Joy, anticipation, and jitters – preparing for a wedding is a spectrum of different emotions. And in the midst of all this planning and dreaming, it's just so easy to let restful nights slip away. But remember, quality sleep is very important! It affects our mood, health (both physical and mental), and our appearance. Ahead, we've put together 6 helpful tips to ensure you get the best sleep ever.
Create a Relaxing Bedtime Ritual
Start building a calming bedtime routine a couple of weeks before your wedding. This could include reading a book, listening to relaxing music (why not create a special bedtime playlist, for example?) or taking a warm bath to melt away the day's tension. Also, before hitting the sheets, take a moment to meditate. It's a great way to clear your mind and connect with your inner self.
Invest in Comfortable Bedding
Getting a good night's sleep often comes down to what you're sleeping on. If you're waking up feeling like you've wrestled all night, perhaps it's a sign to purchase a new mattress or pillow. Think of it as an investment not only in your comfort but in your health and looks. When choosing a mattress, keep in mind sleeping position and any special needs you might have. Conflicted which pillow to choose? Consider trying a pregnancy pillow. Yes, even if you aren't expecting a baby! Surprisingly, many people, especially side sleepers, find them very comfortable. The U and C-shaped pregnancy pillows provide support for the entire body, improve blood circulation and even promote healthier sleeping posture. As for the blanket, weighted ones are gaining popularity, and for good reason. They offer a gentle, hugging sensation, believed to boost mood and reduce stress.
Mind Your Diet
Salty, fatty and spicy food is a big no-no before bed. For your late-night snack opt for something light: fruit, nuts, or low-fat Greek yogurt, which is packed with calcium and protein. And as for drinks? Cut back on alcohol, fizzy drinks and, yes, skip drinking coffee late. Caffeine might be great for kick-starting our mornings, but not so much when we're trying to sleep. A cup of warm milk or calming herbal tea is a much better choice.
Limit Screen Time
Set aside your phone or tablet at least an hour before bedtime. We get it, scrolling through social media feels like a relaxing way to end the day. But, watch out – the blue light emitted by the electronic gadgets can mess with melatonin production, the hormone that helps us sleep. And to minimize distructions before and during bedtime, consider switching on Sleep Focus feature on your phone. It will filter out unwanted notifications and calls, letting others know you're off the grid for the night.
Don’t Skip Exercising
Exercising can help you fall asleep quicker and enjoy a more restful sleep. Not in the mood for attending in-person fitness lessons? Not a problem! Try working out in the comfort of your home. There are plenty of apartment-friendly workouts you can do without disturbing your neighbors. Just be careful and be sure not to exercise too close to bedtime, as it might have the opposite effect.
Planning a wedding is truly a rollercoaster of emotions! Excitement one moment, and a flurry of worries the other. What if things don’t go as planned? If constant thoughts are getting the better of you, try journaling before bed. Write down your feelings, hopes, and worries - it’s a soothing way to unwind and get a peaceful night’s rest.