Jessica CiofroneComment

Pre-Wedding Day Jitters

Jessica CiofroneComment
Pre-Wedding Day Jitters


We’ve teamed up with Tuck Sleep to bring awareness to how sleep affects us all, especially during times of stress, such as wedding planning. There are positive stressors and negative stressors, and obviously a great deal of decision making. you will find yourself with a ton of things to remember and countless to-do lists. Often times brides forget to savor the moment of engagement, because they are crazed with all of the above. I’m sure we can all agree this time flies by. All the anticipation leading up to the big day, and just like that it’s over. {insert sigh here} 


Sleep deprivation will absolutely prevent you from making the most of your time and really being present in your every day. Mentally and physically we cannot give our best to anything unless we are getting the right amount of sleep. I’m pretty sure that’s why Jennifer Lopez always says she needs to get a certain amount of sleep each night! I think her life speaks for itself. When you take great care of yourself, you can be unstoppable. I know for myself, I have to cram a lot into my day juggling 2 businesses, a family and a home. A couple sleepless nights seems to create a domino effect. Suddenly I feel like I can’t think clearly, I question my decisions and I am less patient. Also, the worse my sleep routine, the more I find myself laying in bed with a million things on my mind, just tossing and turning.  Ultimately it will effect my relationships and work. Overall I enjoy my life, my work, look and feel a lot better when I am rested. There are ways that you can consciously prepare yourself for better sleep. Read on for some great tips and insight from the team over at Tucks Sleep to see how to sleep when you’re dealing with pre-wedding jitters! 

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What to Do When Stress Keeps You Awake Before Your Wedding

You knew it was coming. The wedding stress that’s been building since you said “yes” has finally caught up with you. And what happens, or in this case, doesn’t happen? Sleep. But you need to sleep now more than ever as you’re not only trying to look your best but navigate family, guest lists, and planning the biggest day of your life. If stress is keeping you awake, we’ve got some simple ways to bring your stress levels down and help you get a good night’s rest.

Stress Brings Lack of Sleep and More Stress

Let's take a quick look at how stress begets more sleep loss and contributes to more stress. When you get less than seven hours of sleep, the area of the brain responsible for processing emotions becomes oversensitive with bigger reactions to negative thoughts and feelings. At the same time, the area of the brain that normally keeps emotions in check by applying logic and reason slows down and becomes less active. Consequently, you’re left with negative emotions ruling your thoughts and actions. Adequate sleep is a key player in managing your stress levels as you’re preparing for your big day. If you make time for activities that keep your stress levels under control, you’ll able to get the rest you need.

Keep Exercising

Exercise has incredible restorative powers. The consequent release of endorphins boosts mood, acts as a natural pain reliever, and relieves tension and stress from your body. The exercise you choose doesn’t need to be strenuous to reduce stress. For example, yoga, which can either be used to invigorate or relax, is easy on the joints and has been shown to reduce stress-related inflammation. Run, walk, bike, or swim, for a good 20 to 30 minutes a day will not only reduce stress but also tire your body so you’re better prepared to sleep at night.

Head Outside

The sunlight that reaches the Earth’s surface falls on the blue spectrum. Your eyes have special photoreceptors that absorb this blue light and send direct signals to the area of the brain that controls the release of sleep hormones. When blue light levels are high (morning and early afternoon), sleep hormone levels stay low. As the light begins to fade, those sleep hormones start to filter their way through until the brain signals their full release near your bedtime. Consequently, exposure to sunlight naturally regulates your sleep cycle.

Run Through Your Checklist

Another way to reduce your stress is to have a regular sleep schedule that includes checking off normal security measures. Once you lay down for bed, you don’t want to start wondering if you locked the front door or turned off the stove. Check windows and doors on your way to the bedroom. Weeks before your wedding, check that your security system is functioning properly and include arming it in your nightly routine. You’ll sleep better knowing you’re secure.

Slow Down and Meditate

You may feel like you’re running faster than ever to keep up with the tasks and errands that come with planning a big event. However, 30 to 60 minutes before bedtime, slow down and give yourself time to relax. Your bedtime routine is your personal time to keep stress at bay. If you’re having a hard time relaxing, consider adding 10 to 15 minutes of meditation to your routine. It’s been shown to reduce stress by decreasing heart rate and blood pressure. It also trains the mind to stay in the present moment rather than on a stressful future event.

Conclusion

As you manage stress daily, you’ll be able to enjoy your pre-wedding time and use it to grow closer to your fiance. You might have to experiment to find the right combination of daytime activities that help you sleep and a nighttime routine that reduces stress, but the time and effort are worth it.

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