What to do the Night Before the Wedding
Ever heard of the night before wedding traditions? These are just a few things you should do before the big day to ensure you get some sleep.
There’s so much to think about the week, day, and hours before your wedding. You may find yourself struggling to calm your nerves and slow your mind at bedtime.
What you should not do is stress the night before the wedding.
Instead, you need sleep to look and feel your best and maintain your physical, mental, and emotional health. Thankfully, your sleep patterns are highly responsive to your habits and behaviors.
There’s a lot you can do to improve your chances of getting a good night’s rest the night before the wedding.
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Follow these night before wedding traditions to ensure you have the best day ever.
An Early Wedding Rehearsal Dinner
As you’re planning your wedding, keep in mind that you’ll need sleep if you’re going to keep up with a busy schedule.
Make a commitment to your bedtime and end any pre-wedding festivities with enough time for you to get at least seven to nine hours of sleep each night.
That includes the rehearsal dinner.
Consider planning an early dinner that starts in the late afternoon or early evening. You can greet each of your guests and still have time to unwind and get a good night’s rest the night before your wedding.
Build a Bedtime Routine Weeks in Advance
Your bedtime routine is key to relaxing yourself in times of high stress.
However, to do so, your bedtime routine needs to be just that – a routine your body relies on.
That means it should be in place long before the week of your wedding.
Your routine doesn’t have to be complicated.
In fact, it can be as simple as checking your windows and locking your doors before you put on your pajamas and brush your teeth.
The key is to start the routine at the same time and perform each activity in the same order so that your brain recognizes when to start the sleep cycle.
Calm Your Mind
Your mind may be full of last-minute wedding details and concerns.
Meditation has been shown to relax the mind and body enough to slow the heart rate and reduce blood pressure.
It can also help stabilize moods and emotions. The more you practice, the more effective you’ll be so this is one to start a few weeks before your wedding.
But, if you try it for the first time the week of your wedding, you’ll still see some benefits.
If stress manifests itself physically, yoga is another mind-calming option. Certain methods use meditative breathing to help bring down the heart rate in conjunction with poses that stretch tight muscles.
Be sure to stick to calming poses, especially if you’ll be doing them before bedtime.
Comfort Your Body
Physical comfort plays a big role in your ability to fall and stay asleep.
If your mattress has peaks and valleys, it might be time for a pre-wedding upgrade. Keep in mind that most people sleep comfortably on a medium-firm mattress, but your choice will depend on your weight and preferred sleep position.
You can also help by creating the right sleep conditions in your bedroom. Keep the room as dark as possible, turn down the thermostat, and block out all sound.
If loud neighbors or passing cars plague you, a white noise app or machine can help.
The last few days before your wedding are an exciting time, but all that excitement doesn’t need to get in the way of good sleep.
You may have a few jitters, but if you’ve got a solid plan for how you’ll get the rest you need, those jitters won’t get the best of you.
Take a deep breath and enjoy this special time before your new life begins.
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