When it comes to the night before your wedding, for most of us, those nerves will start to kick in, and looking drained from lack of sleep is the last thing you need! Today is World Sleep Day, so what better time to talk about sleeping tips to calm those pre-wedding nerves. Whatever the occasion, a night of sound sleep will definitely leave us prepared for the event ahead. We’ve got some expert advice and products to help you sleep soundly and wake up feeling refreshed on your wedding day!
Scent and Perfume Expert Karen Gilbert shares her sleeping tips;
“I’m a big fan of the bath and creating scented rituals to get through challenging times. Your favourite candle, Epsom salts and a blend of lavender and clary sage always hits the spot for me. Lavender Vetiver and Jasmine have also been found to help to get you in the right state for sleep so you could make up your own pillow spritz or a couple of drops on a tissue by your pillow to help you drift off.
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Deep Sleep Expert and Hypnotherapist Dipti Tait shares her sleeping tips;
“Before you go to sleep, write down all your thoughts in a journal. The stuff going around your mind is called ‘overthinking’. When you are able to get the thoughts out of your head and on to the sheet of paper, this means that you have taken control of emptying and freeing your mind. If you feel particularly anxious or overstimulated, to quickly release adrenaline, without creating more, I have an unusual suggestion: Planking. If you can, pop your body into a plank on the floor next to your bed and count backwards from 100. The energy you will release while planking will be allowing the adrenaline an escape, and the feeling of grounding will help you feel balanced. As your head hits the pillow, it’s always a good idea to listen to a relaxation or hypnosis audio. As your brain is relaxing to the audio, it’s distracted positively and as you focus on the calming voice that is guiding you down into deep relaxation. Your mind comes into a mindful and present state and will relax enough to allow sleep in naturally and deeply.”
The Feel Amazing App is perfect for helping with sleep. In this stressful world, we all find ourselves living in, the ‘feel amazing’ app is the perfect pick-me-up with short recordings to fit into your day easily including the titles Fit and Well, Stop Worrying and Good Night’s Sleep. A place to relax and fire yourself up to achieve your goals. Make deep and lasting changes using a combination of self-hypnosis, meditation and mindfulness in these beautifully worded recordings by renowned self-help author Ailsa Frank. There are 4 free titles for all and a membership gives you access to all 45 titles.
Yoga expert Deborah Green shares her sleeping tips;
“When your head touches your pillow…your body may be in the bed but your mind hasn’t yet joined you. Yoga is all about the union of mind, body & breath so we can tune in and rather than ruminating, we can bring complete awareness to our needs. Yogic breathing will help build a bridge between your body & mind so simply start by noticing it, begin to observe your breath, as it is. Where are you feeling it? Then soften your belly & feel it effortlessly rise & fall. After a few breaths begin to lengthen the inhale and work towards a slightly longer exhale. I often count my breath 1..2..3..4 & 1..2..3..4..5..6 as I exhale (the silent counting helps your mind to stay in the present moment) Yoga helps us to notice where the tension is within our bodies so begin a scan, notice any resistance & tension. Then you can begin to release & let go with each exhale, a feeling of complete surrender. After a few minutes, naturally, allow the breath to drop into its own natural flow. Sometimes we need to reassure ourselves.. sometimes a whisper to your inner self that “all is ok” “I feel safe & happy”, find some soothing words that feel right for you but this is a lovely addition to quieten down the inner voice that pops up now & again.”
Nightwear and Linen
If you’re looking for some smart fabrics to help aid your sleep and calm those pre-wedding nerves then Copper Clothing do a range of nightwear with copper-infused technology that offers a safe, natural, environmentally friendly and non-chemical product including an Eye mask, Bed Linen and Pyjamas. Copper is known to promote the development of blood vessels and rejuvenates skin through the synthesis of collagen and elastin. So not only do our sleep masks aid sleep, but they are also a great way to look younger for longer and boost collagen production. These are definitely going on our wishlist!
This pillowcase by The Fine Bedding Company is the ultimate luxury sleeping product. Made from 100% Mulberry silk for a beautifully soft and smooth feel. Silk fabric is gentle on hair and skin and helps to retain natural moisture levels overnight, to help minimise wrinkles and hair static. Silk is also naturally breathable and hypoallergenic. I can definitely vouch for this one, I absolutely love mine!
This personalised silk robe by Extra Special Touch is the perfect luxury nightwear to make you feel amazing on the night before the big day. The Silk and French lace robe, personalised french knickers and monogram silk camisole are all handmade in the UK and embroidered with personalised monogram or initials in your own colour choice.
“Getting a good night’s sleep is essential for a well-functioning immune system; a lack of sleep can make you more susceptible to catching colds and flu as your body will not be as well equipped to fight off any nasty infections. Diet is also fundamental in supporting your immune system during winter; it’s recommended to eat fermented foods such as kefir, kimchi (pickled chinese cabbage/carrot) and kombucha to boost the good bacteria in your gut. Vitamin C also helps to stimulate the production of white blood cells, which help to fight off any infectious disease, so ensure you are eating plenty of colourful vegetables such as red peppers, kale, kiwis, and broccoli.”
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