Getting good sleep is super important and often times difficult surrounding stressful situations like getting married. So we have teamed up with Tuck to share some the best ways to make sure you get your beauty sleep before your big day!
The months before your wedding are truly a unique time in your life. It's a time full of fun and excitement because you're opening a new chapter with someone you love. But, it comes with some serious stress. The invitations, seating chart, flowers, food, and travel arrangements can make you feel like you're drowning in a sea of wedding details. Unfortunately, stress causes sleeplessness, which in turn creates more stress. Before you know it, you’ve turned into the bridezilla you vowed you’d never be. However, there are plenty of ways to improve the depth and number of hours you sleep.
The Stress-Sleep Deprivation Cycle
To give you a brief overview of what happens when you're under chronic stress, let’s take a look at how stress and sleep deprivation affect one another. First of all, stress can make it hard to sleep. You're probably no stranger to tossing and turning when you've got a lot on your mind. However, once you start getting less than seven hours of sleep, you enter a state of sleep deprivation
When you're sleep deprived, your brain’s emotional center becomes oversensitive to negative thoughts, feelings, and events. While your emotions are intensifying, the brain's logic center becomes less active, which means you're more susceptible to overly emotional reactions. As you can imagine, once stress causes you to lose sleep, your stress levels continue to rise, which further disrupts your sleep.
To counteract these effects, you'll have to be proactive about managing stress while developing healthy sleep habits.
How to Manage Stress and Get Better Sleep
Stress is a natural part of life, and you won't be able to get rid of all of it. But you can manage it so that it doesn't rob you of your wedding joy. We suggest:
Making Your Bedroom a Sleep Refuge: The bedroom should only be used for two purposes – sleep and sex. It also needs to be a calming place where you leave stress outside the door. That may mean moving your home office or gym to another area of your home. Try to create a sleep supportive atmosphere by blocking out all light at night, reducing the temperature to a cool 60 to 68 degrees, and taking measures to reduce noise.
Developing a Stress-Reducing Bedtime Routine: Here's the part where you address wedding stress. In your routine, include specific activities to manage stress like meditation and/or yoga.
Meditation has been shown to strengthen the connection between the brain’s emotional processing center and its logic center. The more logic you can apply to your emotions the less emotional you'll be. Meditation also helps you focus on the present moment rather than worrying about a certain future date.
Sometimes stress can manifest itself as sore, achy muscles. Yoga addresses stress-related inflammation while improving your mood and energy levels.
Make Time for Adequate Sleep: You need at least seven to nine hours of sleep every night. Turn off your phone, put the laptop away at a reasonable hour, and be consistent about your bedtime so that you have enough time to get all seven hours in.
Eat Healthy, Regularly Spaced Meals: When you're busy planning a wedding, it can be easy to rely on a vending machine or fast food for all your meals. However high-fat, low fiber foods can lower the quality of your sleep and may cause indigestion. Healthy meals that are regularly spaced throughout the day keep you fueled and help your body recognize when to start the release of sleep hormones.
While stress is a natural part of wedding planning, it shouldn't overtake your life so you don't enjoy the process. As you make time for sleep, your making time for you and your fiancé to grow closer together as you prepare for the biggest day of your life.
Photography - Anthony Ziccardi Studios
Planning - Pollyanna Events
Catering - JPO Concepts
DJ - DJ June
Flowers - Lucys Flower Designs
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Hair - Mellissa Ann NY
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Venue - 26 Bridge