How to Sleep with Pre-Wedding Jitters

Weddings take a lot of work - from the seating chart, to dress fittings and bridesmaids’ gifts, to travel arrangements…the tasks are endless! It’s not unusual for couples to cut into their sleep to get through it all. But sleep is more than a luxury, it's an essential need for your physical, mental, and emotional health. Though it may take a few changes, simple changes will help you get the rest you need and help manage wedding stress so you can enjoy your pre-wedding planning.  

We consulted with the professionals at Tuck, a community devoted to improving sleep hygiene, health and wellness through the creation and dissemination of comprehensive, unbiased, free web-based resources. They gave us their top expert advice for getting your best sleep every night (especially the night before the big day)!

Photographer:  Amanda Marie Studio

Photographer: Amanda Marie Studio

Circles of Stress and Sleep Deprivation

Did you know that most people need seven to nine hours of sleep to be fully rested? Anything less and sleep deprivation enters the picture. In this state, the brain undergoes significant changes that increase stress. Talk about a recipe for disaster when trying to plan your dream wedding!

A small area of the brain called the amygdala, responsible for processing emotions, becomes overactive and sensitive to anything negative - like an argument with your maid of honor or a photographer who cancels three weeks before the big day. At the same time, another area of the brain called the prefrontal cortex, used to apply logic and reasoning to your emotions, becomes less active.

The combination of intensified emotional responses with less logical thought causes stress levels to increase. As you can imagine, more stress means less sleep and the cycle continues until you find yourself in the middle of a bridezilla moment.

Photographer:  Cadence & Eli

Photographer: Cadence & Eli

Daily Stress Relief

As much as you may try, you can't rid yourself of all wedding stress. You can, however, take daily measures to reduce it so that stress doesn’t take over your life.

Regular Exercise
Exercise causes the release of feel-good endorphins while relieving physical tension. Stretching, walking, running, swimming—the activity doesn’t matter as long as you increase your heart rate.

Meditation
A daily meditation routine can trigger your body's "relaxation response," which decreases your heart rate and blood pressure. It's also been shown to strengthen the connection between your amygdala and prefrontal cortex, which puts logic back in charge of your emotions. We recommend a brief meditation session on your wedding morning to clear your mind and put you at ease for the big day ahead.

Talk It Out - Hire a Wedding Planner!
You're not in this alone. When the stress starts to feel like too much, call your fiancé, best friend, or wedding planner! Sometimes an outside perspective can be helpful while at other times all you really need is reassurance that everything will be okay. Let a planner worry about the details!

Photographer:  Tarah Elise Photography

GET Better BEAUTY Sleep WITH Healthy Habits

As you're working on daily stress relief, you can also develop better sleep habits.

  1. Organize Your Sleep Sanctum

Your bedroom should be your sacred sleep space. That means moving your home office or gym to another location. Clearing clutter, blocking out light, and controlling sound with a white noise machine are a few of the ways you can make your bedroom a calming space that promotes restful sleep.

2. Devote Yourself to a Bedtime Routine

Bedtime routines signal the brain to start the release of sleep hormones while giving you an opportunity to rid yourself of stress. It's a good time to listen to quiet music, drink a warm glass of milk, or incorporate your daily meditation. Just be sure to perform the activities in the same order and at the same time every night.

3. Turn Off and Remove Electronic Devices

It might be tempting to check your wedding registry while lying in bed, but the bright light emitted by electronic screens can suppress sleep hormones. To regulate your sleep cycle, turn off your devices, including smartphones and televisions, two to three hours before bed. If you get notifications during the night, it might be best to remove them from the bedroom altogether.

Take time for stress relief every day and make sure that sleep is at the top of your wedding to-do list!

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