You’ve counted down the months, then the weeks and now you and your husband-to-be find yourself in the single digits. It’s the culmination of months of planning to make a dream day come true, and while it is exciting it can also be nerve wracking. The best thing you can do for yourself in the upcoming days before the wedding is to focus on your sleep. The better you sleep, the better you’ll be able to handle any hiccups that come your way. You’ll also need less concealer and feel more rested, which means you will be able to enjoy all the festivities. Here are some tips to getting your best sleep before you say ‘I Do’:
The week before:
- Go to bed at a set-time
You’ve been at it for months, and the late nights planning and bridal parties are catching up. Make a point of going to bed at a set time this week, set your alarm and put your phone on silent. A lack of sleep can cause you to be clumsy and we’re pretty sure that a cast and bruises is not your idea of something new or something blue.
- Start winding down
A relaxing bed-time routine can help you wind down as it signals the brain that it’s time for bed. Take a long bath or shower, listen to relaxing music, a podcast or start writing. Yes, writing in a diary is not only for angsty teenagers, many mental health care professionals recommend writing in a diary, or journaling as it is known today, to help calm an anxious mind.
- Flip the mattress
If your mattress is not giving you enough support, then there’s probably no time to buy a new one the week before the wedding. In the meantime, the experts at The Bed Shop, South Africa’s largest independent bed retailer, suggests rotating the mattress. Chances are that you haven’t rotated your mattress in a while, the new ‘refreshed’ side will offer you better support and better sleep in the mean time.
Tip: If you’re on your honeymoon and find the bed you’re sleeping on extra comfortable, take a peek at the type of mattress they have and once you’re back at home you can pop into The Bed Shop where they’ll be able to find you a similar fit or custom make it for you.
The night before
- Slip on something silky
Satin pillow cases are an insider secret to better skin and hair. If you’re not sleeping in your own bed the night before, pack a clean silk pillowcase and put it over your hotel or B&B cushion. You’ll wake up with creaseless skin and shiny hair, ready for the big day.
- Time for tea
Chugging caffeine the day before is not doing anyone a favour. Bouncing around like a hyped up two-year old way past her bed time, will impact the way you look and feel on your wedding day. Not to mention that it can dehydrate you. Instead sip on green tea throughout the day and chamomile tea before you go to bed.
- Make a list
Every bride will tell you that there were things that just didn’t go according to plan and despite these things, it was still a beautiful and memorable day. Don’t let the tiny things that nobody will even notice keep you up. If there’s something that’s keeping you awake, write it down on a piece of paper and hand it to your maid of honour to take care of the next day.