They sing you lullabies, give you thermal massages and use cutting-edge Nasa technology

Many of us wear an eye mask to block out the light when we sleep, but what if your mask could also sing lullabies, give massages, and take advantage of the latest NASA technology?

Enter the new wave of high-tech eye technology that promises to do just that. These “smart” masks claim to help us fall asleep by enlisting the support of other senses – touch, warmth and sound – to create a relaxing sleep environment.

With 60% of people reporting increased sleep problems after the pandemic, it’s no wonder we’re turning to futuristic options.

The global eye mask market grew by £ 8.2 million to £ 1.7 billion last year, and over the next three years, nearly a third of the growth will come from the technology sector, according to market research. by Technavio.

Smart sleep masks claim to help us sleep by enlisting the support of other senses. 60% of people reported increased sleep problems after the pandemic. The Musicozy mask plays songs through hidden speakers in soft fleece

Are gadgets really the answer to a good night? “High-tech solutions can help improve nighttime sleep,” says Sammy Margo, author of The Good Sleep Guide. “Try the technology options but don’t lose sight of other factors, such as bedtime routine, diet and screen time, which can affect the quality and quantity of sleep.”

Let’s put the last ones to the snooze test …

STARTING SIMPLE

Manta Sleep Mask (£ 30, mantasleep.uk)

Manta Sleep Mask uses breathable materials to provide the lightest, most soundproof fit without tearing hair or pressing on the eyeballs

Manta Sleep Mask uses breathable materials to provide the lightest, most soundproof fit without tearing hair or pressing on the eyeballs

It may seem a little tech but uses breathable materials to provide the lightest, most sound-absorbing fit without snagging hair or pressing on the eyeballs – adjustable eyecups prevent longer lashes from being pinched and allow even the most vigorous eye movement (REM) sleep. Earplugs are included, but cold and warm eye patches need to be ordered separately.

VERDICT: Beautifully comfortable and the perfect blackout with no eye pressure, but too expensive to justify the lack of smart features. 2/5

LITTLE BABY

Musicozy Sleep Caps (£ 20.99, amazon.co.uk)

Get singing to sleep with conveniently hidden speakers Bluetooth connected to your playlist. Super soft, washable fleece gently wraps your head instead of pressing on your sockets or ears.

VERDICT: This makes up for what it lacks in massage functions with the power of pampering, and the ability to set up listening to a snoozy tune or podcast really helps you sleep. One for the side sleepers because it’s so comfortable from any angle. The easy volume control on the forehead means you don’t have to fumble for your phone in the dark. 4/5

CONTAINING HOT

Renpho True View Eye Massager (£ 54.99, uk.renpho.com)

The new Renpho model brings a Bladerunner vibe to the game of masks with its wraparound mirror visor and newly introduced viewing windows

Renpho’s new model brings a Bladerunner vibe to the mask game with its wraparound mirror visor and newly introduced viewing windows

Renpho’s new model brings a Bladerunner vibe to the mask game with its wraparound mirror visor and newly introduced viewing windows. The thermal massage option supposedly eliminates bags under the eyes with an acupuncture point massage.

VERDICT: Simple side controls and quiet voice prompts as you choose your options put the Renpho mask ahead. A choice of music is built in, or you can use Bluetooth on your own. It also folds in half in a soft case. But the viewing window is a bit plastic and too bulky for anything other than napping on your back. 4/5

TREADER OF DAWN

Sound Oasis Illumy (£ 129, relax-uk.com)

Reflected in the price, this is the gold standard of circadian eye masks. It draws on NASA technology pioneered by the International Space Station that sets astronauts’ biological clocks using the colors of light to mimic a day on Earth.

After installing the app and setting the alarm, you will see a gradually fading sunset that will prompt your mind and body to rest. In the morning, the mask lights up on its own, mimicking the action of the sun.

VERDICT: Revolutionary technology aside, this one is let down by its cheap feel and the need to tinker with an app. But for travelers it’s a winner: the gentle dawn of a jet lag-free day is almost worth the money alone. 4/5

SPACE AGE FOOL

BRE iDream5S Eye and Neck Massage Helmet (£ 199.99, amazon.co.uk)

BREO iDream5S Eye and Neck Massage Helmet applies a deep massage to the eyes, upper neck and scalp areas, integrating heat compression and ¿intelligent air pressure¿

The BREO iDream5S eye and neck massage helmet applies a deep massage to the eyes, upper neck and scalp areas, integrating heat compression and “intelligent air pressure”

They say this is the future – the ultimate multi-function, automatic massage mask: the 150 pressure points of the iDream 5S apply a deep massage to the eyes, upper neck and scalp areas, integrating heat compression and the “intelligent air pressure”, setting you up for a more restful sleep.

VERDICT: Not for the faint of heart: While the vise-like grip of the helmet starts to be relaxing, the head massage feels like witch claws scratching me up to the hairline and the neck massage never really comes . What works is the eye socket and the pulse of the temple, which makes you feel like a million dollars, but the footprint and price make it overpriced and impractical. 1/5

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