Wedding season is upon us, and if your big day
is coming up then the chances are that you'll be experiencing some
pre wedding jitters. Be it due to excitement or stress, it is no
surprise that many of us struggle to sleep in the weeks leading up
to the big day. Sleep is vital to looking radiant and healthy on
the big day, and Silentnight's sleep expert Dr Nerina Ramlakhan has
put together her top tips to help brides-to-be get a great night's
sleep in the weeks before their big day.


1. Eat healthily - especially breakfast


To help us sleep as well as possible, especially
when nerves are at their peak, we need a good balance of the
hormones serotonin and melatonin in our system. Eating foods such
as chicken, cheese, tofu, eggs, nuts, seeds and milk, will help to
boost these hormone levels. Most brides will be conscious of what
they are eating in the build up to the big day, but during the rush
of planning, many will forget to eat breakfast. Eating breakfast
within 30 minutes of rising stabilises metabolism, blood sugar and
melatonin production.


2. Reduce caffeine and alcohol consumption


Caffeine, sugar and alcohol make it difficult to
not only sleep, but to experience high quality sleep. Although a
glass of wine may be tempting to calm wedding jitters and to help
you to drift off, it actually disrupts sleep and is associated with
more frequent awakenings and night sweats.


3. Try getting an early night


In the run up to the wedding, going to bed by 10
or 10:30pm a few nights a week is good for the immune system, thus
clearing toxins from the body. Getting into a routine, by waking
and going to sleep at the same time every day, improves sleep
quality and increases the chances of a great sleep the night before
your wedding.


4. Keep calm


Despite the pressure, the main thing to remember
the night before your wedding is to try not to worry about getting
a good night's sleep. Focus on resting well and even if you don't
manage to sleep well that night, it won't have any significant
impact on how you look if you have slept well in the run up to the
big day.


5. Breathe


If the nerves get too much on the eve of the
wedding, try a simple breathing technique. Kundalini breathing is
particularly good for a wired mind and body. Sit up straight in
bed, pucker your lips as if holding a 10p coin, breathe in
forcefully through the lips, and exhale through the nose for two
minutes.