If your wedding day is right around the corner, you're probably starting to feel those wedding jitters. It's normal to be nervous, but you don't want anxiety or stress to come between you and a good night’s rest. Easier said than done, right? While there’s inevitably a lot happening before your wedding, I've got a few tips that can help you sleep in the weeks, days, and hours before you say ‘I do.’
Put Stress Management on Your Daily ListA life-changing event like a wedding comes with a certain amount of unavoidable stress. To get the rest you need, you’ll need daily stress management to prevent you from lying awake at night. Some of my favorite stress-relieving techniques include:
Write Sleep Into Your ScheduleIt may sound silly, but as your wedding day draws closer, you'll need to write sleep into your schedule. Set a bedtime and guard it religiously. If you've committed to your bedtime, it'll be easier to put down your guest list or turn off the TV when it's time
for bed. Consistency allows your brain to anticipate the start of your sleep cycle and release sleep hormones accordingly. Your response to those hormones strengthens as you follow a regular schedule.
Make Your Bedroom a SanctuaryIf you're going to escape from wedding stress, your bedroom has to be a sleep sanctuary. Wedding planning should not take place in this room nor should work or exercise. The bedroom should be reserved for sleep and intimacy. That way when you cross the threshold, your brain and body respond appropriately.
Rehearse EarlyTraditionally, you'll spend the night before your wedding at the rehearsal dinner. While this is a wonderful tradition to greet and welcome guests, it can get late and leave you with little time for sleep. Try to schedule your rehearsal dinner in the late afternoon or early evening so you have time to meet with friends and family and still get to bed at a decent hour.
ConclusionRelax, you're supposed to enjoy your wedding. Use all of your most calming stress management techniques the night before your wedding so you're prepared to look and feel your best. With adequate rest, you can fully enjoy one of the most important days of your life.
Stacey L. Nash is a Seattle area writer for Tuck.com whose insomnia led her to research all aspects of sleep. With a degree in communications from the University of Puget Sound, she helps put sleep into the forefront of the health and wellness conversation. When not researching and writing about sleep, she spends time with her husband and four children on their heavily-wooded, twelve-acre piece of heaven.