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Product Review: Glo to Sleep Mask

What Is it: Sound Oasis' Glo to Sleep Mask, an eye mask designed to help you fall asleep faster, using dimming blue lights. We tested both the basic GTS-1000 mask, which does not use batteries (the blue lights are activated by holding the mask near a light for about 30 seconds), and the deluxe version, which has a battery pack and precise, customizable brightness and dimming control.

Both masks have blue lights on the inside that you are supposed to focus on, which help you relax and fall asleep.

Price and Where to Buy: $22.78 for the basic mask on Amazon or $29.99 on Sound Oasis' website. The deluxe version is $39.95 on Amazon and $39.99 on Sound Oasis.com.

Pros: Both models completely block out all light, so if you like a completely dark sleeping environment, these are perfect. We would definitely use these on a plane or hotel room with flimsy curtains. The masks don't touch your eyes at all—unlike most sleeping masks which put pressure on your eyes.

Cons: I'm a terrible sleeper, and the "Points of Glo" lights did absolutely nothing to help me fall asleep. I preferred using the masks without activating the lights at all. The deluxe version of this mask is pretty bulky, and it has a battery pack which could cause flags going through airport security, if you are using it for travel. (The battery pack also broke the very first time I opened it, and I had to jerry-rig it with tape to get it to work.)

How it Rates:

  • Usefulness: 6/10. Great for light-blocking ability and if you don't like pressure on your eyes from masks. The lights didn't work for us, but if that's something that would work for you, it would be really useful.
  • Portability: 5/10. The masks are made from foam and are bulkier than most eye masks.
  • Value: 4/10. These are priced high for an eye mask.
  • Durability: 5/10. As we mentioned, the deluxe version's battery cover broke the first time we used it. The regular version seemed pretty well-made though. (Both are made using hypoallergenic foam.)
  • Cool Factor: 2/10. These are bulkier and higher-profile than a normal eye mask—there's no way to look cool while wearing the Glo to Sleep while on a plane or train.

Final Verdict: If you have trouble sleeping on the road and think the "Points of Glo" blue lights might work for you, it's worth a shot! If you're looking for an eye mask that completely blocks out light, we would also recommend the basic version of the mask (you don't have to activate the lights.)

Editor's Note: Reviews are based on usefulness, portability, durability, value, and "cool factor." Some review products are sent to us free of charge and with no incentive to offer a favorable review. We offer our unbiased opinions, positive and negative, and will never accept compensation to review a product. If you have any questions or comments concerning our reviews, or would like to suggest a product for review, please email us at editor@smartertravel.com.

(Photo: Sound Oasis)

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