Guest lists, table settings, cake, food – the number of tasks and details you have to track before your wedding can be overwhelming. The stress of it all can make it hard to get a good night’s rest. Unfortunately, sleep is more important to your physical and mental health than you might think. If you really want to manage your stress, getting enough sleep is essential. The good news – healthy stress management and sleep habits can help you relax and enjoy your wedding.
Most people need seven to eight hours of sleep to function at their best. Without that sleep, your emotions are going to start riding a roller coaster, which can be disastrous for the levels of your wedding stress.
Without sleep, the emotional center of your brain becomes more sensitive to anything negative like trouble with seating arrangements or last-minute menu changes. At the same time, the portion of your brain that applies reason to your emotions and helps keep them in check becomes less active. The results – you get more stressed.
You can’t eliminate all of the stress from your life, especially with your wedding coming up. But, you can manage it in healthy ways to keep it from taking over.
Reducing stress and getting better sleep often start long before you lie down for bed. Take a good look at the conditions in your room to make sure they support optimum sleep. For example, blackout curtains or heavy drapes can keep light out and block outside noise. Your mattress may also benefit from an upgrade if it’s more than eight years old. There are new options available like latex mattresses and organic foams, which can help you get a comfortable fit for your preferred sleeping position.
Make sure you’re giving your body the fuel it needs to stay healthy. If you’re grabbing lunch on the go, try to choose foods packed with nutrients. High-fat, sugary foods may be fast and easy, but they can interfere with your digestion, which could come back to haunt you with acid reflux at bedtime. Keep a close eye on your intake of stimulants like caffeine. Anything drunk within four hours of bedtime can block the release of sleep hormones and make you feel even more stressed out.
As you get closer to your wedding day, sleep will likely become even more elusive, and you’ll need to keep even closer tabs on what you’re eating. You might be tempted to indulge at the rehearsal dinner but try to keep things light. Not only will it help you sleep better but it can also prevent stress from causing an upset stomach.
Even if you have a full schedule, make time for exercise. Not only can exercise help you relieve tension and stress but it can increase your energy during the day and help you feel more tired at night. An early morning run or an afternoon walk on your lunch break could be enough to improve your sleep quality. But, keep in mind that strenuous exercise done within four hours of bedtime could keep you awake due to the release of endorphins and adrenaline.
With a focus on healthy eating and sleep habits, you’ll be able to get the rest you need so you can enjoy one of the happiest days of your life.