If you’re like most  brides, chances are you may be  having  problems getting to or maintaining sleep. What with planning and tastings and fittings and parties and all the rest . So if your are experiencing anxiety as your wedding day draws neigh and , therefore losing sleep and as a result feeling just a little cranky , help is on its way. Unfortunately for some, the elusiveness of sleep can develop into a chronic problem even after the wedding. And you  know what they say when the kids start to arrive … “Forget about getting a full nights sleep” or ” You won’t be sleeping a full eight for at least twenty-one years”….UHM.. .So that being said, here are 5 simple things you can put into acton today to start  getting a better night’s sleep .Bon Chance!!

1. De-Tech the Room

Consider making your bedroom a technology-free zone.I know, I know, this is a hard one to try but once you try it , you just might like it. This way you begin to associate the room with relaxation and sleep. Sounds good already right ? Charge your phones, tablets, and laptops in a different room, since the very presence of these items can put you on edge.Now some of us use our phone as an alarm in addition to everything else. So here is your solution to that. Place your phone away form the bed that way you’ll still have the  alarm but, not the distraction or temptation because you won’t want to leave your cozy bed just to check  out who’s Following you now or just Liked your latest post ,which can also draw you into checking your email and social media. You may even want to go the extra mile and remove the television from your bedroom, or at the minimum put the remote well out of reach before you settle in for the night.

2. Feathers, Coils, Foam, or Gel?

A quality mattress is one of those things you may want to invest in. A mattress that lacks adequate support or comfort can cause all sorts of stress, pain, and sleep issues. Try out different mattresses and ask around to find out what type of mattress is best for your age, gender, and body type. If you feel that a certain quality mattress is slightly out of your price range, many furniture stores offer financing plans.

3. Exercise

Perhaps part of the reason your nights are lacking sleep is that you may need more exercise during the day. Regular exercise can decrease stress levels, and physical activity will strengthen the natural circadian rhythm of your body, which promotes sleep at night and activity by day. If you’re not the active type, at least consider going for a daily walk or bike ride. 

4. Stimulation…or Lack Thereof

Hobbies and pursuing your interests can take away some of your stress and provide you with mental stimulation. I found that studying French was very satisfying for my soul and provides me with the mental stimulation that I need to feel a sense of accomplishment and relaxation in my life. So,  If you’re lying in bed and counting bills instead of sheep, consider picking up an enjoyable hobby, or rekindling your love of an old one, in order to provide you with something else to think about or do other than work or the things that are stressing you to the point of loosing sleep. Alternatively, if you have too much going on, you may be over-stimulated, and need to cut back or reschedule events or simply decline an invitation or request. After all taking care of your needs are equally as important as the needs of others.

5. Bedtime Routine

This can be a tough one but, it’s worth giving a go!! Create a routine around bed time, almost like what you would do with a young child. Find activities that help you to calm down, such as taking a shower, making a cup of herbal tea, journaling, or reading. Start your routine at the same time  time every night so that those around you will be aware that you are entering “Me Time” AKA Do Not Disturb.In doing so, you can actually train your body to get ready and look forward to sleep.

Give these five ideas a try all at one or implement them into your daily life one at a time. Let us know how it works for you.