**Guest Post, provided by sleephelp.org
What to Do if You Can’t Sleep Before Your Wedding
Do you have the wedding jitters? It’s not uncommon to feel nervous before your big day, even when you’re totally in love and absolutely sure that the person you’re marrying is the best choice for you. Stress can manifest itself in many ways. It can change your appetite, make you grouchy or irritable, and make it hard for you to sleep.
If you’re struggling to get enough rest, that can make everything feel even more stressful. Instead of worrying about it, though, there are some things you can do to be sure you’re getting enough sleep.
Get Some Exercise
When you exercise, your body releases endorphins. These are feel-good chemicals that help calm the part of your brain that wants to stress out about everything. Exercise can lower your stress and your anxiety to more manageable levels, so you can make the decisions you need to make without worrying or losing sleep over them.
Exercise helps most when it’s something you do routinely. Sure, one sweat session might help you feel a little better, but you’ll reap even more benefits if you exercise several times a week. Even walking for 30 minutes every day can help!
Watch What You Eat and Drink
Make sure that you are eating and drinking well. A healthy diet means eating balanced meals with plenty of protein and enough complex carbohydrates to satisfy your hunger. If you eat too much, you’ll struggle to fall asleep. If you don’t eat enough, you may not be able to stay asleep.
Try to avoid alcohol, as this can also mess with your sleep patterns. Not drinking can be challenging in the days leading up to your wedding, due to all the celebrations, but it will pay off when you sleep better. Similarly, drink as little caffeine as possible. When you are already anxious and stressed, this can push you even farther, making the stress feel overwhelming instead of like something you can handle.
Learn to Relax
Relaxing isn’t something that some of us know how to do naturally. Instead, we stay on high alert all the time, getting more and more stressed and tired until we burn ourselves out or have a meltdown. However, even the most stressed-out among us can learn how to relax.
Meditation is a great way to calm the brain. When you meditate, choose a short period, like 5 or 10 minutes, to start. Focus on the present, on your breath or on something in the room with you. Whenever your mind wanders, redirect it to the object of your focus. Keep doing this until the time is up.
Make it easier for your body to relax at night by having a comfortable mattress. Many people find memory foam easy to sink into, but you should choose whatever works best for you.
Don’t let sleep deprivation ruin your wedding. Follow these tips, and you’ll get all the rest you need to enjoy every moment of your big day.