Planning a wedding can be stressful and exciting all at once, so if you’re struggling to sleep it’s no surprise! Luckily, we’ve got some top sleep tips that might help…
With adrenaline, anxiety and nerves all building up ahead of your wedding day, it’s normal for brides and grooms to-be to lose some! But fear not if you’re soon to walk down the aisle, as Sealy UK’s Chief Sleep Officer, Neil Robinson, has some top sleep tips for getting some quality rest before your big day.
Avoid a night-cap
While a nice glass of wine might be an enjoyable way to de-stress before the big day – especially with so many friends and family around – try to exercise some restraint. Alcohol can have a negative impact on our rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, which is often considered the most restorative stage of the sleep cycle. While you may fall asleep faster after a couple of drinks, you’ll spend less time in your REM phase of sleep – meaning you’re more likely to wake up feeling unrested and drowsy. Not so helpful when you’re trying to remember your speech or a long-lost relative’s name!
Have a soak
A lot of us turn to a relaxing bath as a method of unwinding. While this helps to reduce our levels of cortisol, the stress hormone, the physical effects of a soak can help to induce sleep in other ways too. This is because your body temperature has a strong influence on how quickly you fall asleep at night.
Your temperature naturally dips at night as the body prepares for rest, beginning about two hours before sleep. When you soak in a hot bath, your temperature rises by a degree or two, and the rapid cool-down immediately after the bath imitates this natural decrease of your body temperature, which in turn induces tiredness and increases your chances of a deeper sleep.
Adopt the clean sleeping trend
According to a survey by Sealy UK, a staggering 70% of us are using some form of technology each night whilst in bed, with almost one-in-three of us being disturbed at night by our partner using a mobile device. 
As well as the disruptive notifications throughout the night from the influx of well-wishing messages you’ll be sure to receive from your loved ones the night before your big day, the blue light emitted by screens on our phones, tablets and TVs impacts our levels of melatonin, the sleep-inducing hormone.
By allowing yourself a tech-free zone for 30 minutes before bed, you’ll prevent technology having a negative impact on your sleep and ensure a better night’s rest.
Say no to caffeine
We get it; the lure of caffeine is strong during busy and hectic periods. But, however tempting it may be, indulging in your favourite coffee can have a negative impact on your sleep. Caffeine stays in our system for much longer than many people believe, so be sure to avoid that cup of tea or coffee after 3pm to minimise its impact on your slumber.
Write it down!
If your mind is racing as you’re trying to drop off – which is understandable – then putting pen to paper and writing down your to-dos can have some seriously soothing benefits. Studies have found that by making a list of all your tasks or worries, it helps to almost ‘pluck’ those thoughts from your head and place them on the paper, helping you to drift off. Although it sounds trivial, this technique imitates a sense of shared responsibility, and the looming weight of your worries doesn’t seem quite as heavy! 
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 All data from the 2016/17 Sealy World Sleep Census, commissioned in conjunction with Loughborough University’s Clinical Sleep Research Unit. In total more than 15,000 people were questioned across the globe.
 Data from a study published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: http://psycnet.apa.org/record/