moment to work out which one was which!

It’s made from lightweight and breathable Mulberry silk, which feels lovely on the skin. It’s very soft and comfortable, and the breathable aspect makes it much more pleasant to sleep with than the more synthetic materials.

Like the other two, it also has an elastic adjustable strap, with no velcro in sight. So long hair is safe from getting caught and matted, and it will fit any head size.

It’s actually quite large, larger than it looks in the photo, and so blocks light very well. I found there was no sign of light, which is exactly what you need.

All in all, there’s not really much to separate this from the other two silk masks. It would be nice if it came with a carry case, but I can’t fault the mask itself.

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9. Earth Therapeutics

Cute sleep mask with aromatherapy and ultra soft fabric

Earth Therapeutics Sleeping Mask

If you enjoy aromatherapy then the scent of Peppermint and Valerian in the Earth Therapeutics sleep mask could help you relax and drift off to sleep.

The scent is calming and relaxing, adding a little extra something to the sleep mask. And importantly, it does a good job of blocking out light, especially considering its small design.

It’s very comfortable to wear, made from a combination of silk and cotton which feels soft and pleasant on the skin.

It’s lightweight and will sit snugly on your face whether you sleep on your back or side. And the strap is adjustable so the mask stays on your face quite well, even if you turn a lot in your sleep.

If you’re not fond of the smell of flowers in bed, or are allergic to Valerian, it’s not the one for you. But if you do like scented products and are looking for the softest of fabrics, this is one of the best sleep masks you’ll find which combines the two.

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