(Closed) Nervous/excited. Tricks for sleeping the night before the big day!

posted 4 years ago in Beehive
Post # 16
9588 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

I took Xanax and it was awesome. Your GP will prescribe a small batch for flights/wedding jitters. Full blown sleeping pills, both OTC and prescription make me groggy the next day but Xanax is magical.

Post # 17
9089 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

I would take a Unisom, but I take them regularly due to pregnancy-related insomnia.

Post # 18
278 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

If you’re a bath person, try taking a hot bath with lavender epsom salts to relax you, and keep all the lights off (use candles!) – that way you can just get out of the bath, no bright lights to wake you up, and slip into bed. 

I haven’t personally tried this, but I’ve heard that using lavender spray on your pillow helps as well. 

Tea does work well, but if you have to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night that could ruin your sleep. 

Post # 19
47 posts
  • Wedding: December 2016

Melatonin and Valerian tea, exercise early in the day before 😉

Post # 20
393 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2016

I also did not sleep well the night before the big day. I went to bed at 2, kept waking up, but got up for my 7AM hair appointment lol. Despite the lack of sleep, I was too excited and had the best day ever. I wouldn’t worry about it too much.

Post # 21
489 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

Joining this board because I’m really worried about this too! I’m terrible at sleeping under regular circumstances, let alone anything exciting! I even had trouble sleeping the night before our wedding tasting since I was really looking forward to it haha. 

  • This reply was modified 4 years ago by  jannem.
Post # 22
4243 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I only got like 4 hours of sleep the night before and honestly I was just fine.  I didn’t have any coffee either (digestive issues).  I was just so excited and had such a natural energy that it carried me through the day.  Try to go to bed relatively early, and maybe try Tylenol PM…but be sure you go to sleep at a time where you can get 8 hours otherwise you will be drowsy!

Post # 23
149 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

I would caution against sleeping pills, the possibility of negative side effects is scary. But taking something lighter like benadryl or even a tylenol pm could do the trick. Just make sure you have plenty of time in between when you take it and when you need to wake up, otherwise you’ll wake up feeling stoned.

Post # 24
3611 posts
Sugar bee

Ambien and Xanax are my go-tos. That sounds really bad, haha, but I only do it in dire situations or to get rid of jet lag. One night of taking 5mg Ambien isn’t going to kill you or get you addicted to it, although I would try it out one time before the big day to ensure you’re not going to be groggy in the morning…and don’t take it after you’ve been drinking.

Post # 25
308 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

I was exhausted and thought I’d sleep just fine but I was like a kid the night before Christmas.  I was up pretty much every hour.  Maybe try a sleeping pill??  

Post # 26
1325 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2015 - Mount Hermon

MacKaylarae:  I hope you find something!

I’m a night person too, but I’ve always been able to fall asleep within seconds of actually trying. The night before my wedding, I stayed up until 2 talking about relationships with my best friend/MOH. Oops.

Not ideal, but it didn’t seem to affect me at all.  Coffee, a good breakfast and plenty of adrenaline did the trick just fine. 

Post # 27
855 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I had my rehearsal and dinner that night and ran around all morning getting last minute ure things done before that. After the dinner was over, my best friend and I worked out for an hour and then showered and put our pj’s on and had a glass or two of wine. That pretty much did it..I was out cold. I didn’t think I’d be able to sleep but after all that running around n my workout right before bed n a lil wine to cool down….it was the perfect combination for sleep. Good luck!

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