Tips for Dealing with Insomnia Before Your Wedding Day
By Samantha Kent (Featured Guest Author from SleepHelp.org)
Weddings are exciting, but they can be very stressful. Brides are often so wrapped up in planning and details that they forget to take care of their most important detail: their health, and specifically, sleep.
Sleep deprivation can exacerbate anxiety and stress and make it difficult for you to feel your best on your wedding day and the weeks, even months leading up to it. This is a joyful time, and you should enjoy it well rested.
Of course, stress can contribute to difficulties with sleep. You may find yourself lying in bed thinking about what you need to do next, or worrying about vendors and other details. It's important to let these anxieties go so that you can get the rest you need to function at your best.
Try these recommendations to reduce stress and get a better night's sleep leading up to the big day:
· Ask for help. Staying up late working on decorations can seriously cut into sleep time. Instead of trying to take it all on by yourself, get help. Ask your bridesmaids, family, and friends to come over and work on wedding craft projects so you can take some of the load off.
· Delegate. Similarly, pass off duties that other people can handle. Ask your fiance to handle responsibilities with you, such as arranging tuxes or planning the rehearsal dinner. Letting go of some of the responsibilities of the wedding may be difficult if you want to be in charge of it all, but it can reduce your workload and stress level.
· Maintain a journal. If you're plagued by stressful thoughts and lots of what ifs when you're trying to get to sleep at night, consider keeping a journal by your bed. Using a journal, you can write down the thoughts that pop in your head and let them go so you can go to sleep knowing you'll have that reference to take care of it in the morning.
· Practice deep breathing, meditation, or mindfulness. Relaxation techniques can help you calm down and drift off to sleep at night. Consider deep breathing, meditation, and mindfulness. Take a warm bath, practice yoga, or try other relaxation techniques that work for you.
· Talk out stress. If you're feeling anxious or stressed about your wedding or any other issues, reach out. Therapy can be helpful, or even just calling up a friend. Lean on your fiance and talk through what's stressing you out. You may be able to get help, or just feel better having laid out any issues that are causing you stress.
· Try aromatherapy. Aromatherapy can make your sleep environment more relaxing and healthy. Consider diffusing relaxing essential oils, such as lavender.
· Maintain healthy sleep hygiene. Create a comfortable, healthy sleep environment. If you need to buy a new mattress or blackout curtains to help, it’s a small investment in your health. Also avoid screen time, caffeine, heavy exercise, and large meals just before bed. Maintain a regular sleep schedule, and keep a regular bedtime routine to encourage consistency and predictability that can help you get to sleep easier.
About the author:
Samantha Kent is a researcher for SleepHelp.org. Her favorite writing topic is how getting enough sleep can improve your life. Currently residing in Boise, Idaho, she sleeps in a California King bed, often with a cat on her face.