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They sing you lullabies, give you heat massages and use the latest NASA technology

Smart sleep masks claim to help us sleep by enlisting other senses' support 60 percent of people reported increased sleep problems after the pandemic.  The Musicozie mask plays tunes through speakers hidden within the soft fleece
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Many of us wear eye masks to block out the light while we sleep, but if your mask can also sing lullabies, massage and last POT Technology?

Enter the new wave of high-tech eye tech that promises to do just that. These ‘smart’ masks claim to help us nod off by enlisting the support of other senses – touch, heat and sound – to create a comfortable sleep environment.

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

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

Smart sleep masks claim to help us sleep by enlisting other senses' support 60 percent of people reported increased sleep problems after the pandemic.  The Musicozie mask plays tunes through speakers hidden within the soft fleece

Smart sleep masks claim to help us sleep by listing other sensory aids, with 60 percent of people reporting increased sleep problems after the pandemic. The Musicozie mask plays tunes through speakers hidden within the soft fleece

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

We put the latest in snooze testing…

Easy start

Sleep Mask Blanket (£30, mantasleep.uk)

The Manta Sleep Mask uses breathable materials for the lightest and noise-free fit without snagging your hair or straining your eyeballs.

The Manta Sleep Mask uses breathable materials for the lightest and noise-free fit without snagging your hair or straining your eyeballs.

It may look low-tech but it uses breathable materials for the lightest and noiseless fit without grabbing your hair or putting pressure on your eyeballs: the adjustable eye cups prevent the longest part of the eyelashes from curling and even the most Also allows for strong quick eyes. Movement (REM) sleep. Ear plugs are included, but cold and hot eye patches must be ordered separately.

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

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

Sing yourself to sleep with snuggly hidden speakers that hook up to Bluetooth to your playlist Supersoft, washable fur gently covers the head instead of pressing into the eye sockets or ears.

Verdict: What it lacks in massage features it makes up for in snuggle power, and the ability to listen to a snoozy tune or podcast really helps you sleep. One reason for side sleepers is that it is very comfortable at any angle. Easy volume control on the forehead means you don’t have to fumble for your phone in the dark. 4/5

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

Renfoss' new model mask brings a Bladerunner vibe to the game with a wrap-around mirrored visor and newly introduced vision window.

Renfo’s new model mask brings a Bladerunner vibe to the game with wrap-around mirrored visors and newly introduced vision windows.

Renfo’s new model mask brings a Bladerunner vibe to the game with wrap-around mirrored visors and newly introduced vision windows. The heat massage option supposedly gets rid of under-eye bags through an acupoint massage.

Verdict: Simple controls and calm voice instructions on the side keep Renfo Mask in front while you choose your options. A choice of music tracks is built-in — or you can Bluetooth yourself It easily folds in half into a soft carry case. But the vision window is a bit plasticky and too heavy for anything other than sleeping on your back. 4/5

Dawn Trader

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

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

Once you install the app and set your alarm, you’ll see the slowly fading sunset that relaxes your mind and body. In the morning, the mask itself glows, mimicking the action of the sun.

Verdict: Groundbreaking technology aside, it’s let down by its cheap feel and the need to fiddle with an app. But for travelers, it’s a winner: the gentle dawn means a jet-lag-free day almost alone. 4/5

Space Age Saddles

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

BREO iDream5S Eye and Neck Massage Helmet deeply massages the eyes, upper neck and scalp, integrating thermal compression and intelligent air pressure¿

The BREO iDream5S eye and neck massage helmet deeply massages the eye, upper neck and scalp areas, integrating thermal compression and ‘intelligent air pressure’

They say this is the future — the ultimate multi-function and automatic massage mask: iDream 5S’s 150 pressure points apply deep massage to the eyes, upper neck and scalp, integrating thermal compression and ‘intelligent air pressure’, setting you up. For more comfortable sleep.

Verdict: Not for the faint-hearted: While the helmet’s vise-like grip starts to feel soothing, the head massage feels like a witch’s talon scraping at my hairline, and the neck massage doesn’t really get there. What works is the eye socket and temple vibe, which makes you feel a million bucks, but the bulk and price make it overpriced and impractical. 1/5

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