wedding beauty sleep tips
Menus, guest lists, seating arrangements – the details of wedding planning are enough to leave even an organized couple sleepless. But, you need that sleep, a full seven to nine hours, in fact, to look and feel your best. We have a few tips to help you get the rest you need despite wedding jitters and stress.
go to bed early
It may be tempting to check your guest list or gift registry one more time before going to bed. And, there are hundreds of other reasons you may stay up late and not all of them are wedding related. However, going to bed late doesn't give your body the time it needs to recover and recuperate from a day’s worth of activity.
Decide on a reasonable bedtime then stick to it. Consistency establishes and supports your body's natural circadian rhythms, which control your sleep cycle. You might have to call it a night before the party's over or commit to watching one less episode of your favorite Netflix crush. But the extra hour(s) of sleep will show. After all, sleep reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and improves the skin’s healing ability.
The physical and emotional benefits of meditation will help you get better sleep, leaving you with a healthy glow. Methods like mindfulness meditation train your mind to stay in the present moment, away from thoughts of a certain stressful future event. With practice, this ability to stay in the present causes a drop in heart rate and blood pressure, both of which can help you fall asleep faster. The best part—you can do meditation while lying in bed.
Sometimes stress manifests itself as muscle tension and fatigue. If that’s you, yoga could be the perfect addition to your ‘beauty’ routine. Yoga has been shown to reduce stress-related inflammation while improving mood and increasing energy. While you don’t want an energy burst before bed, poses that stretch tight muscles and use deep breathing might be just what you need before hitting the pillow. There are even yoga poses you can do while in bed to lull yourself to sleep.
Heavy, high-fat meals do not encourage good sleep. Try to keep your dinner light and eat it early in the evening. If hunger pains keep you awake, try snacking on foods that support sleep. Dairy products like yogurt, cheese, and milk have the calcium that contributes to the production of the primary sleep hormone melatonin. Munch on nuts like almonds and walnuts that, like dairy products, contain nutrients that are eventually used to make sleep hormones. For a natural source of melatonin, try sour cherries.
If you really want your beauty sleep, everything about your bedroom should support your slumber, starting with:
Blackout curtains, heavy drapes, or a therapeutic sleep mask to keep out light (sunlight suppresses sleep hormones)
A room temperature between 60 to 68 degrees to maintain a lower body temperature
As little sound as possible
Preparing for a wedding might be stressful, but you can keep that stress in check by making sleep a priority. Your emotions will be less chaotic, your thinking will be clear, and your beauty will radiate from the inside out. Better sleep will help you look and feel your best so you can enjoy the fruits of your months of planning. More importantly, you can enjoy the beginning of a new life with your best friend. XO, Bliss