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Mandy Kloppers

Bed to Wed: How to Sleep the Night Before Your Wedding Day

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According to recent data, the main cause of bad sleep for many Brits is stress and anxiety. And with the run-up to your wedding causing these feelings to surface, it is no wonder you might be struggling to get some much-needed dozing before your “I do’s”.

Paul Muersan at Lake District Country Hotels, says: “A wedding day requires a lot of energy. So, ensuring you get enough sleep the night before is crucial, but easier said than done. When you want nothing more than to see your partner, finding comfort in your new sleeping arrangement for the night is necessary.”

Debrief the plan

Getting to sleep at night can be difficult when there is a lot on your mind. And with the level of organisation and planning needed for a wedding, you might likely find it difficult to sleep due to the stress.

But ensuring you have everything planned and organised before you head to bed is essential for your sleep!

The day before your wedding can include stress over whether your wedding dress or suit is sorted. Or if your wedding venue is in the Lake District or somewhere that involves distance, you might have worries about transportation the next day or who will be travelling together.

Having some time to debrief with a loved one and run through your plans and timings for the next day can help.

Not only will you know exactly when everything is expected to happen, but you know someone else does, too. So you can sit back and relax a little, knowing everything is taken care of.

How to sleep without your partner

The night before the wedding day can be a dreaded sleeping event for many couples as they follow the tradition of being apart. So, if you’re someone who prefers to be crawling up against your partner rather than star-fishing across your mattress, you might find it difficult to rest without someone there.

To help this, you can sleep with a pet beside you. This will give you the feeling of a full bed and help you sleep better. A change in routine, with something as simple as your partner not being there, can throw your pattern off. Filling this space with something comforting can help.

Or, why not ditch tradition and spend the night together? This can be an intimate moment between you and your partner as you spend your last night unmarried together.

Stay at home

Sleeping well can make the difference between a stressful day ahead and a good one. Bad sleep can lead to a lack of attention, increased stress, and mood swings. So, ensuring you get a full eight hours before your big day is essential.

But for many, sleeping in the wrong bed can actually cause more problems. Your home has all your comforts, so sleeping in your bed could be the solution to spending the night before your wedding day in a deep sleep.

In fact, 44% of people say they find it difficult to sleep in a bed that isn’t their own. So, if you have the choice of spending the night before at home, it might be worth it to help you get some much-needed ZZZs.

Add some luxuries

If you’re stressed, sleeping can become more difficult. And this is a vicious cycle if you’re worried about sleeping. But adding some luxuries into your routine the night before can make you look forward to jumping into bed before being wed!

Try adding silk pyjamas or bedding for the night. Not only will this add a splash of luxuriousness to your evening, but silk is good for your skin and hair – so you can be glowing on the morning of your wedding.

Face masks, hair masks, and moisturisers can also help add a bit of self-care into your pre-wedding night ritual while helping your skin look flawless the next day. For the added sleep benefit, you can add aromatherapy into the mix to smell fresh and feel relaxed.

Be in a routine early

Setting a routine for yourself well ahead of the big day can also help you find some shut-eye even when the excitement starts to build. A good sleep routine can involve winding down before heading to bed, as well as setting dedicated time for you to sleep and wake up.

It can take up to two weeks for a sleep schedule to change gradually. So, if you’re planning an early start on your wedding day, you might want to plan ahead. Getting some sleep a bit earlier than you usually do can help you wake up earlier without compromising sleep time.

This can help you wake up refreshed and ready for your wedding day instead of stressed, worried, and tired.

Sleep is essential for our everyday functioning, and it is even more important on your wedding day. It is a day full of excitement and energy, so making sure you’ve had enough shut-eye the night before can help you go the whole day without worry. But actually, getting to sleep before an exciting event is more difficult than you can imagine.

Planning ahead of time, sorting your sleep schedule, and adding a bit of pampered luxury into your bedtime routine can all help you get to bed before you wed.

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