Feeling Too Anxious to Sleep Before Your Wedding?

Do you ever feel so anxious the night before something exciting? I would wager that was the case before your big exams in school, your first date, bachelorette weekend and, let’s be honest, every Christmas Eve! While those butterflies and excitement are 100% warranted and exciting, we all need our rest to be our best selves and to embrace those exciting and joyful experiences. In case you are feeling too anxious to sleep before your wedding, the lovely team at The Sleep Help Institute have sent over some tips to help you sleep and rest well the night before your wedding day.

Wedding stress gets to just about everyone. In a recent survey, 96 percent of engaged or newlywed couples said wedding planning is stressful. Couples often experience stress symptoms including elevated anxiety, difficulty sleeping, and mood swings.

Wedding stress can keep you up at night, too. Feeling stressed can leave you unsettled and make it difficult to fall asleep. You may have racing thoughts about what you need to do or forgot to get done that day. Feelings of stress and anxiety may intensify and be especially tricky the night before your wedding.

Of course, the night before your wedding is when you want to get your best sleep. You need to get at least seven hours of good quality sleep the night before your wedding so you can look and feel refreshed on your wedding day.

Although it’s not always easy to let go and relax the night before your wedding day, there are things you can do to calm your nerves and release stress and anxiety so you can get the rest you need.

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Plan ahead. Make sure you’ve taken care of important details in the weeks before your wedding. Don’t leave an essential DIY project to the last minute and stay up late finishing it. Delegate what you need to and don’t be afraid to ask for help from friends and family. Although some things may pop up just before the wedding, clearing your slate ahead of time can make it easier to deal with anything that comes up.

Get some exercise. Many brides consider the week before their wedding as crunch time for weight loss, and that can be stressful. But exercise is a good stress reliever and can help you sleep better, so you should stay active regardless. Research has found a strong connection between exercise and better sleep quality. Even if it’s just a brisk walk, take some time to be active the day before your wedding.

Don’t overdo it at your rehearsal dinner. Often, couples hold their rehearsal dinner the night before the wedding. But a heavy meal and alcohol can spell trouble for getting to sleep afterward. It’s difficult for your body to recharge when it’s busy digesting a large meal. And although alcohol might help you fall asleep, your sleep will be lighter, so you won’t get the deep sleep you need to recharge before your big day. Be sure to pass on the after-dinner coffee, too, as it can leave you wired when you’re trying to fall asleep.

Plan your rehearsal dinner early. When you set the time for your rehearsal dinner, keep sleep in mind. Make sure you’re starting the celebration early enough to have a good time, but still get to bed when you need to. Plan for at least eight hours of rest time including falling asleep and waking up.

Focus on sleep quality. Maintain healthy sleep habits and keep them going the night before your wedding. You should have a regular sleep schedule and bedtime routine, have a mattress that meets suits your preferred sleep position and make sure to avoid late night screen time.

It’s normal to feel stressed and anxious the night before your wedding, but a good night’s sleep can help you feel better and be ready for an amazing wedding day. Relieve stress and plan ahead so you can get the sleep you need before your wedding day.


I hope this helps you relax and wake up on your wedding day with that beauty rested glow and a smile as big as can be. After all, it’s the first day of the rest of your life and your next wonderful chapter!

xoxo, Jenn


To read more on sleep tips, mattress recommendations and more – visit The Sleep Help Institute online!