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How to Sleep When You’re Dealing With Pre Wedding Jitters

How to Sleep When You’re Dealing With Pre Wedding Jitters

Written By: Sara Westgreen of Tuck.

It’s normal to feel anxious or nervous in the days leading up to your wedding. But even though it’s normal, nerves can make it difficult to sleep well. And when you’re short on sleep, you’re not at your best. Your mood, memory and concentration suffer, you feel fatigued, and you miss out on beauty sleep.

If you’re able to manage the type of pre wedding jitters that can keep you up at night, you can relieve stress and get the sleep you need before your big day. Plan ahead, make smart food and drink choices, and practice relieving exercises to shake off the jitters and get some rest.

  • Delegate. The work of weddings is often overwhelming, with seemingly infinite details to plan, coordinate, and put into motion. If you’re trying to handle it all yourself, there’s an excellent chance you’ll be plagued by anxious thoughts as you’re trying to sleep — like realizing just before bed that you forgot to make a final payment, or you didn’t work your first dance into the schedule with the DJ. It can be very helpful to ask for support. A wedding planner can take ownership of the important details, managing your event as you plan it and coordinating on the day of. If you’re planning lots of DIY projects, don’t try to take them all on yourself. Ask friends and family to pitch in, and make it fun by doing projects together.

  • Don’t let self care slip. You may be busy as your wedding day approaches, but you have to make time for managing your physical and mental health. Stay on top of your exercise routine, even if you’re not worried about looking better in your dress. Getting physical activity can help you relieve stress and sleep better. However, be careful not to do any intense exercise just before bed, as it can make you feel too energized to sleep well.

  • Make healthy food choices. Again, even if you’re not on a diet, healthy food choices are still important. Healthy foods are typically considered best for getting good sleep at night, while junk food that’s overly fatty or full of sugar can interfere with good sleep. It’s also a good idea to avoid caffeine after 3 p.m., and even though alcohol can help you get to sleep, it can lower the quality of your sleep and is best avoided before bed.

  • Make your bedtime routine relaxing. Slowing down and relaxing just before bed can help you clear your mind and get better sleep. If you’re having trouble letting go of wedding thoughts — like a running to do list nagging you — keep a journal next to your bed where you can write down thoughts as they pop up so you can let them go and deal with them later. Consider practicing yoga, meditation, or deep breathing, which can relieve stress and help you calm down, especially before bed.

  • Get help for serious sleep issues. Sometimes, sleep issues are more serious than just pre wedding jitters. Chronic trouble with sleep could indicate a larger problem, such as insomnia or sleep apnea. If you regularly struggle to sleep well at night, or your daytime activities are impacted by your inability to sleep, talk to your doctor about diagnosis and treatment options so you can sleep better. Sleep disorders can be serious conditions, but treatment options like CPAP machines can help.

Many brides deal with pre wedding jitters, but when jitters become serious enough to keep you up at night, you have to take action. Focus on relaxation, getting help, and staying healthy so you can get the sleep you need to feel and look your best on your wedding day.

About the Writer:

 Sara Westgreen is a researcher for the sleep science hub She sleeps on a king size bed in Texas, where she defends her territory against cats all night. A mother of three, she enjoys beer, board games, and getting as much sleep as she can get her hands on.