How to sleep before your wedding day
July 4th, 2019
With adrenaline, anxiety and nerves all building up ahead of your wedding day, it’s normal for brides and grooms to-be to lose some sleep – especially the night before your big day! But fear not. If you’re tying the knot this wedding season, we have some top tips to leave you feeling bright-eyed and bushy tailed on your big day.
Avoid a night-cap before bed
While a nice glass of wine might be an enjoyable way to de-stress before the big day, try to exercise some restraint. Alcohol can have a negative impact on our rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, which is often considered the most restorative stage of the sleep cycle. While you may fall asleep faster after a couple of drinks, you’ll spend less time in your REM phase of sleep - meaning you’re more likely to wake up feeling unrested and drowsy.
Have a soak
The physical effects of a soak before bed can help to induce sleep, because your body temperature has a strong influence on how quickly you fall asleep at night.
Your temperature naturally dips at night as the body prepares for rest, beginning about two hours before sleep. When you soak in a hot bath, your temperature rises by a degree or two, and the rapid cool-down immediately after the bath imitates this natural decrease of your body temperature, which helps induce tiredness.
Adopt the clean sleeping trend
As well as the disruptive notifications throughout the night from the influx of well-wishing messages you’ll be sure to receive from your loved ones, the blue light emitted by screens on our phones, tablets and TVs impacts our levels of melatonin, the sleep-inducing hormone. By allowing yourself a tech-free zone for 30 minutes before bed, you’ll prevent technology having a negative impact on your sleep and ensure a better night’s rest.
Say no to caffeine
We get it; the lure of caffeine is strong during busy and hectic periods. But indulging in your favourite coffee can have a negative impact on your sleep. Caffeine stays in our system for much longer than many people believe, so be sure to avoid that cup of tea or coffee after 3pm to minimise its impact on your slumber.
Write it down!
If your mind is racing as you’re trying to drop off, then putting pen to paper and writing down your to-dos can have some seriously soothing benefits. Studies have found that by making a list of all your tasks or worries, it helps to almost 'pluck' those thoughts from your head and place them on the paper, helping you to drift off.