For some months now I’ve owned a Lunya sleep mask. As a dedicated user of sleep masks, here are my thoughts about one of the coolest, comfiest looking sleep masks I’ve ever encountered.
Lunya Clothing Basics
If you aren’t familiar with Lunya, they are a cool, relatively new (founded 2012) clothing brand that is mainly known for their pajamas and lounge clothes. The company used a number of stretchy, lightweight fabrics, and makes a varied of clothes for sleeping, working from home, and hanging out.
Being a sleepwear specialist, it was no surprise that Lunya makes a range of sleeping masks.
A sleeping mask, just so we are all on the same page, is a eye covering you put on your face in order to block light. Some of us (myself included) are particularly sensitive to light while we are going to sleep or can be prematurely awoken by light in the morning. A sleeping mask is the perfect fix for this, but — in my experience — finding a comfortable one is extremely difficult.
Lunya Sleeping Mask Review
Having owned the Lunya sleeping mask for about 6 months, I have a number of thoughts about it. I have the Organic Pima sleeping mask, which is a very light, breathable suede-like fabric, which is slightly fuzzy and very soft. Lunya also sells their sleeping masks in silk, which I generally prefer but haven’t tried yet.
The fabric, GOT-certified organic cotton, is soft and very comfortable. It’s packed with some sort of very light padding which keeps the weight of the eye mask down and makes it almost like a pillow for your face.
The mask is quite large, so it’s excellent at blocking light. This makes it quite large — it’s not so easy to pack away if you take your sleeping mask on trips since it’s like bring an extra article of clothes. It’s not the cute little eye mask you get on an international flight — this entirely blocks light from any angle thanks to it’s height, weight, and serious thickness. Despite all this, it’s very lightweight.
Lunya Sleeping Masks Size and Fit
The sleeping mask is one-size-fits-most, which is enabled by a very wide elastic band on the back. The wide band is great for comfort, but I’d advise against elastic for sleeping masks as your head is under constant pressure (and the larger the band the more pressure). A velcro or strap headband is almost alway my preference as they offer the most tailored fits with no pressure at all.
The large elastic band is fixed, which is to say that it has no opening or closure and cannot be re-sized. This is my number one problem with the Lunya sleeping mask because while I love sleeping masks I don’t like pressure on my head while I sleep. This cannot be avoid with Lunya’s design. Additionally I find the sleeping mask’s strap to be too tight on my head — it’s just too small in circumference — just feels too small.
I’m towards the upper endof the size range — 23″ to 26″ — so it’s not like my head is too big for the design, but I still find it to be tighter than I’d like. This doesn’t stop the Lunya design from being comfortable, and I think I’m just more sensitive to a snug design than other people.
Snug fit aside, the design is extremely effective. This is the best light-blocking sleeping mask I’ve owned (and I’ve had over a dozen). It’s also very good at staying in place, thanks to the wide band and the pillow-like front mask.
The Lunya sleeping mask is on my face 100% of the time when I wake up, even when I sleep through the night, where a lightweight silk one, like the popular Alaska Bear (which I also own), is on my face about 10% of the time when I wake up.
Care and Cleaning
The sleeping mask doesn’t require any special care — I just sleep with it and then put it under my pillow until that night when I’ll need it again. It would be ideal to keep it on top of the pillow and let it air out a little, but my kids inevitably find a way to get onto the bed and steal it if it’s in plain view.
The sleeping mask may sounds like it’s made of fancy materials, but it’s safe for machine washing, so long as you do it on cold with similar colors. To dry it you can just lay it out and let it air dry. It’s even safe to iron if you don’t like wrinkles.
The sleeping mask in pima cotton is sold in purple, grey, and black. I have it in black and the color has held up very nicely. It looks practically new despite having been slept with for months and used for hundreds of hours.
Price And Availability
The Lunya cotton sleeping mask sells for $48 and you don’t get free shipping on Lunya’s site until you hit $200. This puts the sleeping mask on the expensive side — under luxury cashmere masks which are $100+ but a good deal more expensive than a common mask you’d find at Amazon or another online mega-seller which are generally under $15.
The price is on par with something like the Gravity Blankets weighted sleeping mask (my review of which will be coming soon).
Is The Lunya Sleeping Mask Good?
Yes, the Lunya sleeping mask is very good. It’s pricey, but it’ll help your sleep so the extra few dollars doesn’t seem crazy to me. I’d recommend this sleeping mask so long as you are not sensitive about a tight fit or your head’s size is at the lower end of the one-size-fits-most range.