Wellness Wednesday: 6 Things to Try When You’re Too Stressed to Sleep Before Your Wedding
Your big day is almost here. You’re about to be married to the love of your life. However, you might be feeling the strain of planning the perfect day, and beginning to feel as if you’re turning into a bridezilla, simply because you aren’t sleeping well. We want to do everything we can to help you avoid that, and get your beauty rest for the big day.
If you find yourself with your thoughts racing faster than you can count sheep, you should try putting pen to paper and getting them out of your head. Write down what’s going through your head. You can use this paper as a to-do list, or as something to talk with your partner about later.
Make sure you end this exercise on a happy note by writing down all the things you are excited about for your wedding day.
2. Practice Yoga and Meditation
If you’re feeling restless, it might be worth trying to do some light exercise like yoga, and meditating on whatever is making you anxious.
Meditation has been found to help ease the mental and physical effects of anxiety, which can range from tight muscles to a racing heartbeat. It’s also found to help you sleep more deeply, and more consistently, once you get to sleep.
For those who haven’t tried it before, The New York Times has a guide.
3. Add Soothing Scents
There are all kinds of ways to make sure that your room is calming. A great way to do that is to add some soothing scents to the space.
Lavender, chamomile, bergamot, jasmine, rose and sandalwood are scents that have been found to be calming, and worth trying in your room. You can try them out by using essential oil, incense, pillow spray, candle or lotion with these scents.
Adding just a hint to the room will help your brain calm down a little bit.
4. Get Intimate with your Partner
As long as you’re both satisfied, having sex will not only wear you out but also trigger the release of a hormone called oxytocin, which will help you get to sleep.
Some beds are better than others for having sex. Check mattress reviews to see if yours is a good fit for your needs.
5. Turn Down the Temperature
You might be staying in a hotel the night before your wedding, which means there might not be a lot you can do to make the room more comfortable. However, you can turn the temperature down in your room. It’s recommended to sleep with your room between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit. A rapid decline in temperature can help trigger your body’s natural impulses to get sleepy when it’s cool.
6. Try Melatonin
Your body naturally produces melatonin, but if you find yourself struggling to sleep, it might be worth buying some over the counter. Melatonin is the hormone that tells your body that it’s time to rest. If you’re having trouble getting to sleep, your body may be too keyed up to produce as much as it should.
Managing Editor | SleepHelp.org