Every once in a while I get email requests from people who want to do a guest post on various things on the blog. I always read every request I get, but the majority are so self serving and so random and borderline shady that I don’t even respond. Then! Maybe a little over a month ago? I received a request from Silksleep, a UK-based company specializing in Silk bedding and other products, to give their eye masks a test drive.
I have to admit, my first reaction was: Eye masks are far dramatic starlets or people who abuse prescription sleep aids. I told their rep, Richard, there was a chance my review would not be awesome. I knew for certain that I would feel totally claustrophobic and weird wearing one. But he was confident in his product and told me he was looking for honesty. Honesty I have.
Then, mid last week, a package arrived from the Royal Mail (Royal Mail! Do you think Will and Kate gave it the stamp of approval? Probably not.). The Silksleep Eye Mask had arrived to a very exhausted house. I started using it immediately and have been using it every night since. I wanted to make sure my review was legit, and not simply a first impression. Plus, it was so much prettier than I thought it would be. I imagined a flat, black mask with a thin string band, but that is not the case. (Check out the beauty that is Silksleep products below)
This is not some cheap movie prop – Silksleep knows what’s up. The silk is buttery soft, and the elastic is loose enough for my fat head so I don’t feel squeezed in any way. On the inside the mask has two little pillows that apply just a small amount of pressure over my eyes so that the mask fits perfectly and doesn’t slip around.
I go to bed early in order to wake up early and get a work out in/handle the baby, etc. Kamel likes to stay up a little later playing video games or reading in bed. The light from his tech often keeps me awake if he isn’t careful angling the screens away from me. Aside from that, sometimes it just takes me a little while to fall asleep, even when I am extremely tired. The street lights sometimes bother me. We have these stupid blinds that let the street light brightness in at certain angles and the sliver of light always manages to smack me right in the face. In general, I just deal, but suddenly when I tried the Silksleep Eye Mask it ceased to be a problem. Poof!
I have never fallen asleep faster than I do when I wear the eye mask. Ever. I am a total convert after only 1 week. I feel like I am on an info-mercial, but I am not at all shitting you.
It is like magic! I put it on, snuggle in, and poof! I’m out! I was totally shocked! No claustrophobia! No disorientation! I sleep deeper and harder with the eye mask, I move less, and I’ve stopped waking up for no reason. I’m not getting paid at all to write this. I was handed a sleep mask (for free) to review, and review I have. It has been difficult to get consistent sleep with the baby, and even when he sleeps through the night I have been having trouble staying asleep. Since using the eye mask I feel like a new woman during my waking hours. My sleep is so much more thorough. I could not be more pleasantly surprised. I am still pretty amazed that this whole crazy sleep mask experiment actually worked.
Now the fun part. I have a discount code! Anyone who would like to give Silksleep Eye Masks a try (or any of their other products) can get 10% off at check out with the code: BETTER10
And look! Look at all the buttery soft silkiness! All of these delicious sheets and sham covers could be yours – at 10% off! Almost as magical as me actually loving to wear a sleep mask. Crazy.