Worried you won’t be able to sleep before your wedding day and not look your best? Fret not, Dr Guy Meadows, founder of The Sleep School, shares his expert tips for a slumber that will give Sleeping Beauty a run for her money.
1. Don’t fight sleep
No one ever struggled their way into a great night’s sleep and you shouldn’t either. Sleep is a natural biological process that is out of your control and the best thing you can do is to trust in your bodies ability to sleep and it will come.
2. Take time out
In the final days before your wedding it’s easy for your mind to start racing, with everything you have left to do. Whilst it’s easy to get caught up in this mind state, it does help you to sleep. Taking a few minutes out to do something relaxing such as having a cup of tea, do a few stretches or go for a short walk, can be a helpful way to calm your mind.
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3. Light up your day
Exposing yourself to sunlight plays a powerful role in synchronising your body clock and therefore boosting the quality of your night time sleep. The sunlight in the morning is best, so on the day before your wedding make time to get outside for at east 10 mins to ensure that you sleep well that night.
4. Get physical
Exercise is scientifically proven to speed up the time taken to fall to sleep and increase the depth of sleep. Increase your chances of a good night’s sleep by going for a brisk walk or run on the day before your wedding.
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5. Get your beauty sleep
When the body enters deep sleep it triggers the release of growth hormone essential for repairing damaged cell including those of the skin. A recent study by Bensons for Bed found that 5 days of mild sleep restriction (8 hours to 6 hours per night) increased the presence of spots, wrinkles and redness, highlighting that sleep is important to maintain youthful looking skin. Sleep yourself beautiful before your wedding by making time for sleep.
6. Wind down
Winding down is essential for signalling to your brain that sleep is on its way. Allow at least 40 minutes to gently get ready for bed and including peaceful activities such as having a warm bath, enjoy a herbal tea or reading your favourite book. Dimming the lights will also help to trigger the release of the sleep promoting hormone melatonin, to ensure that you fall to sleep as soon as your head hits the pillow.
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7. Be mindful
If you wake in the night with a racing mind, choose to be a little mindful.
Mindfulness helps to ground you in the present moment by noticing things objectively and without judgment. You can do it by simply noticing the touch of your pillow on your face or the movement of your breath. If your mind wanders off, gently return it back to what you were observing in that moment.
8. Stay in bed
If you wake in the night before your big day, choose to stay in bed and rest. Whilst it can be tempting to get up and start doing things, the extra rest will give you the energy to keep going for your big day ahead.
Dr Guy Meadows has teamed up with the UK’s favourite bed specialists, Bensons for Beds, to offer tips and advice to help the nation sleep better, naturally.