This Amazon Find Is the One Thing That Helps Me Sleep Better When I Have a Headache or a Cold

published Jan 6, 2022
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‘Tis the season for sniffles, sneezes, and sinus infections. And probably a headache or two thrown in there somewhere as well. In preparation for this time of year, I went on the hunt for something that could help me in my time of need, particularly when it comes to headaches — and that’s how I found the Brownmed IMAK Compression Eye Pillow on Amazon. This sleep mask has over 11,600 five-star reviews, only costs $13.54, and totally works.

I get migraine headaches all year round, and I find that lying in a dark room massaging my temples with my eyes closed is often the only cure. This mask works similarly to my weighted blanket (which I love), applying a soft pressure to your face to relieve pain. I’ve never been a devoted sleep mask wearer, but thanks to this mask’s soothing compression and excellent light-blocking, this is one that I keep coming back to.

There’s a lot of great sleep masks out there (just check our Best List), but here’s why I love this one from Amazon. It’s a compression mask, so it blocks light while also adding a bit of soothing pressure to the areas around my eyes. However, the mask doesn’t put any pressure on my eyes directly. The X-shaped stitching leaves some hollow space for your eyes, so you can blink and not have to worry about irritation or crushing your eyelashes. And I was surprised to find that the elastic band that wraps around the head is pretty forgiving — it’s not too loose or too tight, but just right.

One reviewer wrote that this eye mask is the headache remedy they’ve been waiting for, and I couldn’t agree more. “It’s like a weighted blanket for my eyes!” one customer wrote. “It’s so comfortable, soft and doesn’t fall off (because I tied the band to where it wouldn’t). If I go to sleep with a headache with the mask on then I don’t wake up with a headache.”

The mask itself is made of cotton, which keeps it super cool and secure, so you don’t have to worry about it slipping and sliding around during the night. You can even put the eye mask in the freezer ahead of time for an extra cooling effect.

Of all my Amazon finds over the past year, this eye mask is one of the best. It’s been such a pain reliever on those days when I have headaches, feel a cold coming on, or am just having trouble getting to sleep. Although I haven’t gotten the chance to travel with it yet, I can imagine that this sleep mask would be a game-changer when you’re on a long flight or car ride. And at only $13.54, it’s affordable enough to replace if you lose it — or even to buy an extra if you want a second one on hand.