Many will be looking forward to the prospects of bright days and long summer evenings but when the clocks go forward this can play havoc with the sleep patterns. Many people decide to buy eye masks at this time of the year so below Zhu Zhu provides some advice on choosing an eye mask or sleeping masks and why the wearing of a sleep mask is beneficial.
Lack of sleep can have a noticeable effect on our cognitive skills such as speech and memory, so sleep is vital for a healthy mind and body. With the longer hours of daylight, earlier dawns and longer twilights, the onset of summer time can have a detrimental effect on sleep for some people.
Sleep is triggered by a decrease in body temperature and an increase in the production of the hormone melatonin. The hormone allows our body to know when to sleep and how much to get. Sleep masks work by covering the eyes and causing a biological change to occur in the body. With the onset of darkness the body changes from the production of serotonin to melatonin.
Within the brain the pineal gland produces the hormones in small quantities and is then released into the blood stream. Production of Melatonin is stimulated by periods of darkness or dim light so wearing an eye mask or sleeping mask can promote deeper healthier sleep as Melatonin controls the recovery phases during the sleep.
Decreased melatonin levels can lead to a lack of good quality sleep, insomnia and other sleep disturbances. An eye mask, also often known as a sleep mask or sleeping mask, can provide complete darkness for your sleep, more darkness creates deeper sleep.
For the production of Melatonin the body requires sufficient darkness. Lightness prevents the production of melatonin even during sleep. Sleep masks provide complete darkness for your sleep and the constant supply of the body with melatonin. Melatonin also strengthens the immune system and therefore reduces the risk of diseases.
Light is important as a visual timing cue for the body, sunlight signals to the brain that it is time for your body to be awake and alert. Our body clock tells us when it is time to sleep and wake and controls our temperature, blood pressure, digestion and hormone production. Bright light and sunlight is known to have the greatest impact on our body clocks so wearing an eye mask can have a positive effect. Sleeping masks fool the body’s internal clock to produce the chemicals that prepare it for sleep.
Getting extra sleep will help contribute to levels of alertness and ability to solve problems, as well as improving memory skills.
Researchers have shown a clear link between total sleep time and obesity; those sleeping for shorter lengths of time have a much higher chance of being obese. Tiredness has been shown to lead to a desire for higher fat and higher sugar food types.
Eye masks and promote deeper sleep and one of the most important components for individual health and wellbeing is getting regular, good quality sleep. They can help if you want to sleep while travelling, if your bedroom cannot be completely blacked out and you want to sleep in, if you cannot fall asleep because your partner wants to read or watch TV.
To get the most benefit out a purchase of an eye mask you should consider the following factors when choosing an eye mask such as: light blocking qualities; comfort; eye pressure; the profile and shape; appearance.
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Zhu Zhu can provide advice on choosing the most suitable eye masks, sleep masks, sleeping masks and travel masks. Wheat bags, microwave slippers and eye mask specialists Zhu-Zhu offer a wide range of sleep masks to choose from.