The excitement and stress of a wedding naturally brings a few sleep problems. However, the days and weeks leading to the big event give you plenty of time to prepare. We’ve got some sleep tips to help you prepare so you’re not staring at the ceiling the night before you say I do.
For you traditionalists who’ll be attending Hens and Bucks events the night before, plan it early. Or even better, plan it for two days before the wedding if possible. Leave time to greet and thank each of your guests, but call it a night early enough for you to wind down and get some rest. Remember, you’re going to have adrenaline pumping through your veins in anticipation of the next day. You’ll need some extra time to relax.
Family and friends may want to go out for a last-minute celebration but keep your eye on the prize—your wedding. No bride or groom wants to be exhausted on their wedding day. If you go out with friends, skip the alcohol. It may make you feel sleepy at first, but later on, it keeps your body in the lightest of sleep stages, which leads to frequent waking. Stay sober so you’re in full control and able to enjoy a good night’s rest. And, just as a friendly reminder, stimulants like caffeine can keep you buzzing for hours so leave those behind in the early afternoon.
Bedtime routines work wonders for training the brain and body to release and respond to sleep hormones. Establish a regular routine several weeks before your wedding. Whether you do meditation, read a book, or take a bath as part of your routine, perform each activity in the same order and start around the same time each night. With time, the routine acts as a trigger for the start of your sleep cycle, which can be a big help when you’re anxious and excited.
Sleep may get more difficult the closer it gets to your big day. Pamper yourself in small ways. Schedule a massage, plan to watch your favourite movie or go through your favourite meditation routine the day before the wedding.
Comfort should go to a new level. If your mattress looks more like a canoe than an inviting resting spot, it might be time for a new mattress (although that’s something you’ll need to take care of well before the wedding). Add some luxurious pillows and ultra-soft sheets and you might have a hard time not sleeping.
Aromatherapy and essential oils have blown onto the scene as people look for natural alternatives to everything from stress to pain relief. For better sleep, try lavender or jasmine. Lavender has been shown to improve sleep quality while jasmine proved more effective for relaxation and sleep than valium. No matter the form—mist, oil, lotion—these scents soothe mind and body and maybe the perfect way to lull yourself to sleep.
Good sleep can keep you grounded and emotionally stable as you prepare for one of the biggest days of your life. It’s what will keep bridezilla out of the picture and let you focus on what’s important—your fiance.
Author’s Bio: Samantha Kent is a researcher for SleepHelp.org. Her favourite writing topic is how getting enough sleep can improve your life. Currently residing in Boise, Idaho, she sleeps in a California King bed, often with a cat on her face.