IF YOU struggle with headaches when you’re on a plane, then a £23 eye mask might just solve all your problems.
The IMAK compression Pain Relief Mask and Eye Pillow has been designed by an orthopaedic surgeon to relieve headaches, sinus pain and eyestrain.
With the help of adjustable straps, the eye mask blocks out light and the soft fabric leaves the face wrinkle-free whether you’re sleeping on your side or on a plane.
The mask is also filled with small beads that gently massage the head to help alleviate pressure on the eyelids.
While it only comes in one colour (charcoal grey), it can be used straight from the freezer on tired and puffy eyes.
On sale on Amazon for £15, travellers have sung their praises, with more than 200 five-star ratings on the Amazon website, and it’s been given an overall rating of 4.3/5 from more than 300 reviews.
One person wrote on Amazon: “I was heartbroken to realise I accidentally left mine on the plane, so I had to get a new one before my next trip.”
While another person said the “pressure is just right” and it “completely blocks out light”.
A third added: “I really love this product because you can use straight from the freezer and it stays cold for long time.
” I bought it to help with eye strain and headaches but also noticeably improves puffiness under eyes and people have commented but really it just feels so nice to use – I’ve raved about it to my friends and they’ve bought it too and love it.”
Martin Seeley, the sleep expert at MattressNextDay knows a thing or two about getting to sleep, even on planes.
He said that choosing where to sit can improve your comfort on your flight and there are lots of little things that can affect which seats are best.
Firstly, you should avoid sitting near the toilets as that tends to be the busiest area on the plane. Instead, you should pick a seat in the same row as the wing.
Not only is this likely to be the quietest area but as the wing is usually where the emergency exit is based, you could also have more leg room
Martin recommends downloading a white noise app before you fly.
Studies have shown that white noise significantly improves sleep for people who experience difficulty nodding off due to high levels of environmental noise.
There are lots of playlists on Spotify. However, if you don’t find it relaxing, you could instead pre-download sleep stories or meditation guides that can be found on apps like Headspace.
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