I am really excited about today’s blog post! We’ve teamed up with our friends at sleephelp.org to talk about something very important for brides and grooms. You guessed it – sleep! It’s no secret that wedding planning can be stressful and sleep is imperative to reduce stress levels. Read ahead for lots of tips regarding sleep and relieving all that wedding stress from The Sleep Help Institute experts!
Relieve Stress and Get the Rest You Need Before Your Wedding Day
Weddings are full of joy but can be one of the most stressful experiences of your life. This stress can interfere with healthy sleep, and make it difficult for you to enjoy your wedding day fully. Relieving stress and practicing healthy sleep habits can help you get the rest you need to have a great wedding day.
Weddings can be Stressful
Nearly all (96 percent) of engaged couples experience some level wedding stress, and 40 percent of couples say wedding planning is extremely stressful. Many feel it’s more stressful than finding a new job. After all, getting married is a major life transformation.
Stress can Interfere With Sleep
Often, worries can make it difficult to sleep at night. Engaged couples often have a mounting list of tasks to handle, and those tasks can get in the way of resting. For 31 percent of millennials, thinking about the things they need to do or didn’t get done keeps them up at night. And 35 percent of millennials say they don’t sleep at least eight hours a night because they have too many things to do and not enough time.
A Lack of Sleep can Exacerbate Stress
But not sleeping isn’t an option, especially not before your wedding day. A lack of sleep can increase your stress. It can make you feel irritable or angry, overwhelmed, lower your motivation or energy, cause you to lose patience or yell at your partner, or skip exercise.
Signs You’re Feeling Wedding Stress
Common signs of stress include:
Muscle tension or pain
Change in sex drive
Exercising less often
Drug or alcohol abuse
How to Relieve Stress, Sleep Well, and Enjoy Your Wedding Day
The entire wedding planning process can be stressful, but the night before your wedding can be an especially difficult time to get to sleep. You may be full of nervous energy, excitement, anxiety, and thoughts of a mile long to-do list.
But to feel and look your best on your wedding day, it’s essential that you sleep well the night before. Follow these tips to alleviate stress and get the rest you need to face your big day refreshed:
Relieve stress. Practicing stress relief techniques can help you feel better and get to sleep. Engage in physical activity, talk to family and friends, and make sure you’re making time for your hobbies. Relaxation techniques can be helpful, including yoga, massage, deep breathing, and meditation.
Practice healthy sleep habits. In the weeks and months leading up to your wedding day, focus on consistent healthy sleep. Create a regular sleep schedule and bedtime routine so you can get your body used to going to bed at the same time each night and learning that when you start your bedtime routine, it’s time to wind down.
Improve your sleep environment. Make sure your bedroom is a place of calm and comfort. Keep wedding work out of your room and especially off of your bed. Upgrade your mattress so you’ll have a new bed that meets both you and your partner’s needs for healthy sleep.
Take extra time to focus on healthy sleep the night before your wedding day. The night before your big day, give yourself at least an hour to wind down and relax before sleep. This time will help you separate a busy day from a more restful night. Take a warm bath or shower and practice breathing exercises. If you’re having trouble watching the clock and counting hours, hide it. Write out any anxious thoughts in a journal and save them for the morning.
A huge thank you to sleephelp.org for sharing their insight! Head over to their website for more information on how to get the best sleep possible and relieve stress!