I've always been a light sleeper. So much so that I've been wearing an eye mask to bed since I was 12-years-old (yes, I got made fun of at sleepovers and at camp) and thanks to the noisy baseball guys that lived next to me in college, I started using ear plugs too (my poor husband).
Last week though, I saw an email about GLO to SLEEP, a sleep mask with four rows of photoluminescent ink lines inside of the eye pieces for a natural sleep aid that delivers a healthy night's sleep without sleeping pills. I was like, lights inside it? I use a sleep mask to block out the light, so I was skeptical, but also willing to try it especially since it comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee, including postage.
Basically, what you're supposed to do is hold the mask to a light for 30 seconds to charge the blue lights inside, put the mask on, breathe deeply and look at the lights, blink a few times, then close your eyes. The light strips actually weren't that bright and did emit more of a glow. The mask also blocked out all other light, cocooning my eyes. I'm not sure if it's a placebo effect or if it truly works, but it was rather calming and I had a lot more REM sleep my first night using it and when I'd wake up in the middle of the night, I'd quickly go right back to sleep. Due to the size of it and Velcro straps in the back, it's a bit bulkier than I'm used to sleeping with, but it also didn't fall off like my silky one some times does when I'm tossing and turning in the night.
Supposedly, the act of looking up and focusing on these blue "points of glo," clears the wearer's mind by converting disruptive Beta brain waves to calming Alpha waves and stimulates the body to produce natural melatonin. Also, the blue color of the ink does not inhibit the body's natural melatonin production. Honestly, I'm not sure what any of that means, but it makes me feel good thinking there is some sort of science to all this. Either way, I'm going to continue using GLO to SLEEP and if I needed any other encouragement it seems Melanie Griffith is a fan (and look at the rock on her finger):
The mask retails for $49.95 via Amazon or DrugStore.com.
PS: this is my 700th post!