How to Get The Sleep You Need Before Your Wedding

How to Get The Sleep You Need Before Your Wedding

Most couples feel stressed before their wedding day. Budgeting, conflicts, and making the day perfect can cause pressure that keeps you up at night.

The night before your wedding, it’s essential to get enough sleep. You’ll want to feel well rested and look your best. But wedding stress might make it difficult for you to fall asleep or stay asleep and get a full night’s rest before your big day.

If you’re feeling too stressed to sleep before your wedding day, follow these tips to get the rest you need.

Eat lightly at your rehearsal dinner. If your rehearsal dinner is scheduled for the night before your wedding, make sure you plan to go easy. Don’t eat a heavy meal or overindulge on fatty foods. It’s difficult for your body to process a large meal or lots of fat at night as your body digests.

Say no to caffeine and alcohol. Alcohol and caffeine should be avoided the night before your wedding. Alcohol makes your sleep shallow, so although it may help you fall asleep, the quality of your sleep will be reduced, and you may not get into deep, restorative sleep. Caffeine is a stimulant and can last for hours, so if you drink coffee in the afternoon or evening, you may not be able to get to sleep at night.

Exercise. Regular physical activity is helpful for supporting healthy sleep. Plan to fit in a workout the day before your wedding, so you’re able to wear out your body and sleep well at night.

Meditate. Meditation can help clear your mind and relax your body so you can drift off to sleep. Consider using counting meditation, mindful breathing, or progressive muscle relaxation. These exercises can be helpful just before bed, or you can use them if you wake up in the middle of the night and find it difficult to fall back asleep.

Avoid napping. Even if you’re tired during the day, it’s best to avoid taking a nap the day before your wedding. If you nap and you’re too well rested, you may find it difficult to fall asleep on time. If you can’t avoid taking a nap, limit it to 30 minutes at the most and don’t nap after 3 p.m.

Use a journal. If you’ve got a lot on your mind and can’t sleep because of anxious thoughts, spend time journaling so you can let go of your thoughts and relax.

Make your bedroom comfortable. Make sure your bedroom is a healthy sleep environment where you can get a good night’s rest. Choose a mattress that is comfortable and well suited to your needs. Don’t keep wedding supplies in your bedroom where you may feel stressed about them. Reduce or eliminate distractions including noise and light that can interfere with the quality of your sleep.

Don’t stay up late on your phone. Avoid screen time late at night, especially the night before your wedding day. Put your phone away and turn it on silent if needed. Screen time at night can confuse your circadian rhythm and make you feel alert when you’re trying to sleep. Make sure you’re stopping screen time at least one hour before bed.

Stress is common, especially the night before your wedding day. But you need sleep to feel your best on your wedding day. Focus on healthy steps you can take to get to sleep and make the most of the night before your wedding day.

This was a guest post from Sleephelp.org.

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