Your wedding day is almost upon you. You are so close to getting married to the love of your life, and that is so exciting! It’s so exciting, in fact, that many soon-to-be-wedded people have a lot of trouble sleeping the night before. Your wedding day is going to be chaotic at best, so you want to make sure that you're well rested. Being sleep deprived on your wedding day will not only make little stresses harder to deal with, but it can also make it harder to feel pretty. Luckily, there are some habits that you can develop to prepare for better sleep.
Exercise will help your body to be just as tired out as you are likely to be emotionally after your rehearsal dinner. If you can set aside some time to go for a walk during the day or to do some weight lifting, it can help you to get to sleep when you want to.
If you want to take some time and calm down after the excitement of your rehearsal dinner and seeing your friends and family, you may want to try some yoga.
Yoga will help you stretch your muscles and also help you focus on falling asleep, rather than going through your day in your head. Poses can be done in as little as 10 minutes, but experts recommend at least 30 minutes of a “buffer period” to separate your wedding stuff from your actual bedtime routine. You can light a candle with a scent that you love to help you focus and calm down from your busy day. Scents like lavender and chamomile have been found to be incredibly calming, so keep that in mind.
While you’re doing yoga, you might want to try meditating on things that you’re excited about for the next day - like the way the love of your life will look at you as you walk down the aisle in that once-in-a-lifetime dress, or the reasons you’re excited to marry them.
You may prefer to do your drinking at brunch, instead of at dinner. You’ll want to keep your coffee drinking to the morning and early afternoon whenever possible. Caffeine stays in your system for about six hours, which means that a late afternoon coffee can disrupt your sleep at night.
The same goes for alcohol which can stay in your system for about four hours. If you're going to have a drink at the rehearsal dinner, keep it to a single glass and drink plenty of water alongside it. Alcohol may make you feel sleepy when you drink it, but it will also make you wake up more often in the middle of the night as your body processes it.
Most of all, make sure that you spend some time on yourself the night before your wedding. Tomorrow is all about you and your soon-to-be spouse, and you should both make sure that you feel great about yourselves and your decision to get hitched.