Post # 1
I am not getting married for five months and I’m already worried about being able to sleep the night before the wedding. I am one of those people who try to plan/settle everything before going to sleep and already loose sleep here and there when we are working on wedding plans.
I have tried: a wedding journal to write down thoughts if I am still up and need sleep, warm milk, yoga, relaxation, music all with moderate success. Anything that worked for you or ideas you are planning on trying would be great! Thanks!
Post # 3
- Wedding: March 2005 - Westside Loft, New York
i need to wake up early tomorrow so I took some benadryl. sad i know.
Post # 4
About 45 minutes before you want to be asleep make yourself a nice warm cup of milk or tea, turn off the tv and the cellphone and the radio and all the lights except one you will need for sitting in a room OTHER than the bedroom and reading. Lose yourself in someone else’s story for half an hour (I love to read short poetry books), or if you are one of those people who will stay up ALL NIGHT reading just sit quietly for a little while. Sip your drink. Practice deep breathing and mindful thought. Then 15 minutes before you want to be asleep crawl into bed.
My friend taught me this trick she does when she can’t sleep: picture a white wall. If other things creep into your head just repeat "white wall white wall white wall" and really focus on seeing the image in your head. It works wonders for her!
Post # 5
Warm milk helps as does turkey because of the tryptophan. A natual amino acid. You can also buy tryptophan or milk peptid. Both also help reduce the stress hormones in your body.
Post # 6
You can try minimizing your sleep two nights before the big day so you’ll be tired on the night before the wedding. otherwise, Benadryl works pretty well too. if you’re going to try sleep aids, Lunesta and Ambien work well but test them out before to make sure u don’t feel too groggy the morning after.
Post # 7
Ambien!! LOL!!! Or try a dose of nyquil or tylenol pm..no prescription required
Post # 8
- Wedding: September 2008 - A tiny town just outside of Glacier National Park
Get some exercise that day if you can.
Take a hot bath in the evening.
Try deep breathing.
Or, if all else fails, get an Rx for a benzo from your doc. Can’t hurt, and they shouldn’t leave you exhausted.
Post # 9
Thank you for all of the wonderful suggestions! I am trying to avoid the benadryl rount but if that is what it takes to sleep I just might have to. I bet staying up late and keeping busy the two nights before that should provide some sleep the night of. Plus I love the "white wall" idea, that should hopefully give my brain a reason to rest!
Thank you all so much! Who knew you would have to work so hard to get some sleep!?!
Post # 10
Lots of people swear by melatonin, a hormonal sleep supplement. I have serious problems sleeping and have been on lots of Rx’s for them. This stuff works OK for me. I get weird dreams on it, but it’s worth a try! And it’s cheap and natural. Sometimes you just need a good nights’ sleep to reset yourself!
Post # 11
My brain wouldn’t shut down, but if I would have known that was going to happen I would have taken some benadryl, Nyquil, or Tylenol PM with me (I didn’t sleep at home) so I could take something to help me rest. You are so excited, though, that when it is time to get up you aren’t really even tired!
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I am absolutely in love with Celestial Seasoning’s Sleepytime Tea. It’s entirely natural (comes from Boulder, so you know it’s nothing that isn’t grown from the ground), and is so nice and relaxing. I agree with Mrs. CP as well: a good round of exercise couldn’t hurt!
One reason I’m glad I have a later evening wedding is that I won’t have to wake up later. Falling asleep I know will be practically impossible, but once I do, I’ll get to sleep in.
Post # 13
I figured a couple glasses of wine at the rehearsal dinner will relax me and I’ll be ready to sleep when I head back to the hotel!!!
Post # 14
I got this other pice of great advice from a newlywed friend of mine:
" I found that I was having trouble sleeping in the last weeks before my wedding because I felt like I was forgetting to do things! I sat down one day and made a GIANT list of EVERYTHING that had to be done before the big day, then I separated it into shorter lists of things that could be done in one day. Basically I had a list of things to do for every day leading up to my wedding, but it was great because there were never more than five things on a list! Somedays I didn’t have anything wedding realted that had to be done so I would put "watch a movie with FH" or "yoga class with girls" so that I would have some mandatory fun on my schedule 🙂 This worked great for me because the daily lists were easily accomplished and I could go to bed each night knowing that I had done everything I needed to for that day. That combined with my "one day at a time" sleepy-time mantra made those last few weeks a lot easier!"
Post # 15
Fi and I have decided to spend the night before together. We’ve lived together for the past almost 3 years, and only spent the night apart 2 nights, neither of which either of us got good sleep. We figure we’ll already be anxious enough, sleeping together and getting a little pre wedding snuggle before splitting up for the day will ensure us a good night’s sleep the night before
Post # 16
I second CS Sleepytime tea….it knocks me out pretty fast and doesn’t have the morning side effects that meds can.
The night before my wedding I ended up in a hotel suite by myself. I was able to watch a little tv and take a hot bath and sleep in a comfy bed all alone, no distractions. Falling asleep was actually easier than I thought. By then I had all the things done that I was stressing out in the months previous. I woke up pretty early on the wedding day, but that’s to be expected 🙂