Poor sleep habits can affect everything from your weight to your marriage. Yet, the average 30- to 60-year-old woman gets less than the 7 to 9 hours of sleep recommended by the National Sleep Foundation. Yikes.
The good news, though, is that there are inexpensive, effective ways to improve your sleep quality. The most basic thing you can do is make your sleep environment cool and dark. Seems simple, but if you live in a city—where light seeps in through your windows at all hours of the night—darkening your room might be impossible. That’s why one Prevention writer never dozes off without her trusty silk sleep mask.
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Our writer’s mask costs $40. But more than 8,000 Amazon reviewers swear by a $10 alternative called the Alaska Bear Natural Silk Sleep Mask—7,275 of which felt compelled to rate it 5 stars. Some reviewers rave that it blocks out all possible light. Others say it fits super comfortably, stays in place all night, and feels soft to the touch. Multiple people say it is the best sleep mask they’ve ever bought, including a few reviewers who say they’ve been sleeping with masks on for years.
This is the best way to get a good night’s sleep:
The simple mask is made from natural mulberry silk on both sides. It features an easily adjustable band from 15.8 to 27.6 inches with plastic adjusters that rest on the back of the head, instead of your temples.
For $10 on Amazon, it’ll make a great stocking stuffer for any light sleepers on your list this holiday season.