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9 ways to become a morning person

You don't want to suffer from a bad night's sleep the day before your wedding. Try these handy tips and you might just wake up before the alarm goes off...

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There’s plenty to keep you occupied on the morning of your nuptials, so you’ll want to avoid feeling sleepy and risk a yawn in the middle of the ceremony. Incorporate the following into your daily routine for a good night’s sleep…

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Avoid chocolate, coffee and red wine in the evening hours. These foods have been known to disturb sleep patterns and digestive tracts.

Have an early dinner. Make sure dinnertime meals are finished before 7pm or at least three hours before bedtime.

Establish a sleep cycle. It’s important to notice when the body starts to get tired and be able to adjust.

Keep the lights off. Rays of light from hall lights, bathroom lights or even televisions can disturb a natural sleep pattern.

Relax. Turning the mind off at night is an important component for a quality night’s sleep. Why not try yoga or meditation to help you switch off after an action-packed day?

Exercise in the morning. Exercising at night can release endorphins that could keep the body awake for longer. Releasing these endorphins in the morning or during the day can help give the body more energy when it’s needed most.

Have a night-time routine. Once a more concrete sleep cycle has been established, following a nightly routine can help prepare the body for rest.

Read a book. Watching TV in bed can sometimes stimulate the mind, so choose something that will wear the mind out, like reading.

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Close your eyes. Sometimes the first step to falling asleep is just closing your eyes and allowing yourself to rest.