As the Big Day draws closer and closer, many brides experience a flurry of emotions from stress, nervousness and anxiety, often suffering from insomnia too. Often they can be quite difficult to cope with, especially as wedding planning can be a very stressful affair! When you are stressed out, you are taxing your immune system, therefore you need to find ways in which to remedy it and herbal/non-medicinal methods are ideal!
Bridal Insomnia Remedies & Relief
As a bride-to-be (and groom-to-be), you may have what seems to be an endless list of to-do lists and follow-up calls to vendors and other parties who are involved in helping you plan your dream wedding day. This could very well lead you to not being able to shut off your brain and get some shut-eye. We have some great ways in which you can find some relief for lack of sleep/insomnia leading up to the wedding.
Change your Bedtime Routine: Actively making changes to your day-to-day routine can greatly affect your sleeping patterns. For instance, if you find yourself tossing and turning in bed for close to 20 minutes, get out of bed and indulge in a quiet activity (such as reading, nothing that includes screen time). Ideally, your bedroom should be dark, quiet and cool; the perfect conditions for sleeping comfortably without disruption.
Reduce Screen Time: The blue light emitted from screens can disrupt the secretion of melatonin that aids in telling the brain it’s time to sleep.
Cut Down your Caffeine Intake: If you have set a bedtime routine where you want to go to sleep at a certain given time, make sure you avoid taking any caffeinated beverages at least four to five hours before that.
Consider Relaxation Technique: Finding ways to relax is important, which is also an integral part of stress management, and doing this without the use of medication is great. Consider the items mentioned in the sections below.
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Wedding Stress Management
Herbal remedies for stress management are ideal, especially when you want to avoid side effects that can occur when you take over-the-counter medicine to remedy them.
Chamomile: A great way to calm down nerves (due to its sedative power), it Chamomile also aids with indigestion or even pain caused by toothache. You can try a cup of soothing chamomile tea or keep out a hot water bowl with a few drops of chamomile extract in order to inhale its steam.
Gotu Kola: Another way to remedy insomnia and/or anxiety, you are able to get Gotu Kola (a plant native to Asian wetlands) in capsule or extract form. They work as a mild sedative, where Hydrocoltyle asiatica is the weaker variety whilst Centella asiatica.
Kava Kava: Available as capsules, liquid and powder, its ideal for promoting a good night’s rest as well as the relief of anxiety and tension.
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Pre-Wedding Relaxation Therapies
Other ways in which you can find relief includes massage therapy, acupuncture techniques such as Jin Shin Do. Massages can help work down the tense muscles reducing the production of stress hormones, ultimately calming the sympathetic nervous system. Mixing aromatherapy with a massage can also be very helpful in relaxing your body. However, if you’re looking for aromatherapy with essentials oils to relieve stress or promote sleeping, there are specific types you should use.
Stress Relief Essential Oils: Bergamot, Chamomile, Lavender, Melissa, Clary Sage, Neroli, Rose, Jasmine.
Sleep Therapy Essential Oils: Clary Sage, Marjoram, Ylang-Ylang, Neroli.
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