It’s the day every little girl dreams about: your wedding day. You’ve found the most perfect decorations and have every bride’s dream accessories and jewelry, the guest list is ready, the band is booked, but there’s one problem…you can’t seem to fall asleep on your botanical mattress. If there’s one thing every bride (and groom for that matter!) needs, it’s their beauty sleep. How can you be expected to tackle, remember and enjoy the biggest day of your life without the proper sleep? While of course you’ll be nervous, it’s only natural to have trouble sleeping – Prince William reportedly only got 30 minutes of sleep before his big day. But there are ways to help you get some shut eye, despite the biggest day of your life waiting for you just around the corner!
We’ve discussed the importance of getting the right mattress for newlyweds once you’re married, but let’s talk about how to sleep before you tie the knot.
In an effort to stay on track with your sleep cycle, make sure you get at least seven hours of sleep at night so you can be alert throughout the day. Even if that means having to go to bed earlier than usual, it’s worth it. Feeling tired and exhausted will decrease your productivity, and you’ll accomplish less than if you were to sleep a little longer.
Darken Your Bedroom: If you’re finding it difficult to sleep at night, try making your bedroom dark, so that the darkness signals your brain to wind down.
Eat Earlier: Try eating at least two hours before bed so your food has time to digest, and run a hot bath to clear your mind and relax your muscles.
You’re in this Together: Make sure that wedding planning is a team effort with you and your partner. Help to take some stress of your self by creating to-do lists. Crossing items off these lists (even if they’re small ones) will have you sleeping better at night. Trying these tips together will help put you both on the same sleep cycle. And while it seems like you have a never-ending to-do list for your wedding, it’s more likely that you’ll get things done effectively if you and your partner are well rested.
Drink Tea: At night, it’s important to naturally help your body wind down from your crazy and stressful day of wedding planning. Drinking chamomile tea or taking natural sleep supplements such as melatonin will not only help you fall asleep faster, but it will also help you have a solid night of sleep, which can be the most important element to face the day ahead. Tea also helps your immune system, and the last thing you want is to be sick on your wedding day!
When all else fails, talk to your doctor: If natural tips aren’t helping you sleep at night, talk to your doctor about going on a light dosage of sleeping pills, just for the few months leading up to your wedding.
Most importantly, remember to relax! This is your big day and one of the most special days of your life, sleep now, hopefully you won’t be doing much sleep on the honeymoon!