The Beanie Sleeper – Because Everyone Wants a Warm and Dark Night’s Sleep

By Sara Baird

One of the things I love about camping is a dark and quiet beautiful night’s sleep. A few years ago I was so excited for a Memorial Day tenting trip, I had big plans for a deep night’s sleep. Unfortunately, for sleep, there was the most amazing full moon that weekend and it never got dark. I remember lying awake all night wishing I had a sleep mask along. When asked to try out the Beanie Sleeper I immediately thought of this night. I normally sleep in a hat both when camper and tent camping in the spring and fall as the nights are still cold. This could be a great combo.

 

What is the Beanie Sleeper?

The Beanie Sleeper was dreamed up while the creator, Ben, was in the hospital dealing with a cold head and a busy room. It is made of soft cotton fleece with a layer of netting on the inside. The hat has a brim with a built-in eye mask. You simply pull the hat down over your eyes for a dark night’s sleep without any uncomfortable straps.

The hat arrived in just a few days in a plastic shipping bag and a plastic bag over the hat. The tag on the hat describes how to use it. Our corner bedroom gets pretty chili in the winter on a windy night the week the hat arrived was a very windy week. I was excited to give it a shot. We also had a full moon with snow on the ground meaning that even with room darkening curtains our room never got very dark.

 

Packaging for the Beanie Sleeper
Packaging for the Beanie Sleeper

 

How Did It Fit and Work?

The hat was comfortable, it was loose but it stayed put as I read in bed and walked around the house a little. You wear the Beanie Sleeper with the brim folded up so it does not cover anything but your eyes on your face. When I first tried it on I thought you pulled it down over your nose and was a little concerned but then I read the very detailed visual directions and put it on the correct way. )The fabric is very soft and breathable. The netting on the inside is intended to prevent overheating but I also found it kept my hair in check while wearing the hat.

I wore for a few very chilly nights when the wind really drove down the temperature of our bedroom. It stayed put as Ia drifted off the sleep but I found it fell off at some point during the night each night. I am a pretty wild sleeper so this does not surprise me, I’ve had the same issue with other sleep masks. I wondered if it would make a difference if the hat was a bit smaller as I am able to keep hats on while sleeping.

 

My Beanie Sleeper
My Beanie Sleeper

 

My Review

The hat was comfortable but it was large on me, to be fair I do prefer tighter-fitting hats in general. It fit my son and husband perfectly. It kept me warm while sleeping and blocked light pretty well. If it fit me correctly I could definitely see it as an asset to have when camping in locations with lights or when the moon is bright. I will keep it in my camper for those days we stay at less than ideal locations while traveling. If you can keep it on the netting inside could be a great asset to keeping the bed head under control.

I had hoped it could also serve double duty as a stocking hat for cold evenings when camping but I found it was slightly awkward to wear like that, mainly because of the bulk of the eye pads and the largeness of the hat. It would work in an emergency but I am pretty quick to throw mine on and would prefer my normal stocking hats. If you are looking for a hat to sleep in for warmth with the added benefit of blocking light the Beanie Sleeper is a great option, especially if you have a larger head than mine. I can certainly see the benefits for flights, hospital flights, and more.

I had some fun with the beanie sleeper when I tried to take a picture of myself in it. I realized I looked like one of those eyeless gnomes so popular with crafters in the United States these days. I had to get my bearded husband to try this out and decided turning my husband into a gnome significantly increased my opinion of this product. This may be the perfect gift for bearded significant others, they will not even be able to see your giggle if you chose not to share the silliness.

 

A husband with a sense of humor.
A husband with a sense of humor.

 

In all seriousness though, the creator of this unique product, Ben, created a short and helpful video tutorial about the Beannie Sleeper which I have included below:

 

 

You can find out more about the Beanie Sleeper by checking out their website here.

 

Blogger, Reviewer and Multiple Contributor

I am an adventurer at heart, always looking for the next opportunity to learn something new. I spend my winter days working with high school students to explore their interests and develop passions.

I spend my evenings and summers developing new hobbies and being outdoors as much as possible.  I enjoy camping, hiking, cross country skiing, and biking.

26 thoughts on “The Beanie Sleeper – Because Everyone Wants a Warm and Dark Night’s Sleep

  • March 8, 2021 at 9:16 pm
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    Just the thought of a corner of the room being cold gives me the shivers but I wonder if I will ever be able to sleep with a hat on at all. It may be good to use on a flight but in bed, I just can’t deal with anything restrictive in any way.

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  • March 8, 2021 at 8:58 pm
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    This is a great idea – Im planning to start camping under the tent again with my life and this might be so handy for me considering that I usually sleep with an arm over my face if too much light around. Thanks for this one!

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  • March 3, 2021 at 4:33 pm
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    What a great idea. Perfect for people who want to go camping and need some sleep and warmth x

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  • March 2, 2021 at 12:12 am
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    What a unique product. Definitely would make a great gift for someone!

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  • March 1, 2021 at 2:35 pm
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    I think my husband would love this for airline flights when traveling picks up again. What a cool concept!

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  • March 1, 2021 at 11:51 am
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    This seems like a cool product!

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  • March 1, 2021 at 3:39 am
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    Such a cool product; not just for camping but also for flights! I wouldn’t mind the giggles it might induce if I can get a nice sleep 🙂

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  • March 1, 2021 at 3:32 am
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    I am super intrigued by this. I’m an avid camper, and my head is always cold. Plus – I have a hard time sleeping. haha. I feel like this product would be grand for me, if I could avoid feeling claustrophobic. I am definitely going to look into it. Thanks!

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  • March 1, 2021 at 3:08 am
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    Wow, the beanie sleeper looks like something that I would want to have. It seems nice and warm to have while taking a nap and I thank you for your review.

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  • March 1, 2021 at 3:05 am
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    What an interesting product. I can see how this would be helpful in a lot of situations where you struggle for a good night’s sleep.

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  • February 28, 2021 at 10:21 pm
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    I like it already. The texture, comfortability, and the fact that it isn’t complicated is a selling point. Nice review.

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  • February 28, 2021 at 8:00 am
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    What a cool concept! I might have to buy it for sleeping every night as Japanese apartments and building structures are paper-thin, thus getting super cold in the winter.

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  • February 27, 2021 at 9:17 pm
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    I love this. I will have to purchase a few of these for my friends too

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  • February 27, 2021 at 3:30 am
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    This seems like such a great product for when you need to get some rest or take a nap. I may have to buy some of these for a few people I know

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  • February 27, 2021 at 1:59 am
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    This sounds like a great gift to anyone who haves trouble sleeping.

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  • February 27, 2021 at 1:39 am
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    It’s too bad it was a little big. The concept is really cool.

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  • February 27, 2021 at 12:36 am
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    What an interesting product! I wouldn’t have even thought about the need of such a thing, but yes sleeping outdoors on a ful moon would be distracting for sleep.

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  • February 26, 2021 at 5:54 pm
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    The product looks really interesting. And your review is really good. I will check it out!

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  • February 26, 2021 at 3:53 pm
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    This beanie sleeper looks nice and warm to have while taking a nap. I love that it covers your ears as well so you rest undisturbed

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  • February 26, 2021 at 2:26 pm
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    I had to laugh at your review. I would think that I look like a gnome as well.

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  • February 26, 2021 at 12:13 pm
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    Very interesting product. I can see how this would be a great functional product for camping. It’s quite unfortunate the fit was not suitable. I quite like the colour though

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  • February 26, 2021 at 12:05 pm
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    it looks like a perfect gift for my father. He retired and plans on lots of camping this year. Thanks so much!

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    • February 27, 2021 at 10:41 pm
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      It would be a perfect gift for him!

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