Smart sleep masks claim to help us sleep by being supported by other senses 60 percent of people reported an increase in sleep problems after the pandemic.  Musicozy mask plays tunes through speakers hidden in soft fleece

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

Many of us wear an eye mask to block out 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, heat and sound) to create a relaxing sleep environment.

With 60 percent of people reporting an increase in sleep problems after the pandemic, it’s no wonder we’re turning to futuristic options.

Last year, the global eye mask market grew £8.2m to £1.7bn, and over the next three years nearly a third of the growth will come from the tech sector, according to market research from Technavio.

Smart sleep masks claim to help us sleep by being supported by other senses 60 percent of people reported an increase in sleep problems after the pandemic. Musicozy mask plays tunes through speakers hidden in soft fleece

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

We test the latest news…

STARTING EASY

Blanket sleep mask (£30, mantasleep.uk)

Blanket Sleep Mask uses breathable materials to provide the lightest, sound-free fit without snagging hair or putting pressure on eyeballs.

Blanket Sleep Mask uses breathable materials to provide the lightest, sound-free fit without snagging hair or putting pressure on eyeballs.

This may sound low-tech, but it uses breathable materials to provide the lightest, sound-excluding fit without snagging your hair or pressing on your eyeballs – the adjustable eye cups keep longer lashes from being crushed and allow even the most vigorous rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. Earplugs are included, but hot and cold eye patches must be ordered separately.

VERDICT: Wonderfully comfortable and the perfect blackout without eye strain, but too expensive to justify the lack of smart features. 2/5

NANNY BABY

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

Sing yourself to sleep with perfectly hidden speakers connected via Bluetooth to your playlist. Super soft, washable fleece lining gently hugs your head instead of pressing on your eye sockets or ears.

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

HOT CONTAINER

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

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

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

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

VERDICT: Simple controls on the side and calm voice prompts as you choose your options put the Renpho skin ahead of the game. A selection of music tracks are built in, or you can connect via Bluetooth to your own. It also conveniently folds in half into a soft carrying case. But the viewing window is a bit sticky and it’s too bulky for anything other than napping on your back. 4/5

DAWN TREADER

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

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

Once you’ve installed the app and set your alarm, you’ll see a gradually darkening sunset that invites your mind and body to rest. In the morning, the mask lights up on its own, imitating the action of the sun.

VERDICT: Innovative technology aside, this is let down by its cheap feel and the need to fiddle with an app. But for travelers, it’s a winner: the gentle sunrise of a day without jet lag is almost worth it on its own. 4/5

SPACE AGE FOOLISHNESS

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

The BREO iDream5S Eye & Neck Massage Helmet applies a deep kneading massage to the eye, upper neck and scalp areas, integrating heat compression and

The BREO iDream5S Eye & 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: iDream 5S’s 150 pressure points apply a deep kneading massage to the eyes, upper neck and scalp areas, integrating heat compression and ‘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 feel soothing, the head massage feels like a witch’s claws scraping up the hairline and the neck massage never feels soothing. gets there. What works is the pulsing of the eye socket and temple, which makes you feel like a million bucks, but the bulk and price make this overpriced and impractical. 1/5

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