With engagement announcements blowing like confetti through our Facebook feeds, and wedding bells ringing throughout the land, there can be no doubting that wedding season is now in full swing! Whether you’re newly-engaged or on the home straight heading towards the aisle, every bride and groom can benefit from getting comfortable and enjoying a good night’s sleep in the run up to the Big Day. Here’s our Sleep Experts’ top tips on how to do just that…
One year Before Your Wedding – Save yourself the trouble of endless nights of tossing and turning by making all the key decisions early on. Speak to your partner and family about a budget that’s affordable for you – seeking appropriate financial advice if you decide to loan any additional funds. Following that it’s a case of ‘people first, then the venue’ advises Elizabeth Clayton. Decide how many guests you would like to invite and then choose a venue that can comfortably accommodate them. This will also set the overall tone of your wedding day – laid back, quirky, cool or traditional – influencing choices from your dress and transport, to flowers and table arrangements.
Nine Months Before Your Wedding – Answer these questions to choose your honeymoon destination: How much can you afford to spend? How much time can you take off work? When should you go? What kind of honeymoon do you want to have? Once you have made your choice and are ready to book, look at what extras your hosts offer to make your bedroom a honeymooner’s paradise. Think four-poster beds, scattered rose petals and champagne on ice…
Six Months Before Your Wedding – Learn to manage your mounting wedding-related stress levels healthily by committing to move more, more often and building regular physical activity into your daily routine. A gentle yoga routine before bedtime is great way to end the day – calming the nerves and preparing your body and mind for a good night’s sleep.
Three Months Before Your Wedding – Send out your wedding invitations, enclosing your gift registry. The gift of a good night’s sleep is one any newlywed can enjoy – especially after a year of hectic preparations. Modern etiquette dictates that it’s now acceptable to request money if people wish to give you a gift, which you can save up to invest in a new marital bed.
Go with your fiancé to choose your new mattress and base – trying them out to find just the right level of tension for you. Place your order in advance, leaving an appropriate lead time to ensure you’re at home and ready to take delivery of it. (Alternatively, why not surprise your new husband or wife with a new bed to return to from honeymoon?) For guests on a budget, other options to add to your gift registry include bedding, such as gorgeously comfortably pillows and duvets.
Two Months Before Your Wedding – Have your hen or stag party one to two months before your Big Day, leaving plenty of time for the after-effects of any wild party nights to leave your body, so you can look and feel at your healthiest best.
One Month Before Your Wedding – With your wedding just four weeks away, don’t get sucked into the trap of spending late nights on your mobile phone making last-minute arrangements. The glow from your screen will impact on your body clock, making it harder for you to achieve the deep levels of restorative sleep you need. Instead, set time aside first-thing in the morning to work through your notifications and emails to face the day with a clear head.
One Week Before Your Wedding – Pack a bag for your wedding night and ask someone to deliver it to the hotel where you will be staying. Set time aside to confirm all the details of your special day with the companies you’re trusting to make everything happen for you! Doing so will keep your night-time stress levels from peaking.
The Night Before Your Wedding – Drink as little alcohol as possible. As soon as the alcohol starts to wear off, you will come out of your initial deep sleep into Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep which is much easier to wake up from. In a typical night you will have six or seven cycles of REM sleep versus only one or two if you’ve been drinking, leaving you feeling exhausted – reports Drink Aware.
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