Bridal Insomnia

Months of planning and preparing have led you to your big day! So now it’s finally the night before your wedding, and although everything is ready to go, you’re finding it nearly impossible to fall asleep.

First of all, don’t panic! Unfortunately, beauty sleep escapes most brides—and not only on the night before the wedding, but also the week leading up to it.

In a quest to wake up on the right side of the bed for your big day, here are a few tips on how to calm those pre-wedding jitters and fall asleep.

Breathe

One of the easiest things you can do while lying down is breathe. The 4-7-8 technique is a quite popular method of pacing your breathing for bedtime. However, there are many deep breathing techniques out there claiming to help you get to sleep quickly. If you have insomnia regularly, try out a couple of different options to find what works for you before you find yourself restless on the night before your wedding! 

I also like to use these meditation apps, both for insomnia and for any other times of anxiety or stress:

Calm: Meditation to Relax, Focus & Sleep Better

Mind Journey – Meditation & Mindfulness Suite

Make a list

Believe it or not, the night before I am due to capture a wedding, I also have trouble sleeping. I now make it part of my pre-wedding routine to make a list of everything I need to do for my clients. I simply keep a notepad next to my bed, and then before I try to fall asleep, I unload all of my thoughts to clear my head.

Whether it’s items to remember, phone calls to make, or just thoughts that won’t let your mind rest, just write it all down so that your brain isn’t running a million miles per hour while you’re trying to fall asleep! I personally refrain from using my phone for these notes, as the light from electronic devices tends to keep us awake.

Do Not Disturb

Speaking of your phone, if you don’t want to turn it off completely the night before your wedding, turn on “Do Not Disturb” mode before bed and just turn it back off when you wake up. It won’t stop any of your alarms from going off, but it will stop you from being woken up by random 3AM spam mail!

Bath & natural sleeping aids

While a lot of people will recommend having a glass (or more) of wine to calm down, alcohol doesn’t always ensure restful sleep. Instead, try having a warm, relaxing bath with lavender scented oils or bath salts and a cup of chamomile tea (hot or iced!). If you’re not one for sleeping pills or melatonin supplements, there are also some non-addictive herbal solutions such as SomaLunex or valerian root.

Sweet dreams!

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