Sleep is such an important part of physical and mental health. As someone living with mental illness, and more specifically bipolar disorder, good sleep habits are essential to my self-care and mental stability.
My go-to thinking is that if people without mental health problems need something to stay healthy and sane then I especially need it.
It’s taken some time to develop a consistent sleep schedule and I still struggle to have either a pre-bedtime or morning routine. One thing at a time though, right?
Some of the things that help with getting a good night’s sleep involve a set bed and wake time, earplugs, and eye mask.
Having a set sleep schedule makes it easier for my body to get into a routine, so when it’s 10 pm, my body lets me know it’s time to head to bed. Waking up is similar- some days I don’t even need my alarm because my body knows it’s time to get up. It’s key that I keep this schedule regardless of whether it’s a weekday or the weekend. My body doesn’t know the difference between Saturday and Monday, and when I don’t stick to my sleep schedule for a day or two it can really mess me up.
The ear plugs and the eye mask help to ensure that I’m not disturbed in the middle of the night and help me fall asleep. I’m a tad bit jumpy, so the slightest sounds can set me on edge. The ear plugs have been really helpful with this. They’re super helpful if you sleep with someone who snores, too.
How To Make DIY No-Sew Eye Mask
- Cut out 2 8 ½” x 4” rectangles of fabric and place one on top of the other with the pattern sides facing each other. In the middle of one side, cut a little half circle about an inch.
- Apply fabric glue around the perimeter of one of the rectangles, but leave a gap in the middle of the ends and around the half circle cut out. This is where we’ll attach the ribbon once we turn the eye mask inside out.
- Place the 2nd rectangle pattern side down on top of the glue and let dry.
- Once the glue is dry, turn the fabric inside out.
- Cut 2 pieces of ribbon 7 inches long.
- Stick an inch of the ribbon through one of the holes on the side and apply fabric glue around the ribbon. Do the same thing for the other end.
- Lastly, glue the half circle side shut and you’re done!
Go ahead, try that sucker on! Just tie the ribbon in the back. I’m not going to even pretend like this will stay on your face all night, but I’ve never woken up with an eye mask still on. I don’t sleep like Snow White or Sleeping Beauty because I like to burn calories while I sleep, at least, that’s how I justify all my tossing and turning- wink.
You can find more of Sabrina Shelby’s DIY projects at The Active Koala.
This post was created with the help of Grammarly.