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Science and Data:
Resources and Insights

Science and Data: <br/>Resources and Insights

After lengthy careers in academia, health and fitness, and product development, it was critical to us that the SOMO Sleep Fitness mask was backed by science.

While we're constantly seeing more and more research demonstrating the interaction between acupressure, sleep masks, and sleep, here are a few of our favorite articles:  

Acupuncture or Acupressure on Yintang (EX-HN 3) for Anxiety: A Preliminary Review | Med Acupunct | PubMed

In this broad analysis of existing clinical studies, researchers discovered that the use of acupuncture or acupressure on the Yintang (EX-HN 3) acupoint led to a significant reduction in self-reported anxiety among the study population.

YinTang Acupressure Point

Self-acupressure for Sleep and Relaxation | Dana-Farber Zakim Center, Remote Programming

In this video produced at the Dana-Farber Zakim Center, Anne Drogin, M.Div., M.Ac., Lic.Ac., Dipl. (NCCAOM) demonstrates how to identify and stimulate certain pressure points on the body that can calm the nervous system, promote relaxation, and induce sleep. Emphasis is placed on the Yin Tang acupressure point.

Dana Farber Yin Tang

Pressure points to help you fall asleep | Medical News Today

This article in Medical News Today discusses acupressure therapy and its potential benefits for improving sleep. The article highlights several specific pressure points, including the Yin Tang, and references numerous studies suggesting that acupressure on these points may improve sleep quality and address insomnia-related issues.

Yin Tang

Acupuncture vs Acupressure | Forbes Health

In this article, the Forbes Health team discusses the diverse benefits of acupuncture and acupressure, including an emphasis on the link between acupressure and relief from insomnia.

Effects of earplugs and eye masks on nocturnal sleep, melatonin and cortisol in a simulated intensive care unit environment | Crit Care | PubMed

In this study, the use of earplugs and eye masks resulted in more REM sleep, shorter REM latency, reduced arousal, and elevated melatonin levels. Based on these findings, the study suggests that promoting the use of earplugs and eye masks can improve sleep quality and hormone balance.

Sleeping woman

Wearing an eye mask during overnight sleep improves cognitive function and alertness | Sleep

This recent study investigated the effects of wearing an eye mask, also known as a sleep masks, during overnight sleep on memory and alertness. Results suggest that wearing an eye mask during sleep can both enhance cognitive function and improve alertness the following day.



Direct connection between hours of nightly sleep and academic achievement in college students | Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

The authors investigated the sleep habits and academic achievement in first-year college students across three universities.  They concluded that each hour of additional nightly sleep, early in the semester, resulted in significant end-of-term GPA scores.



Pregnant? Reach for your sleep mask to improve your sleep quality | Sleep

From the journal Sleep, a group of 105 women, 34 - 36 weeks pregnant, achieved higher scores on the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index than those receiving only information about sleep hygiene.  Their conclusion; wearing sleep masks significantly improve sleep quality in pregnant women.

Researchers at the Northwestern University School of Medicine discovered that aging individuals, exposed to light at night, had higher incidents of obesity, diabetes and hypertension.  A simple solution?  Wear a sleep mask, also known as an eye mask.