Post # 1
OMG – Just want to say how badly I slept the night before we got married! We only had a small party so I knew in advance I would be sleeping next to my fiance in a very comfortable hotel bed. I was very nervous in the days leading up the the wedding, I just wanted everything to be perfect even though our wedding was pretty informal. That feeling that everyone was expecting me to look the prettiest I’d ever looked was just too much pressure, especially since I was doing all my own hair and make up!!!
So here’s how my sleep pattern went that night:
11pm – went to bed
12 midnight – think this is the time I actually fell asleep
1:45am – woke up, heart racing, looked at the clock, felt anxious that I’d woken, went to the loo then tried so hard to get back to sleep.
2am – this was the approximate time I went to sleep for the second time
4am – woke up, this time I felt really upset when I saw the time, I felt desperate for more sleep. At this point I would’ve given ANYTHING to be able to get back to sleep. I tossed and turned for what seemed like hours, my fiance even woke up from all the movement 🙁
I think I managed to drift into about an hours very light sleep before waking up again at about 7am. This time I also had to run to the bathroom twice with an upset tummy 🙁
So total sleep was about 4-5 hours and very broken! Plus my nerves upset my digestion!
It stressed me so much because you can see it in my skin and eyes if I’ve not slept properly, this was all I needed on the day I was supposed to look the most beautiful!!! Urgh. Luckily some MAC make up and a good breakfast sorted me out and I did look fine 🙂
In hindsight I wish I’d have maybe tried a sleeping pill just on this one occasion.
How did everyone else sleep the night before?
Post # 3
- Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall
@ibiza1987: Yikes, I’m worried about this….
I’ll be a total crab the next day if I don’t sleep :/
Post # 4
I actually slept better the night before the wedding than the days leading up. I was so darn tired, I slept good. Plus, I knew at that point, there was nothing more that I could do to make sure things went right.
Post # 5
I won’t be spending the night before with my fi. I cannot sleep if he isn’t there with me. I know this is going to be a huge problem for me. I will be waking up hourly no doubt.
Post # 6
@mchitt329: Yeah I was worried about how my ‘night before’ sleep would go, although I never thought it would be that bad though! Prevention advice I would give to you: take a sleeping pill if you get TOO anxious, tire yourself out somehow the day before, clear your mind and have plenty of relaxation time.
Post # 7
I 100% expect this to happen to me. I find it hard to stay asleep at the best of times so I will definitely be taking a light sleeping pill.
Post # 8
I was exhausted from all of the running around we had been doing. I slept like a freaking baby the night before our wedding. I popped up promptly at 6:30 the next morning ready to go!
Post # 9
I almost felt BAD for how amazing I slept. lol. I expected to feel the way I did when I as little on christmas eve, but I was just so stinkin tired from all the weeks activities that I got into bed and fell asleep like a rock! It had been a VERY busy weekend with non-stop pre wedding parties. We had the rehearsal that morning (morning after bachelorette party) then headed straight for a bridal luncheon. I had about a 2 hour gap between the luncheon and our rehearsal dinner which was at a bowling alley so that lasted from 5 to about 10pm! I tried to squeeze a nap in those 2 hours before but couldn’t because I had to pack for our honeymoon (only thing I procrastinated on. lol) so by the time I finally got checked into the hotel and hit that cloud 9 bed, I was too tiered to be nervous! haha.
I’m sorry you had such a bad night of sleep though =( How did you feel during the wedding? Even though I had a good sleep I was still pretty exhausted during the wedding. There was one point where I just wanted to leave! lol. Luckily a BM grabbed me a drink and I got a 2nd wind.
Post # 10
@Terryal87: Hi there, oh I am so jealous of how well you slept, haha! I think you hit the nail on the head there with the ‘kid on Christmas Eve’ analogy – that’s exactly how it felt!!!
Well on the day, adrenaline luckily kept me going for most of it, we married last week on New Years Eve but we all finished our reception meal at about 10:30pm, I was worried there would be pressure to stay our until past midnight because of the day, but luckily everyone said they were tired and went home after the dinner! I was doing well until about 10pm then the exhaustion hit me, probably due to the drinks too haha!
Post # 11
Ugh…I usually sleep pretty well but I tend to not sleep as well before a big day or day with something exciting happening. So if I’m getting up early to catch a plane to go on vacation, etc….then I wake up frequently feeling like I’m late! I’ll probably be lucky to get 4 hours of sleep. Luckily I’ve heard the adrenaline of the day makes up for it.
Post # 12
I’m so sorry! That really sucks and it sounds like it really bothered you! I had a hard time falling asleep but stayed asleep once that happened. I would still say I only got 5 hours though, which isn’t great for me!
Post # 13
Like a baby. 🙂
I was tired from doing a bunch of partying, etc, but I went to bed at a decent hour and had no problem sleeping. I was super excited but totally calm. It’s only when I can’t shut off my brain because I’m worrying that I can’t sleep, and I just knew everything would be fine. Got up around 8 or 9 the next morning, nice hot shower and Daddy made me breakfast – it was great!
Post # 14
- Wedding: October 2014 - UK
Oh man, I just KNOW I’m going to sleep badly. I’m really fussy about my sleep if I know I have to get up early (which I’ll have to) and that stresses me out enough to make me sleep badly anyway.
Post # 15
@Mars62312: Yes it was annoying, not so much the actual time I spent asleep, but the quality of the sleep. The fact that I kept waking therefore had broken sleep was the worst thing, if I’d had 5 hours unbroken sleep I’m sure that would have been much better!
Post # 16
We slept about 8 hours the night before, but I still looked like a train wreck with huge black bags under my eyes in my getting-ready pictures.