Feeling Too Stressed to Sleep Before Your Big Day?
Wedding planning can be stressful, and it can interfere with the beauty sleep you need to feel and look your best on your big day. But there are ways to effectively relieve stress and sleep well at night even while you’re planning your wedding.
Are You Too Stressed to Sleep?
Everyone handles stress differently, so it’s important to look for some signs that you’re feeling stressed out during wedding planning. Signs of wedding stress include:
Doing errands during lunch breaks
Not enjoying wedding tasks
Procrastinating wedding tasks
Getting Better Sleep When You’ve Got Wedding Stress
Sleep may be low on your priority list, but it can help you feel better and deal with stress. At the same time, reducing stress can help you sleep better. Follow these tips to reduce stress and get a better night’s sleep before your wedding.
Practice healthy sleep habits. If you’re not already sleeping well, wedding stress isn’t going to make your sleep situation any better. Practice healthy sleep habits regularly. Maintain a consistent sleep schedule and bedtime routine. Avoid heavy exercise or caffeine before bedtime. Be careful about what you eat and drink before bed, avoiding heavy meals and foods that can cause digestion issues such as heartburn.
Ask for help. Don’t try to do all of the wedding tasks by yourself. Enlist your families and wedding party so they can help you take care of booking vendors, making choices, and completing projects. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, talk to someone who can lend an ear and let you vent about what’s bothering you.
Practice deep breathing, meditation, and mindfulness. These calming exercises can help you feel better and relax before bed so you can get to sleep. Use counted breathing exercises to meditate or try progressive muscle relaxation. Yoga is a good option for mindfulness and meditation as well.
Keep a bedside journal. If you’re struggling to keep anxious thoughts out of your mind when you’re trying to go to sleep, a journal may help. Keep your journal next to your bed, so if you’re having anxious thoughts or think of something you need to take care of, you can write it down to get it off your mind and revisit it in the morning.
Improve your sleep environment. A healthy sleep environment is essential for high-quality sleep. Don’t stack wedding papers and DIY project materials in and around your bed — that’s stressful. Make sure your room is dark, quiet, comfortable, and stress-free. If you get hot easily, turn down the heat and sleep on a mattress with airflow and cooling technology.
Use aromatherapy. Scents can be soothing and help you drift off to sleep at night. Use a lavender room spray, or put lavender essential oil in an oil diffuser to make your room smell calming and relaxing.
Take a hot bath. Pamper yourself and take a hot bath before bed. It can relax your muscles and put you in a relaxed mood before you drift off to sleep.
To feel your best on your wedding day, remember to take care of yourself. Take steps to reduce your stress so you can sleep well and enjoy your big celebration!