You’ve tried everything you can, from delegating tasks to a wedding planner to changing the type of pillow you use. But you’re still angrily counting sheep the night before your wedding. Don’t panic yet. Without even getting out of bed, you can do some calming activities.
1. Keep A Journal
The first thing you can try if your mind won’t stop racing is to keep a worry journal. Stress and anxiety can be a problem for sleep. Our brains don’t actually stop when they’re supposed to let us sleep. Your mind might be replaying a worst case scenario with the wedding cake.
Keeping a journal on your bedside table might help. When you have anxious thoughts racing through your brain, it can be helpful to write them down, so that your mind thinks it’s already dealt with them. You can also take some time before bed to write down all the positive things about the day you’re about to complete, and that you’re looking forward to tomorrow. That will help you end the day on a positive note.
2. Do Restful Stretching
If you keep tossing and turning, it might be that your body or mind needs to do a little bit more activity to feel like it can rest. Midnight is not an optimal time for vigorous exercise, but light stretching or yoga may be a good fit.
Yoga has been shown to help decrease work stress, which can, in turn, help you sleep. You can find a guided list of poses online. Yoga is great for sleeping because you can even do all of this from the bed. Wide child’s pose, a seated spinal twist, and happy baby pose are all easy to do in bed, as long as you have a reasonably firm mattress.
3. Put the Phone Away
Not only do phones put out more blue spectrum lights, which cause your brain to be more attentive and focused, they are also a huge temptation. Don’t give in to those lazy people texting you for directions on the night before your wedding day. It’s your turn to sleep and relax!
If you can, try to get an old-fashioned alarm clock. The red lights often used for the numbers are the least likely to cause your brain to think it’s time to get up. It has the added benefit of also not having access to things like your work email, Twitter, or Facebook. We’ve all been there where we just want to check that one notification. Much like potato chips, you can’t ever check only one.
To keep the temptation at bay, it can help to keep your phone out of reach. We’re less likely to get up in the middle of the night to grab something to do, so take advantage of that and keep your phone just far enough that you can’t reach it. If you need it to be an alarm, try putting it on your bookshelf and putting it on Do Not Disturb Mode.
While none of these tactics are guaranteed to send you into a deep slumber, they may allow you to catch a few more winks before your big celebration.