4 Ways to Sleep In Spite of Wedding Stress

Thank you to Samantha Kent with The Sleep Help Institute for writing this article and sharing these great tips!


Wedding planning is often one of the most stressful times in a couple’s relationship. Between coordinating the guest list, the caterers, the venue, and making sure everyone is where they need to be, it can get overwhelming. When that happens, it’s common to have trouble sleeping, which, of course, makes everything else even harder.

If you’ve found this is an issue for you, you’re in luck! Here’s a couple of tricks you can try to help you sleep well the night before your big day.

1. Meditate

Meditation is a great way to help calm anxiety, and also to help de-stress your entire body.

If you’ve never tried it before, the New York Times has a guide. Studies have suggested it can ease anxiety and bolster the quality of life for cancer patients.

Meditation is calming for all of your body, and even if you can’t get yourself to fall into the moment the way you’re supposed to, you’ll still be relaxing a little bit. Clear your mind, take some deep breaths and give it a shot.

2. Journal

Stress and anxiety can be problematic for sleep. Our minds often worry when they’re supposed to let us sleep. Do you have thoughts about everything racing through your mind while you try to count sheep?

Something that might help is keeping a worry journal.

Does Aunt Sally still need to pick up the centerpieces? Is a bridesmaid stationed at the entrance to make sure someone else gets to where they need to be?

Writing those stressful thoughts down can help your brain think that it’s okay to stop worrying about them until you have to deal with them tomorrow. It also gives you a semi-complete checklist of things you need to do or delegate!

Another thing that will help is to write down all of the things you’re excited about for your big day, leaving your journal entry on a positive note.

3. Add Soothing Scents

Creating a calming environment for yourself is vital to a good night’s sleep. One way to do that is through soothing scents like lavender, chamomile, bergamot, jasmine, rose and sandalwood.

You can get those scents through essential oils, pillow sprays, wax warmers, candles and through lotions - whatever is the best option for you.

4. Include Plants in your Bedroom

If your centerpieces are plants, you might want to keep them in your room. NASA has suggested that maintaining cleaner air with houseplants has a positive effect on sleep. Also, make sure that your mattress supports your preferred sleeping position. Let’s avoid aches and pains on the big day!

Planning a wedding can be stressful, but don't let that keep you from feeling refreshed and relaxed on your big day. Using meditation, journaling and soothing scents can help you fall into a restful sleep before your wedding.