Many of us with chronic pain problems have difficulty sleeping. I know, I do. I wake up multiple times at night, even if I use a sleeping aid. What I have found, though, is that it isn’t so much the waking up as getting back to sleep that counts. I wake when I turn over, I wake when Himself turns over, I wake when either of us needs to go to the Loo. And, then, I wake up in between times. All-in-all, I guess I become wakeful about 6 times a night.
But – if I can just drop right back off, I’m fine. And that’s where my Hibermate comes in: I don’t stay awake. I don’t even open my eyes. Sound is muffled.
The Hibermate is about the best sleepmask around. I have three that I have used for years – one by my bed that I use EVERY NIGHT without fail, one in the pocket of my chair for napping during the day, and one in my suitcase for traveling. I rotate them, from time to time so they get approximately equal amounts of wear. I’ve bought several for friends, too.
When I awaken at night, I can feel the sleep mask against my eyelids, and I’m unable to “see” any light. Sound is muffled down, so I do not get hyperstimulated. I can turn over, find a comfortable position and spot in bed, then drift back off – never having been fully awake to begin with. No more do I need to take major sleeping aids. I am able to sleep well only using Tylenol PM and Lyrica (which, in addition to helping me sleep, helps keep my muscles free from pain). I’ve left off my Hibermate to see if it really makes a difference – and it does! I can better leave off the Tylenol PM and the Lyrica than my Hibermate when it comes to getting a really good night’s sleep.
As you can see, they come in different colors. The thing that distinguishes the Hibermate from all the others I’ve tried (and I’ve tried most of them) is that is it soft – no sharp edges jabbing me when I turn over at night. Additionally, it has soft ear pillows. Not really ear muffs, but a soft pillow that covers my ears. It doesn’t block all sound – I can hear my alarm, after a fashion, in the mornings.
Now, most people will be a bit taken aback at the price, but these sleep masks last practically forever. I think they are well worth the price. If I have to save up $3.50 a month for 10 months (or $10.00 a month for 4 months – or somewhere in between), I will do that.
Chris, at Hibermate , is very accommodating, and will follow up to see if you received your package, and if it is to your liking. I’m hoping that at some point he will make a purple one – then I will have one to wear for our Red Hat Pajama Breakfast Buffets at the local Holiday Inn!
When you order, tell Chris that Elizabeth Riggs recommended Hibermate to you. He’ll probably send you an e-mail telling you just how many I’ve ordered and that I am very satisfied with them! On the business side, the Hibermate is extremely well-made (no seams give way). It is washable and dryable (take off the ear pillows and only wash the coverings). The colors do not run.
Price is $49.95, shipping included, but currently there is a sale, and you can get a Hibermate for only $35.95.