If you feel like wedding stress is keeping you up at night, you’re probably right. Stress can have a significant effect on your ability to sleep well.
The American Psychological Association reports:
• 31 percent of millennials don’t get enough sleep because they’re thinking of things they need to do or haven’t finished yet.
• 35 percent say they have too many things to do and not enough time to sleep at least eight hours each night.
When you’re wedding planning, there’s practically no end to the list of things you need to do. But sleep should be at the top of your list.
When you don’t get enough sleep, there can be consequences including:
- Feeling sluggish or lazy
- Trouble concentrating
- Feeling overwhelmed
- Skipping exercise
- Increased stress
How to Get Better Sleep
Getting the sleep you need at night can help you better manage stress and feel more refreshed every day. Improve your sleep health and get quality rest each night with these tips for better sleep:
- Make your bedroom a healthy sleep environment. Sleeping in a calm, quiet, and comfortable environment is key for healthy rest. Choose your mattress carefully, so you’re sleeping on a bed that meets your needs. Block out distractions such as bright lights and noise, using blackout curtains, earplugs, fans, or a white noise machine at night. Keep any wedding DIY projects out of your bedroom too.
- Manage stress. Practice stress management throughout the day. Organize your tasks and set priorities. Ask for help, delegating tasks that you can’t or don’t need to do yourself. This tactic is especially important with wedding projects, as they can pile up quickly and become overwhelming.
- Stay active. Regular exercise can help you manage stress and get the rest you need. Outdoor activities can support a healthy circadian rhythm by giving you good exposure to sunlight during the day. However, you should avoid intense physical exercise late at night, as it can leave you feeling too energized to sleep well. Going for a walk with your partner before your rehearsal dinner could be a good solution.
- Follow a regular sleep schedule and bedtime routine. Consistent sleep can make it easier for you to sleep well at night. When you have a regular bedtime, your body will become tired at the same time and help you fall asleep faster. The same is true for a regular bedtime routine: when you go through the same steps before bed each night, your body recognizes the routine and starts to slow down and relax for sleep. Make sure that your rehearsal dinner timing doesn’t interfere with this schedule or you may struggle to sleep before your wedding.
Although many couples don’t worry about sleep issues until the night before the wedding, developing healthy sleep habits can take a few weeks. Practice making time to rest in the weeks leading up to your wedding so that you can ease into sleep on the night before your big day.
Article contributed by guest author and researcher Samantha Kent.
Ellie Porter, Managing Editor of SleepHelp.org