Being a bride is one of the most exciting and heartwarming days of a person’s life, from ‘will you marry me?’, to the days in the run up when sheer panic hits. Let’s be honest – the night before your wedding day you’re not going to be getting much sleep, but as we know beauty sleep is not a myth and no one wants tired eyes on such a memorable day.
Silentnight’s sleep expert, Dr Nerina Ramlakhan, says: “Getting married is such an important and significant time in someone’s life, but it can bring with it a level of stress, which consequently can lead to a lack of sleep.
She added: “Although a lot of emphasis is put on the night before the wedding day, maintaining a good lifestyle in the weeks before can be key to feeling refreshed and ready to say ‘I do’.”
Dr Nerina, a physiologist, sleep therapist, author and consultant for more than 20 years, has shared her five top lifestyle habits to help you sleep in the weeks before your wedding day:
- Eat healthily – especially breakfast
To help us sleep as well as possible, especially during times of stress, we need a good balance of the hormones serotonin and melatonin in our system. Eating foods such as chicken, cheese, tofu eggs, nuts, seeds and milk, will help to boost these hormone levels. Eating breakfast within 30 minutes of rising stabilises metabolism, blood sugar and melatonin production.
- Stay well hydrated
When muscles don’t have adequate levels of fluid the electrolytes shrivel, causing the muscles to not work as well. Drinking plenty of water prevents this and water retention, keeping the body cleansed therefore preventing puffy eyes.
- Reduce caffeine and alcohol consumption
Caffeine and refined sugars, which are found in alcohol, are stimulants and make it difficult to not only sleep, but to experience high quality sleep. Although many think alcohol helps them to drift off, it actually disrupts sleep and is associated with more frequent awakenings and night sweats.
- Exercise regularly
Whether it be a visit to the gym or taking the stairs instead of the lift, exercise is scientifically proven to make you feel more awake during the day and give you a better night’s sleep in the evening. Regular exercise is one of the most effective ways of reducing stress hormone levels, mainly adrenaline, enabling you to sleep more deeply.
- Try getting an early night
Going to bed by 10 – 10.30pm a few nights a week is good for the immune system, thus clearing toxins from the body. Getting into a routine, by waking and going to sleep at the same time every day, improves sleep quality and increases the chances of a great sleep the night before your wedding.
We also have tips for the final sleep before the big day:
- Hopefully if you have followed the above you should be feeling well rested and in a good routine with your sleep. The main thing to remember the night before your wedding if to try and not worry about getting a good sleep. Focus on resting well and even if you don’t manage to sleep well that night it won’t have any significant impact on how you look if you have slept well in the run up.
- If you do wake in the night don’t check the time. Simply breathe deeply into your belly, place your left hand on your chest, right hand on your stomach, and think positive thoughts. Think of all the things you’re looking forward to the next day, let go and trust all will go well.
For more sleep tips from expert, Dr Nerina, visit Silentnight Sleep Toolkit: http://www.silentnight.co.uk/sleep-matters/dr-nerinas-sleep-toolkit/#22662