Whether it’s nerves or those late-night wedding inspo searches on Pinterest, most brides-to-be do not get the pre-wedding zzz’s that they need

Planning a wedding is exciting – but it can also be stressful. As the big day draws near, things can become a bit chaotic and overwhelming as you scramble to cross things off your endless to-do list!

One thing that tends to fall by the wayside (besides your general sense of humour), is sleep.

Whether it’s nerves or those late-night wedding inspo searches on Pinterest, most brides-to-be do not get the pre-wedding zzz’s that they need.

Brides-to-be need their beauty sleep now more than ever

Here are three quick tips to help you get enough sleep in the weeks leading up to your special day:

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1. Hit the sack early

Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest are ‘sleep stealers’ – and what starts out as a quick five minute ‘looksy’ can easily turn into an hour, or even two, of mindless scrolling.

Set a tech ‘cut off’ time for yourself, and commit to placing your phone (or laptop or iPad) out of reach a good 30 minutes before you call it a day.

Use the time to quieten your mind and give your brain a buffer between awake time and sleep time. Establishing a bedtime routine like this for yourself is guaranteed to improve the quality of your sleep!

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2. Ditch multi-tasking

There’s no doubt about it, women are master multi-taskers – and while multi-tasking does help us get all.the.things.done, it can also leave us feeling frazzled and spread thin, which in turn affects our cortisol levels.

High levels of cortisol (the main stress hormone) can affect your sleep and make you, er, short tempered (#sorrynotsorry)

Dedicate certain days of the week to wedding planning, and make time to focus on other things on your free days…

…like snuggling up with a book or catching up on your favourite series.

3. Two words: Circadian rhythms

Now, we know that cortisol is the main stress hormone and that when it runs high, it affects sleep. In order to keep this hormone in check, you need to focus on balancing your circadian rhythm. Which in layman’s terms, is your internal clock.

The easiest way to do so, is to set a bedtime and stick to it – even if you don’t feel tired. The same goes for waking up in the morning; set your alarm – and try not to hit that snooze button!

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