Being a bride is one of the most
exciting and heartwarming days of a person's life, from 'will you
marry me?', to the run-up to the big day when the nerves kick in.
Pre-wedding jitters may be stopping you from getting the full
recommended eight hours, but as we know, beauty sleep is not a myth
and no one wants tired eyes on such a big day.


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Silentnight's sleep expert, Dr Nerina Ramlakhan,
says: "Getting married is such an important and significant time in
someone's life, but it can bring with it a level of stress, which
consequently can lead to a lack of sleep". 


Here Dr Nerina, shares her five top
tips to help brides-to-be sleep well in the weeks before their
wedding day.


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.


Reduce caffeine and alcohol
consumption


Caffeine and refined sugars, which are found in
alcohol, are stimulants and 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.


Try getting an early night


In the run up to the wedding, going to bed by 10 -
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.


Keep calm


Despite the pressure, the main thing
to remember the night before your wedding is to try and not worry
about getting a good 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.
 


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.


For more sleep tips from expert, Dr Nerina, visit Silentnight
Sleep Toolkit.