Stress is part of life, and, as it turns out, weddings too. The effort of tracking all the fine details from fonts on the invitations to the vegan options on the menu can be daunting for almost anyone. If that stress is keeping you awake, you might need to make a few changes to your routine.
A full night’s rest, that’s at least seven hours of sleep, can make or break your enjoyment of the time leading up to your wedding. Not only that, it can impact your health in a number of different ways. We’ve got some of our best tips to help you get the rest you need as the wedding day draws near.
Stress, Sleep, and Your Health
While you’ve probably already figured out that stress can cause sleep loss, you may not have considered that sleep loss increases stress. Anytime you get less than seven hours of sleep the emotional center of your brain becomes hypersensitive to negative thoughts, emotions, and events. At the same time, the logic center of your brain becomes less active, exerting less influence over your emotions. Unfortunately, that means when you’re sleep deprived, your stress levels will rise and further disrupt your sleep.
Sleep, or lack thereof, also impacts your physical health. The immune system relies on it to stay fully charged and ready to fight off infection. And, since we are talking about weddings, we have to mention physical appearance. Adequate sleep allows the skin to heal faster and reduces wrinkles, fine lines, and other signs of aging.
Keeping Stress in Check
All stress can’t be eliminated but you can learn to manage it and reduce its effects on your ability to sleep.
Turn Off Your Phone/Laptop/TV
Your favorite high-tech gadget could contribute to your stress and sleeplessness. The bright light from many popular devices can suppress sleep hormones. The content on those devices can also keep you awake. Whether it’s disturbing news reports or your latest change to the seating arrangement, you’ll need at least two to three hours of screen-free time to regulate your sleep hormones.
Create a Bedtime Routine with Extra Stress Management
Bedtime routines help signal the brain to start the sleep cycle while giving you a chance to rid yourself of daily stress. A methodical approach to this important time of day can help. You may want to start by setting your alarm system after checking all your windows and doors. Once you get to the bedroom, you’re ready to fully commit to your bedtime.
With an approaching wedding day, you might need to add in some extra stress management techniques like:
Meditation:This time-honored practice teaches you how to keep your mind in the present rather than on stressful past or future events. It also strengthens the connection between the emotion and logic centers of the brain. With as little as ten minutes a day, you can reduce stress and improve your sleep.
Yoga: Yoga might be a good option for you if physical tension comes with your stress. A few gentle poses before bed can reduce stress-related inflammation and improve your mood.
Aromatherapy:Some studies have shown that essential oils like lavender and jasmine work as a sleep aid in place of medication. Use a diffuser or create a spray to keep the scents close as you fall asleep.
Plan Events with Sleep in Mind
If you’re going to get a full night’s sleep, you’ve got to be home and ready for bed on time. You can help yourself achieve that by planning your wedding-related events accordingly. Try to have early start times for shopping, parties, and the rehearsal dinner so that you have time to sleep.
A commitment to sleep is a commitment to your own health. You’ll look and feel better when your body has time to rest, recover, and rejuvenate itself. Though you might have to make a few changes, they’ll be worth it when you look and feel amazing on your wedding day.
Tell us in the comments what’s keeping you up at night, and we’ll try to help!
This post was written by the staff at Tuck.com. Risa James Events has no financial relationship with Tuck.
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