Why Sleep is Important for a Stress Free Wedding Day
If you are stressed about wedding details and unable to sleep the night before, you are in good company. A survey of 500 engaged and newlywed couples showed that 96% of couples worry about wedding planning. Many couples even ranked wedding planning as more stress-inducing than finding a job. Take a deep breath. The stress is real, but there are ways to let go.
One way to handle the stress is to get a full seven to 8 hours sleep before your wedding ceremony. It may sound challenging because those worries bounce around your head all night. However, sleep and stress are a vicious cycle.
If you are sleep-deprived on your wedding day, you’re more likely to feel anxious. Of course, if you feel stressed, it’s also hard to get the sleep you need the previous night. Luckily, there are many ways to convince your body to sleep well on the night before your wedding.
Get Those Worries on Paper
To rid yourself of those pre-wedding jitters or floral arrangement worries, try to write down your thoughts before bed. Your thoughts and worries may be a long list of to-dos on the big day. Or a detailed graphic of what relatives are not allowed to interact with one another. It might even be a confession of your concerns about your spouse. The purpose of writing it down is to enable yourself to let go of these feelings for a few hours sleep.
Build Your Sanctuary
During your wedding day, it’s going to be impossible to get away and fully relax. This can be especially difficult for more introverted couples. Make sure that you can recharge the previous night and de-stress by hiding in your sleep sanctuary. Your sleep getaway should have a few essential elements: a soft mattress that envelops your tired body, dark curtains to block out the sun or light pollution, and a cool temperature to allow you to sleep more soundly.
Get Some Exercise
Sneaking out to the gym may seem like an inappropriate thing to do before your rehearsal dinner. However, working up a sweat would give you a quick boost of endorphins. Bring your partner with you to exercise if you want to grab a few moments alone before the activities commence. Even a quick walk outside can help orient your sleep cycle with a dose of sunshine. Being physically tired on the night before your wedding will make it easier to slip into sleep at the right time.
Eat Light at the Wedding Rehearsal
A big meal the night before your big day can make you feel bloated and too uncomfortable to sleep. Acid reflux can also keep you awake longer than you want. Avoiding caffeine at the dinner will also help your body prepare for sleep.
Limit your drinking to one or two glasses, especially if you are eating light. Keep an eye that your bridal party doesn’t drink too much as well. You don’t want to have to deal with some of these wedding day horror stories.
Bottom Line: Sleep Reduces Stress
If you’re still not convinced that sleep will help you enjoy your wedding, remember rest does more than reduce stress. Brides that sleep well look more radiant. A study showed that sleep-deprived people looked less attractive than when they had enough sleep.
Rest also helps with emotional regulation. You can cry at the ceremony and still move on to laughing with the bridesmaids at the reception. Taking some small steps to sleep well the night before can make your celebration even more memorable.
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