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Innovative Promise
"There is nothing that is easier to reach for when you need it, and it truly works and feels so good."
Melissa Bamburg
Aha Moment
"During a cross country RV trip, we pulled off of the road to rest. I wrapped my sweatshirt around my pillow for comfort. Bothered by the lights outside, I instinctively reached for the arm of my sweatshirt to fling over my eyes. In that moment I knew I had a simple, wonderful idea."
Innovator's Location
Rocklin, CA
Entrepreneur Story

I originally set out to create an easy to reach for light blocking eye mask. It was during product testing I realized I had created something even better. You see, I used the fill material to give it weight as I wanted it to stay in place and eliminate the head strap. However the weight did something more than that, it made people feel good. During product testing people were telling me they were using it to get to sleep. That’s when I found out about Deep Pressure Touch and the wonderful benefits of applying gentle, constant pressure to out bodies. My vision is for the NodPod to be on every pillow in America and to experience how good the NodPod feels. I want people to not think of my product as just a “light blocking eye mask” but rather something as essential the their sleep experience as a pillow and blanket.



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The most comfortable thing you will ever lay across your face….snapped to the edge of a pillowcase! The NodPod eye pillow is a machine washable weighted eye pillow that snaps to the edge of a pillowcase. There when you need it, out if the way when you don’t!

  • Black, White and Hot Pink eye pillow snapped to a white pillowcase in both standard and king sizes.
  • Also the eye pillow comes in a travel version in all 3 colors.
  • 100% cotton pillowcase, one side of the eye pillow made of a jersey cotton and the other side a polyester filled with PolyPellet.


Overall Rating: 4

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  1. Jill says:

    I too need weight when I sleep. I have to pull up the comforter when I’m unable to sleep to have weight on my body even in the dead heat of summer. I travel a lot and though the light doesn’t bother me the need for weight on my body is a constant need when away from home. I often find myself sleeping with my arm across my eyes and my arm has fallen asleep and now after reading about nodpod I bet this is what my body needs as well. Can’t wait to try it.

  2. Brad S. says:

    The added feature of steady pressure really differentiates this from other sleep masks. It may be just the thing that I have been looking for as I have gone through about 10 different ones and have yet to find the right one. Looking forward to trying this and hopefully ending my search.

  3. Laura Dawson says:

    I am really excited to try this! I currently use a small weighted and scented (lavender) sleep mask that will slip off my face if I move. It’s only about 7 inches wide.
    The Nod Pod sounds like a more secure option.
    Looking forward to trying it!

  4. Eli Kaufmann says:

    Daylight is the enemy of sleep and with my late night work hours with my China office, I like to get a few extra zee hours in the morning and use one of those annoying airline “masks”.
    Looking ahead to testing a better solution.
    Will give the ratings after testing.

  5. Joyce says:

    I have tried eye covers in the past, the kind with an elastic band to go around my head. It pulls my hair and eventually slides off. I like the idea that this can attach to my pillow case. It looks soft and large enough to cover my eyes and not let light in. I struggle falling asleep and staying asleep, I think this product would be extremely helpful in blocking out the light distractions all around. I’ve never had eye covers that are weighted, that is such a good idea. I often feel the day’s tensions around my eyes, temple and sinus area. This sounds so soothing!

  6. karen says:

    i travel a lot and often put my arm across my eyes to sleep. I also find I fall asleep during massages when I have the weighted eye pad on my eyes

  7. Chris Chopyak says:

    I am excited to try this for some of the same reasons others have cited – I want to see how well this eye mask stays on. I also find the design intriguing – almost like any size of head can use it. And, I know so many people who now sleep with eye masks (even kids who get hooked at a young age) that having a really viable option that stays on and deepens my sleep would be too dreamy to imagine.

  8. Brooke Benschoter says:

    I often use a second pillow to cover my eyes when I have to sleep in lighted areas or in the car on day trips. this would be so much better – doesn’t inhibit breathing etc.

    Can’t wait to try it.

  9. Hartman says:

    Sleep is among my most favorite of friends and I love to try products that make sleep better. I’m very intrigued by the design! I look forward to providing feedback on your product.

  10. Chris Chopyak says:

    This product came into my life at exactly the right time – I have a cold! One of those bad, head-filled, sinus raging and coughing colds. I need SLEEP! In the middle of the night I woke up coughing, remembered the NodPod and used it all weekend. What I love – the velvety feel of both sides of the pod, the weight is the perfect balance of enough to put a little pressure on the sinuses but not enough to create a shut down. It really helped by whole system calm down, try and relax and get some sleep. Super effective in the middle of the day. What could be better? – the pillow attach took some getting used to (might be the kind of pillow you use. And I am at a loss of how to use this independent of the pillow (like how do you attach the product to itself when using without the pillow? These comments are minor compared to the overall BENEFIT of this product in my current state. As a road warrior, this will become part of my travel retinue, and I plan to purchase several of these for holiday gifts!

  11. Athena says:

    Good Afternoon Melissa, As of Sat., I have not received your wonderful NodPod. I am so looking forward to using it. I have used sleeping eye-pads for years. Do not like to elastic band on my head. I will be sure to let you know when the NodPod arrives. Thank you. Sincerely, Athena

  12. Diana says:

    I was surprised it came without instructions. I did not expect a pillowcase with it but it wasn’t hard to figure out where the nod pod attached. I have used it for 3 nights and overall the feel and weight are just right. I do move around a lot and find that sometimes I have to adjust it in he middle of the night or I wake up with the nod pod off to the side. As another has mentioned, it would be nice If it attached to itself to use without the pillow case when necessary.

  13. Misty says:

    I was intrigued when I saw the product. I have trouble falling asleep and often suffer from migraines. The pressure/weight from the NodPod is just right. I have used a sleep pillow in the past but it will slide off, I can’t use the elastic strap around the head as it will intensify a headache. The NodPod fits right in my eye sockets for a more comfortable and secure experience.

  14. Sarah says:

    Looks well made and easy to wash. Weight of the item is good; not too heavy and not to light, just enough pressure to be calming. Also, at first glance, I like that the pillow case can be separated from the eye covering. I toss and turn so it being connected is a positive and negative – pos= won’t lose it neg= may need to unattach if I cant stay still. So glad I’ll be able to do both.

  15. Carrie says:

    I love it! At first I wasn’t sure about it since it’s attached and I move a lot but it says in place even with my moving and my kids moving. The weight is perfect for me. My 3yr old used it one night and for the first night in a long time she slept all night! That was amazing!! If it will work for her too I’m gonna need more.

  16. Jessica says:

    I love that the nod pod snaps right onto the pillow case, makes it so much easier! And it doesnt get lost in the bed or fall onto the floor. Also like the little touch added with the snaps on both sides of the nodpod and the pillow, gives a lil extra security. Its very comfortable to lay across the eyes, sometimes even cool, which i love, if the ac hits it long enough. The only thing i hope to see in the future of this product is a version that can also be heated. The only thing that helps my bad migraines is something hot layed across my eyes, this product would be perfect.

  17. Bumblebee says:

    First impression was that I liked the weight of the pods and liked that it actually came with a pillow case you could snap it on to. I didn’t like the pillow case fabric so haven’t used it.

  18. Vanessa says:

    I thought I would like that it attached to the pillow case, but I didn’t. The pillow case fabric is a bit scratchy and when I roll over it stays put and doesn’t roll with you. I LOVED the weighted pads. I find them very soothing. Since it’s not strapped to my head, I like to kind of tuck it under my head to help it stay put cause I don’t sleep on my back, but then the pod that I tuck under my head is kind of lumpy and a bit uncomfortable. Maybe if it had 4 or 5 inches of just the soft fabric for tucking would work better. Overall I really liked it!

  19. Keith L. - Detroit says:

    Hi all, I was out of town and just got my first nights sleep with Nod Pod. Overall first impression is positive. Not only do I wear a eye shade but I have sleep apnea so I have a breathing mask and jaw strap that I wear in addition to the eye shades. It was great to get rid of one apparatus! Add in some earplugs and I look like a figher pilot ready for a mission! I liked the cool feeling on my face but wished it lasted all night long. I tucked the pillow case inside my normal pillow case so I had no problem with the pillow case provided. The nice thing is that the mask stays attached to the pillow. My wife is always on my case that my eye shades are laying on the floor when I get up from the bed. All in all very comfortable and looking for another Nod Pod test flight tonight. Lastly, I am a back and side sleeper and the Nod Pod was effective in both positions.

  20. claudia burcke says:

    I really really wanted to love it for nightly sleep. I tried it for three nights, and I can’t sleep with it on. I’ll give it another shot tonight. Love love love that it doesn’t have the elastic band around the back – those never work for me. I enjoyed the weight and feel of the eye pillow itself. It will be VERY useful for when I have a migraine headache, especially since the mask stays cool. That right there would be worth the purchase price for me.Has anyone tried to use essential oils on it yet?

  21. Zeecil Kimmel says:

    When I got this product we were on the way to a road trip with the entire family. We left 4am and I was very excited for all my (5) kids to be able to get to try it and comment. I was a little surprised it came without any instructions and once I put the pillow into the case it was a bit heavy and bulky. My kids were all fighting (of course) to try the NodPod but they did not like it. Although the mask attaches to the pillow it kept slipping off. I have yet to try it myself but my plan was to get to that tonight and report back.

  22. Jessica says:

    Kinda wish it was a little longer for a king sized pillow

  23. Diana says:

    It would be nice to have the option to attach it to the other side of the pillow to keep it from slipping or falling off when you flip sides. I have gotten wrapped up in it a couple of times when I toss.

  24. Bumblebee says:

    There should be different pillow case fabric options when purchasing. I personally like a jersey cotton pillow case but others may like silk etc. I love that it does attach to the pillow case but because I didn’t like the fabric of the one they sent, I’m not using that feature. It would also be nice to maybe have lavender in them for relaxation and aiding in sleep. I think someone had mention essential oils and I would love to out some lavender, valor, or stress away on there.

  25. Carrie says:

    The option to have different cases would be nice. I like my silk pillow cases. And for larger pillows.

  26. Misty says:

    So far I love it. It’s helped me fall asleep and back asleep several times. I was going to mention having other pillow case options too, however saw above where Keith L. mentioned putting it inside his regular pillow case. Brilliant idea!

  27. Nancy says:

    I do like the weight of the eye pillow. I don’t feel that it is necessary to have it attached to the pillow…although, it makes it more unique.I might buy it for a friend who has trouble sleeping…because it would be something new to try…

  28. Jessica says:

    Its a neat lil product, id probably buy it. I dont use it all the time but it helps when i have a headache and need to block out light. For some reason it also feels more comfortable than the occasional face mask id use.

  29. Diana says:

    I think the idea is a good one and I would likely buy it because it is unique. It would certainly come in very handy if trying to sleep/nap during the day or for car road trips.

  30. Sarah says:

    Using it has been super easy. I liked that I got the King size pillowcase version; I was able to adjust where the eye covering would eventually lay – had it been the regular size I might have come across trouble finding a comfortable spot for my neck while allowing the eye covering to lay over my face at the right point. One recommendation is to use “cooler” fabric/material; I had to take it off my face because I was getting too hot.

  31. Sarah says:

    I would buy this product. It was easy to use, easy to clean, and was helpful in getting/staying asleep.

  32. Carrie says:

    I’d buy it. I don’t think I’d use it everyday but I’d use it probably once or twice a week to help me sleep with headaches.

  33. Bumblebee says:

    Yes, I would buy it! But as I said before, my complaint is the pillow case. Because I used my own and couldn’t snap it on, I kept loosing it as I rolled around. But I love the weight of it and concept. I even use one end to cover my ear when sleeping on my side.

  34. Vanessa says:

    Ok, I LOVE this! I have been sleeping so well the last week. I still need to try it for a nap to see if I fall asleep as fast, but at night I am going right to sleep. If I wake during the night and it has slipped off I just put it back on and am right back asleep again! I love the soft material and the added weight. I do use it every night and don’t know if I can go back to sleeping without it! I didn’t like the feel of the pillow case at first but it no longer bother’s me.

  35. Keith L. - Detroit says:

    1 week in and I am sold!!!! I have been using eye shades to sleep for well over 10 years. The Nod Pod is comfortable and I enjoy not having a strap around my head. It even stays in place when I turn on my side. I did not experience the texture of the pillow case provided since I tucked it into my own pillow case. Part of my reasoning behind this was to hide the Nod Pod from my dogs! The material is similar to some of their toys and I could not trust them not to chew it apart. Hats off to the inventor, yes I would buy one!

  36. Misty says:

    I’m in! I would totally buy it. I love the texture, the weight and the color. It really helped when I had a headache and to fall back asleep when my insomnia kicks in.

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