My DIY Sleep Kit: 13 Things to Help You Fall Asleep

Falling asleep isn't my forte. There's too much to do in a day, and I feel stressed when I don't get everything done, like I need to get up and get back to work now; or, more often, I feel overwhelmingly excited and I want to get up and get to work right away! So my brain starts going and then I'm fidgeting and then it's two in the morning and I have to get up, groggy, for school in a few hours.
This semester I'm prioritizing sleep. The elusive but refreshing sensation of slept enough- something few high schoolers know- is worth chasing.

For nights when my brain and body just won't fall asleep, I put together this kit of different things to help me relax. I keep it in the drawer of my bedside table, so I can lean over and grab whatever I need.

DIY Sleep Kit
13 Things to Help You Fall Asleep

1. Sketchbook

2. Journal

3. Pen

4. Book

5. Reading light

No screens! Reading on your phone or computer infects your brain with alien waves that will keep you awake for eons. Actually, I think a certain light wavelength from electronic screens stalls your production of a sleep hormone. But I'm not a doctor.

6. Eye masks
I keep the ones they give you on red-eye flights. They're honestly really soft and nice.

7. Ear plugs
Especially helpful if your dad is watching The Fifth Element for the fiftieth time in the next room.

My physics teacher says essential oils are all placebo effect. He's a smart guy and I'm inclined to believe him, but hey, if I relax, I relax, and I don't care if the aromatherapy stuff is all in my head.

8. Bath & Body Works Sleep Lotion

9. Bath & Body Works Stress Relief Body Oil

10. Eucalyptus Essential Oil Spray

11. Eucalyptus Essential Oil Lotion

I got 10 and 11 from some hotel room, haha. A little goes a long way and they've lasted me a while.

12. Stress ball

13. The kit! 
This is what I keep everything in! You've seen my sweet Rilakkuma before, in this post. My brother brought to me from Hong Kong, where he studied abroad. She's soft and just right for a sleepy cozy aesthetic. 
But any holder you have would work- a shoebox, a reusable grocery bag, or just your top drawer.

What helps you fall asleep? Let me know in the comments below, via email, or on Facebook or Instagram.

Also, IT'S VALENTINE'S SEASON!!!! Here are all my favorite Valentine's-themed posts for your benefit:
If you have any requests/suggestions for Valentine's DIYs, recipes, or other posts, let me know! I love Valentine's stuff!

World peace and love,

Heather <3

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