The cake, the flowers, the dress – there are so many iconic symbols involved in wedding planning as you create your wedding. Even with the help of a wedding planner, you can find yourself losing sleep because of wedding stress. However, when you’re preparing for a big event, you need adequate sleep more than ever. With a few simple habit changes, you can gjournals.lww.com/psychosomaticmedicine/Abstract/2010/02000/Stress,_Inflammation,_and_Yoga_Practice.2.aspxet the rest you need so you can look and feel your best.
The Effects of Sleep Deprivation
Sleep deprivation comes into play any time you get less than seven hours of sleep. Wedding-related stress can certainly cause more than one sleepless nights. The more sleep you lose, the more pronounced its effects, which can include:
- Emotional Instability: Without enough sleep, the area of the brain that processes emotions become overactive and sensitive to anything negative. Activity goes down in the part of the brain that normally applies logic and reasoning to your emotions. The combined effect is overly emotional responses, which increases stress. Unfortunately, as stress increases so does sleep deprivation.
- Appetite Changes:
- Sleep deprivation causes an increase in hunger hormones and a decrease in satiety hormones. You'll also experience intensified cravings for high fat, sugary foods with low nutritional value.
- Physical Aging: Sleep deprivation causes people to appear less healthy, and, surprise, they look more tired. Sleep has been shown to decrease the effects of aging such as fine lines and wrinkles.
How to Sleep Better Despite Wedding Stress.
Stress is a part of life, and there are times when you're going to have more of it than others like when you're preparing for a wedding. But if you keep sleep at the top of your priority list and spend a little time every day relieving stress, you'll be able to manage whatever comes your way.
Make Your Bedroom a Home Retreat
The bedroom needs to be your escape from the outside world. Move your home office or gym equipment to another location so your mind and body can fully relax in this one space. At night, create a sleep supportive atmosphere by blocking out as much light as possible. Try using a table fan or space heater to keep the temperature comfort during various times of the year.
Use Your Bedtime Routine to Reduce Stress
If you don't already have a bedtime routine, now is the time to start. A routine helps the brain recognize when to start the release of sleep hormones. It's also the perfect time to relieve stress before going to bed.
Try meditation or yoga both of which have been shown to reduce stress. Consistent meditation has even been linked to better emotional control. Of course, you can always include traditional favorites like reading a book or listening to quiet music.
Keep a Consistent BedtimeYour body thrives off of predictability. A consistent bedtime helps your brain anticipate the release of sleep hormones so that you feel sleepy at the same time every night. As you respond appropriately to your sleep hormones, you further strengthen your sleep-wake cycle.
Your wedding is a joyous event, and you don't want a lack of sleep to get in the way of your wedding bliss. As you make time for sleep, you're giving yourself the ability to fully enjoy this special time as you prepare to start a new chapter in your life.
Stacey L. Nash is a Seattle area writer for Tuck.com whose insomnia led her to research all aspects of sleep. With a degree in communications from the University of Puget Sound, she helps put sleep into the forefront of the health and wellness conversation. When not researching and writing about sleep, she spends time with her husband and four children on their heavily-wooded, twelve-acre piece of heaven.