It is important as brides to get enough sleep! All the wedding planning stress can have your mind racing and not allow you to sleep…. However, Brides need sleep to
recover from the long days of work and planning a wedding! If you become sleep deprived, you become irritable and have memory and concentration problems. To be the most productive bride, here are some tips for getting a good night’s rest. (Photo courtesy of: Shannon Grant Photograpy)
1. Keep on a Sleep Schedule.
Go to bed and wake up at the same time every night. This includes weekends! Consistency is the key for better sleep. If however, you are unable to fall asleep in 15 minutes, get up and do something that is relaxing until you feel like you can fall asleep easier.
2. Watch your eating/ drinking prior to going to bed.
Make sure that you are not hungry or stuffed when you go to bed. Also be aware not to eat certain foods that may cause indigestion prior to going to bed. Limit fluids prior to going to bed to prevent middle of the night trips to the bathroom. Caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol will make it very difficult to sleep- so don’t have any!
Make sure to get your exercise in, as it can promote falling asleep faster and a deeper sleep. Just be careful not to exercise too close to bed time because it can be too stimulating. It is best to exercise in the morning!
4. Create a Sleep Friendly Room
Make sure to keep noise down and use blackout curtains. Most people sleep best at 65 degrees Fahrenheit, so make sure the temperature is right for you. Make sure that if you are waking up with aches and pains in your back or neck after sleeping, look into a better bed and make sure all the bed fixings are comfortable and conducive to sleeping.
Make sure you are not going to bed with lots of thoughts running through your head. Make a slowdown routine where you are preparing for bed time. Dim the lights, take a warm shower/bath, meditate, read a relaxing book, or listen to relaxing music. These will all help get you ready for a good night’s sleep.
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