How to Make an Eye Mask for the Best Sleep Ever
Are you looking for the secret to getting the best sleep ever? If so, you may want to consider making an eye mask. Eye masks can provide multiple benefits to help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. In this blog post, we’ll show you how to make an eye mask that will give you the restful sleep you’ve been searching for. Read on to learn more about the benefits of an eye mask and how to make one of your own.
The benefits of an eye mask
Using an eye mask is an easy and effective way to improve your sleep quality. Wearing an eye mask can help you fall asleep faster, and stay asleep longer. Eye masks block out light, allowing your body to relax into a deeper sleep. They also help keep distractions away while you're sleeping. An eye mask can help reduce the amount of light in your bedroom, creating a darker and calmer atmosphere. This darkness can reduce the production of cortisol, a hormone that can inhibit sleep. An eye mask also helps to keep your head and face comfortable while sleeping, reducing the risk of neck pain and wrinkles. With all these benefits, it’s no wonder that an eye mask is a popular choice for those looking to get a better night’s sleep.
The materials you'll need
Creating an eye mask is a relatively simple and inexpensive process. All you need to make your own is some fabric, elastic, a needle and thread, and an optional sewing machine.
The fabric should be soft enough to not irritate your eyes and thick enough to keep out light. You can also use a pre-made eye mask from the store if desired.
The elastic should be around 8-12 inches in length, so it fits comfortably around your head without being too tight.
Finally, you'll need a needle and thread (or a sewing machine) for stitching the eye mask together. Make sure the thread is strong and able to handle the tension of being sewn onto the fabric.
Now that you have all the materials you need, you are ready to get started!
The steps to making your eye mask
- Gather your materials. You'll need two pieces of fabric, a pair of scissors, a needle and thread, and elastic.
- Cut out two equal-sized rectangles from your fabric. They should measure about 5”x7” each.
- Sew the two pieces of fabric together on three sides with a 1/4” seam allowance. Leave the top open.
- Cut two pieces of elastic measuring 6” long each.
- Place the elastic at the top corners of the eye mask and pin in place.
- Sew the elastic to the eye mask using a zigzag stitch, making sure to backstitch at the beginning and end.
- Turn the eye mask right side out and press.
- Stitch around the entire edge of the eye mask with a 1/4” seam allowance, making sure to backstitch at the beginning and end. This will help secure the elastic and give the eye mask a finished look.
- Trim any loose threads and you're done! Your eye mask is ready to use.
Tips for using your eye mask
- 1. Choose a comfortable fabric. When selecting the fabric for your eye mask, go for something lightweight and breathable so it won’t irritate your eyes or face. Consider fabrics like silk, satin, cotton, or flannel.
- 2. Put the eye mask on before you drift off to sleep. Donning the eye mask right before you fall asleep will help to create a consistent bedtime routine and allow your body to relax as you transition into sleep.
- 3. Make sure the eye mask is tight but comfortable. A snug fit helps to block out more light, but don’t make it so tight that it’s uncomfortable or painful.
- 4. Put the eye mask in the freezer. If you need an extra boost of relaxation, try popping your eye mask in the freezer for 10-15 minutes before using. The cold fabric can help reduce swelling and improve circulation around the eyes.
- 5. Keep the eye mask clean. To avoid bacteria buildup, hand wash your eye mask every week or two with warm water and mild detergent. Avoid putting it in the washing machine since this can damage the fabric.