How to Put Wedding Jitters Aside and Get Better Sleep
Call it anxiety or stress but wedding jitters are a normal part of getting married. However, when your nerves get in the way of adequate sleep, that’s a full seven to nine hours, you’re putting your physical, mental, and emotional well-being at stake.
You can still get the rest you need despite wedding-related stress or jitters. With a foundation built on a good night’s sleep, you’ll be able to enjoy the planning process as you prepare to start a new life with your fiance.
Deal with Stress Daily
To keep stress from getting the better of you, you’ll need to put forth daily effort to address and reduce stress. A few methods we’ve found effective include:
Meditating Before Bed: Mindfulness meditation brings thoughts and emotions into the present moment, away from thoughts of stressful future events. In so doing, it can cause a “relaxation effect,” wherein the heart rate and blood pressure go down.
Going Outside: Take advantage of the most natural of stress relievers–nature. Studies have found that spending time in nature can restore concentration and focus, reduce symptoms of ADHD, and reduce activity in the area of the brain where depression develops.
Daily Exercise: If you’re already headed outside, you might as well exercise too. The endorphins released by exercise cause a natural high while working out physical tension. Plus, when you exercise, you generally feel more tired at night.
Bring Nature Into Your Bedroom
There are times of the year when taking a walk outside is less than pleasant. However, you can bring nature indoors and get many of the same benefits. Try adding a houseplant or two in your living room or bedroom. Some varieties even clean the air of biotoxins which can improve the quality of your sleep.
If you’re looking for a quick pick me up, a bouquet of fresh flowers brings the colors, textures, and scents of nature to any room. It’s hard to look at fresh flowers and not feel happy and uplifted.
Treat Your Bedtime Right
When stress is keeping you from sleep, you have to make your bedtime sacred. Decide on an appropriate bedtime then stick to it. The more consistent you are the easier it is for your body to fully adjust and time the release of sleep hormones. We also suggest:
- Nixing Stimulants: Caffeine and similar stimulants need time to leave your system. When consumed too close to bedtime, the caffeine can block sleep hormones.
Watching Out for Screen Time: Televisions, iPads, smartphones, and other devices often emit blue spectrum light that suppresses sleep hormones. The most effective way to prevent screen time from interfering with your sleep cycle is to turn screens off two to three hours before bed. Some devices have a night or night shift mode the changes the spectrum of the light from blue to red. Blue light blocking sunglasses are another option to limit your nighttime exposure.
Eating Light and Early: Food influences your sleep schedule more than you may realize. There’s always the heavy, high-fat foods that cause indigestion and heartburn to keep you awake, but the timing of your meals make a difference too. First, eat around the same times every day so your brain recognizes the pattern. Second, eat an early, light dinner. Late meals and late-night snacks have been shown to reduce sleep quality.
Jitters are normal, but they still shouldn’t interfere with your sleep. With the right preparation, you’ll be set for a good night’s rest and less stress as your wedding day approaches.