(Closed) Bridal Insomnia tips?

posted 10 years ago in Emotional
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2009 - University of Michigan Union

I have had bridal insomnia for months!!! I wish I could help, but the only thing that seems to work for me is exercise. Mr. Taffy and I always talk about our wedding after work, so it’s all going through my head right before bedtime. It is the worst!!!

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I feel for you, I’m in the same situation.  I get into bed somewhere between 10 and 11 and lay there for at least 2 hours, can’t fall asleep.  If the alarm goes off once, I’m up (even if it is FI’s) and cannot fall back asleep regardless of whether I need to be up or not.  On top of that, I got sick this week, so no gym.  My mom says it’s because I’m not sleeping and trying to do too much.  I tried to take a nap yesterday afternoon, but nothing.  My Bridal Shower is tomorrow and I’m nervous about being the center of attention so that’s not helping.  I might try some nyquil tonight.

I would love to hear people’s advice too!  

Hang in there tmarie!

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2009

I had bridal insomnia until about 1 month before the wedding when I had to make a change.  The first thing was my father called and told me to quit stressing out over everything and that it would all be perfect, he was right 😉  The second thing I did was we (the fiance and I) quite talking about wedding stuff right before bed…After dinner no wedding stuff unless of course we were finishing a project that we could sign of the list.  Third we made a list, it works wonder to get it off your mind and on to paper, it really does help!

I would not condone the use of drugs, but I have been known to use NyQuil on occassion (when I was working 2 am to 2 pm shifts), but it only works for a day or two…

Good Luck!

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2018 - Coyaba Resort, Montego Bay

I’ve also had insomnia for months!  Some nights I’m fine, but others…forget it! I’m up at 3 and awake for the rest of the night.  Grr.

Since I don’t have trouble falling asleep, Ambien would be pointless.  I’ve tried it in the past & still wake up.  I haven’t tried the CR version, because it freaks me out.  I do have an anxiety tabled that I can take in the middle of the night that just relaxes me & I can fall asleep.  I recommend going to your doctor before you start taking NyQuil or any other sleeping aids!

Best of luck!

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I should mention, I’m only taking the nyquil because I’m sick.  I wouldn’t take it otherwise.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2018 - Coyaba Resort, Montego Bay

Grr…insomnia strikes again!  & no, I am not just coming home from a night out, either .  I just ate a tiny bowl of cereal because I was feeling SO hungry.  I am hoping that helps.  Obviously, weddingbee-ing at 2:30 doesn’t help with the insomnia.  oops!

Keep the tips coming, please!

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

I have chronic insomnia and use Ambien.  Sleeping is nice.  It is especially good for the short-term.  Benadryl and Tylenol PM make me so jittery.

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2009

Ha! I like all us late-night posters on the insomnia board. So appropriate.

I also have chronic insomnia (and come from a family of no-sleepers, so really i never had a chance!). I’m not a fan of taking benedryl or nyquil unless I’m actually sick (and not planning on working the next day) because for me it takes about 14 hours before it wears off and I feel like myself again. I actually find that time-release melatonin works best as a regular-basis sleep aid. Melatonin is an over-the-counter supplement that is based on a hormone produced by your brain when it tells your body that it is time to sleep. It was initially developed to help with jet-lag, and it just makes me feel a little drowsy. I take it about a half hour before I want to go to bed.

Other things that help are regular exercise and good eating habits, turning off the computer and TV well before bed-time, and trying not to get all worked up about wedding stuff right before bed! Also, before I started taking melatonin I would drink warm milk and take a walk around the apartment if i woke up in the middle of the night and couldn’t get back to sleep. For some reason that always helped.

Sweet dreams!

Post # 13
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

<span style=”font-size: 8pt; font-family: ‘Verdana’,’sans-serif'”>3:14am Pacific time, probably shouldn’t be giving advice on how to cure insomnia.. But, I’m a night owl and have nothing planned for tomorrow, so here’s my shot in the dark. We don’t have a wedding date yet so, I can’t testify on the wedding insomnia, but I’ve had trouble falling asleep. Having your wedding party help if they can with your tasks might ease your mind. I know being able to talk about what I was doing with someone helped me sort my ideas, get some of the wedding convo. out of your system (don’t mean that in a bad way) before bed time might help too. If you have tasks that need to be done see if you can get some one to help you or at least tag along. I find being able to either share an experience or talk with someone about it helps to clear my mind some.

<span style=”font-size: 8pt; font-family: ‘Verdana’,’sans-serif'”>If there’s a lot on my mind I try to prioritize the things I think I can accomplish the next day in my mind and then try to forget about them when I go to bed.

<span style=”font-size: 8pt; font-family: ‘Verdana’,’sans-serif'”>Close your eyes and try to see all the pretty colors as your eyes relax from staring at hours of wedding porn. JK! Focus on relaxing the body and your mind will follow suit. <span style=”font-size: 8pt; font-family: ‘Verdana’,’sans-serif'”>I’ve found personally I can’t sleep after exercise it amps me up too much. If you’re the same try exercising in the morning or the afternoon. If I am more active than sedentary through out the day I do sleep better at night. <span style=”font-size: 8pt; font-family: ‘Verdana’,’sans-serif'”>Occasionally I’ve had a bit of peanut butter on some saltine crackers before bed, maybe not so good on the stomach, but I thought it helped the times I felt a bit munchy. Tried to lay off the caffeine in the evening my cut off was probably around 7pm but I didn’t plan on going to bed until midnight anyway. That’s early for me.

<span style=”font-size: 8pt; font-family: ‘Verdana’,’sans-serif'”>I thought about meds too, but I leaned more to a more natural form of medication: tea. I like tea and I’ve heard of medications coming from plants, so I thought hey why not try something. I drank sleepy time for years and don’t think it had much effect on me it’s really minty. So, I went in search of something along the same lines. I’ve read valerian root is supposed to help with insomnia and found a nice tasting tea that has some in it. Yogi Tea’s Bedtime tea. http://www.yogitea.com/Pages/OurTeas/MindTeas/Bedtime.html I like the flavor and think it did help me relax. No need for sweeteners either with this one the licorice root in it adds a sweetness. I’m not big on anise, but I didn’t find it had a strong anise flavor. They have some other good teas also. I got it at Whole Foods, but I’ve heard of people buying it other places. It comes in a pretty printed box too, not that that will help you sleep. <span style=”font-size: 8pt; font-family: Wingdings”>J<span style=”font-size: 8pt; font-family: ‘Verdana’,’sans-serif'”>

<span style=”font-size: 8pt; font-family: ‘Verdana’,’sans-serif'”>Oh, I also found making it as dark as possible and noise free as possible helps when I’m stressed and can’t sleep. The little things like that, I think I can hear and see with my eyes shut and my ears tuned out still filter in, or maybe that’s the delirium of being up until the sun is up again. Well, Hope that helps some. Sweet dreams when you do get some rest. <span style=”font-size: 8pt; line-height: 115%”><font face=”Calibri”> </font>

Post # 14
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I have no trouble falling asleep, but seem to be waking up  a lot in the middle of the night. I start thinking about wedding & work and can’t get back to sleep. A few weeks ago I tried a yoga class. That night not only did I sleep the entire night, but I don’t even think I moved! I just ordered a yoga dvd and hope it work just as well as the class! 

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