We have all heard of beauty sleep, but are you getting enough of it? We need to be well-rested to stay healthy, look our best and be full of energy and as we’re recommended to have at least 7 hours of sleep a night it’s important to give your body a break and give it some much needed recovery time. It’s easier said than done however, and we’ve all fallen foul to those extra late nights before an early start but if this is something you’re doing on the regular it may be time to have a rethink, especially in the run up to your big day! Frequent fatigue takes a toll on your body, makes you impatient and will make that last minute to-do list even more stressful so take a look at my top tips to make sure you’re getting a good night’s sleep, every night.
IT’S ALL ABOUT YOUR SURROUNDINGS
I’m a big believer in making your bedroom a little bit indulgent, a sanctuary if you wish, so when you take yourself to bed at the end of the day it’s your little place of zen where you can leave all your stress at the door. For me a big part of that is making my bedroom feel cosy and my way of doing that is mixing textures and muted tones in an attempt to recreate those gorgeous bedrooms we’ve all seen on Pinterest. I can’t relax in a room where there’s too much going on so although the rest of the house may not always be spic-and-span it’s important that the bedroom is calm and relaxing so a bright room with not too much decoration is the way to go for me. If you’re finding yourself struggling to relax at night try taking some bits and bobs out of the bedroom – I used to have lots of ornaments and stuffed toys from my childhood around the room and now we just have a big silver mirror and some scatter cushions I find it much easier to zone out at night time.
COMFORT IS KEY
Whether it’s buying slightly indulgent bed linen or getting comfy in your favourite pair of joggers and baggy t-shirt, the best way to achieve a great night’s sleep is to be hitting the sheets in comfort. Yes that beautiful silk playsuit may look gorgeous on the model but is it going to be comfortable when you’re trying to get your forty winks? We both know that the reality is probably far less glamorous (playsuits are just asking for trouble… we have all done the funny little jig from foot to foot as you’re trying to navigate your way out of one when you’ve woken up at 4am desperate for the toilet) so save that for the honeymoon and embrace that calf-length hole-y nightie that’s seen better days in the run up to the big day instead. If you are looking for lingerie for your wedding night/honeymoon you can check out my top picks here.
TURN THE SCREEN’S OFF
I know it’s tempting, but turning all your screens off an hour before you head to your slumber will have a massive impact on how easily you fall asleep. The bright lights of your screen keeps your mind whirring so that last minute scroll through Instagram or last chapter of your latest thriller you’re reading on your iPad could actually be waking you up again, so for the 10 days leading up to the big one force yourself to turn all phone’s, laptop’s, tablets etc. etc. off 60 minutes before you want to be dropping off and you should see a significant impact on how fast you fall asleep. I find that reading just a chapter of a book before I go to sleep is a great way for my mind to wind down slowly, if I go from scrolling through my Snapchat stories to nothing it’s like going cold turkey and I get withdrawal symptoms. I’m tempted to look again, and I find myself thinking about whatever else I’ve seen online but if I read a book I forget about the digital world completely but beware – reading something you just can’t put down before bed is just as dangerous as you’ll either end up reading for hours or going crazy wondering what happens next. Opt for something a little bit less demanding in the twilight hours, something that you’re interested in but can shut the cover at the end of a chapter.
BUT WHY IS SLEEP SO IMPORTANT?
Joy Richards, sleep expert at Happy Beds, has shared with us just why we should be getting a good night’s sleep every night, but especially before your wedding day…
Deprived sleep over time can result in you feeling paranoid, impatient and extremely sensitive, which are the very last emotions you want to experience in the run up to your big day.
Just like we need food and water to function properly, we need sleep too, so it’s important to not to skimp on it. I’d recommend getting at least 7 hours sleep a night, however this can vary from person to person. If you struggle to get up in the mornings, then you may not be getting the rest you need. It’s equally as important not to sleep for too long, as it can often have an adverse effect; you can wake up feeling fatigued and lethargic.
If you are having trouble sleeping, perhaps because you’ve got pre-wedding nerves or feel behind with all the planning, it’s worth trialling out sleeping apps. My personal favourites include Sleepmaker Rain and Sleep Pillow.
I’m fortunate enough to be really good at sleeping, and I mean really good. Some say too good. I’m that person that can sleep through a fire alarm (I genuinely once slept through a burglar alarm that was warning us of an actual burglary…) and even after 8 hours of sleep I could do with another 6, but during times of stress I find actually falling asleep near impossible and that’s when I put these tips into action and sure enough, I fall asleep every time. Do you have any tips for falling asleep?