Sleep Wonderful Sleep... Where are you?!
Now and then I love to involve the experts from different fields to shed light on topics that may help you. Sleep I know (as a Mother of two!) is vital to general well being. Tuck Sleep Experts have come to our rescue to aid those Wedding Planning Busy Heads!…
How to Sleep During the Stressful Weeks Before Your Wedding
The countdown is on. Now that the big day is almost here, the pressure starts to rise and can come between you and a good night’s sleep. The final weeks before your wedding are full of last-minute fittings, arrangements, and unexpected changes. If you find yourself staring at the ceiling instead of getting the full seven to nine hours of sleep you need, you’re not alone. We’ve put together our best tips for managing stress so you can get some rest even when your wedding is right around the corner.
Put the Wedding Away Early
It’s easy to say but not so easy to do. What we really mean is to stop working on wedding-related tasks at least an hour before bed. Your mind and body need the break. Will running through the seating chart one more time really be helpful? Probably not. Put it away and do something that’s not wedding related like read a book or take a warm bath.
Establish a Focused Bedtime Routine
You probably already know that bedtime routines help you fall asleep. The predictability trains your brain when to release sleep hormones. But, when stress is at a high, you need to focus your bedtime on relaxation and stress relief. Our favorites include:
Meditation: Mindfulness meditation, a method that trains the mind to stay in the present moment, has been shown to reduce heart rate and blood pressure when practiced regularly. A 10 to 15-minute per day commitment is enough to see noticeable changes.
Yoga: We’re not talking about hot or vigorous yoga. We’re talking about a few relaxing poses before bed. Yoga reduces the amount of stress-related proteins in your body. Plus, it’s a great way to stretch tense muscles.
Journaling: Keep a journal next to your bed to write down all the little details you don’t want to forget. It’s also a great place to write down your worries. Sometimes you have to just get them out of your head and onto the page so you can get some sleep.
Don’t Force It
If you’re struggling to fall asleep, don’t stay in bed tossing and turning. Lying in bed for longer than twenty minutes can make it harder for your brain to shut down. Get up, get a drink, read a book, or do something else relaxing and try again when you start to feel sleepy.
Make Comfort a Priority
Your goal for more (and better) sleep needs all the help it can get. Make sure your bedroom is set up for success. Block out all light and keep noise to a minimum. If noisy neighbors keep you awake, invest in a white noise machine.
Most importantly, your bed should feel like a comforting hug that you can’t resist. A mattress that’s seen better days may benefit from a mattress topper. Try a cooling pillow if you’re easily overheated. Keep an extra blanket at the foot of your bed if you have a hard time staying warm. Prepare for comfort so you don’t have to think about it at bedtime or in the middle of the night.
A good night’s rest can make the final weeks before your wedding less stressful. You’ll be able to appreciate this special time as you prepare to start a new life with your best friend. Try to be consistent and make time for relaxation. As you do, you’ll be able to get a full night’s rest.
Thank you Tuck and we hope this helps you in bedtime hours!
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