Planning a wedding can be both fascinating and overwhelming. But the excitement you feel may often result in difficulty sleeping. Continuous sleep deprivation, in turn, may adversely affect your mood and look on the big day.
You don’t want that, do you?
The best way to prevent this and feel like a queen on your wedding day is to make sure proper rest can fit into your daily schedule. And the recommendations below will help you do just that.
So, you probably already have your wedding day planned down to minutes.
But what about your sleep routine?
The thing is, the earlier you start following your sleep schedule, the more well-rested you will be. Usually, your body needs about a week to adjust to a new regimen. So, if you start a month or two before the wedding, you will look glowing and healthy on your most important day.
Here’s what you need to do:
The goal here is to gradually integrate enough sleep into your life and let its beneficial effects do their job. It’s a sure way to look great and happy on the most important day of your life.
Choosing the location, cake design, decorations, and flowers for your wedding bouquet may trigger a lot of positive emotions. In fact, this state of overexcitement and euphoria is called ‘eustress’ — contrary to ‘distress,’ which has negative connotations.
Now, in some cases, eustress can serve as a sort of healing for your nervous system. However, it still can provoke a hormonal response similar to ‘fight-or-flight’ reaction by triggering adrenal hormones and cortisol.
And these hormones can interrupt your sleep in the same ways as anxiety does. Which is why it’s essential to create some relaxing rituals that can boost your endorphin levels and leave you calm but in a positive mood.
Some ways to increase endorphin levels are the following:
These techniques aren’t something you need to do daily, but they may help you wind down on the most hectic days.
The bed you sleep on, along with pillows and sheets, might be another thing preventing you from catching your dose of ZZZ’s. To find out if this is the case, answer the following questions:
So, if you aren’t ready for unexpected spendings in the form of a new mattress, start small and replace your pillow. Thankfully, there are a lot of different pillow types that can meet every demand. Or, buy a natural bedding set that will help you get a more refreshing shut-eye.
Finally, if something prevents you from establishing a healthy routine, you may use sleeping aids. Unlike prescription medicines, these remedies do not have habit-forming mechanisms. Also, they are typically derived from plants or provide you with analogs of compounds that are naturally found in your body.
Sleeping aids can also help you fight stress, especially if they contain adaptogenic herbs, which can soothe your nervous system. Note that such pills do not give you immediate results, so it’s a good idea to start taking them earlier to feel their potency.
Here are some sleeping aids you can try:
Note that even if you’re buying over-the-counter meds, it is highly recommended to schedule an appointment with your healthcare specialist to determine which type of sleeping aid will work best for you and its dosage.