The days leading up to your wedding day can be stressful, exciting, and maybe even a total blur as you’re busier than ever before. Weddings are a satisfying kind of stress, and even if wedding planning is driving you crazy, it’s all good fun.
But even if you’re enjoying this phase of your life, there’s no denying that it’s exhausting. Late nights spent choosing vendors, sending follow up emails, and working on the details can cut into your relaxation time and leave you feeling tired the next day.
Getting those restful z’s is vital for functioning at your best. When you don’t, you can experience problems including lack of alertness, impaired memory, stressed relationships, diminished quality of life, and a higher likelihood of accidents. That’s just in the short term. In the long term, you can be at a higher risk for serious health problems.
Another effect brides, in particular, to be concerned with is how sleep deprivation makes you look. If you feel awful from a lack thereof, you may not appear so attractive, either.
Research has found that people who are sleep deprived are perceived as less attractive, less healthy, and more tired by outside observers. Chronic sleep deprivation can influence aging, making your skin less able to bounce back from stressors such as UV rays.
Sleeping is often easier said than done, especially for busy brides. But making sleep a priority can help you feel better and look better as you lead up to your big day.
Deal with wedding stress. Ask for help by reaching out to your planner on what is keeping you up. Talk to a friend. Practice relaxation techniques such as yoga, meditation, or journaling. If you’re lying awake at night feeling anxious about things you need to do or plan, write them down in your journal so you can clear your mind for the night and let go.
Sleep in a comfortable environment. Make sure you’re giving yourself the best place to rest. Avoid working on wedding tasks in bed, and don’t take your laptop or phone to bed with you. If you’re shopping for a new mattress to share with your partner, take the time to compare mattresses and read online reviews to make sure you choose one that’s the right fit for both of you.
Squeeze sleep into your schedule. Plan ahead and make sure you always have enough time to sleep at night. Give yourself about eight hours of time to rest so that you can sleep at least seven hours each night. Plan what time you need to get up in the morning and count backward from there.
Don’t sabotage sleep with bad habits. Excessive naps, late-night exercise, caffeine, and alcohol can lower the quality and quantity of your sleep. Avoid taking naps after 3 p.m. and limit your nap times to 30 minutes or less. You should avoid caffeine after 3 p.m. as well. Although exercise can help you fall asleep, it’s best to do it during the day so you won’t be too energized to sleep well. Although a nightcap drink can help you fall asleep faster, it can disturb your rest later, so it’s best to avoid alcohol just before bed.
With all the planning of a wedding don’t forget to plan on being the best and most rested you. By getting some much needed sleep you will look your best and will feel rejuvenated!