Why You Want Beauty Sleep Before Your Wedding Day
Every bride wants to look her absolute best on her wedding day. After all, wedding photos last a lifetime. Once you’ve decided on your dress, hair, and makeup, you might think your appearance is set. There’s one aspect of beauty that you may have forgotten – sleep. The average adult needs a full seven to eight hours of rest. With all of your wedding planning, sleep may have fallen by the wayside. To look and feel your best, rest needs to move up your priority list.
While you sleep, the body rejuvenates, recharges, and heals itself. Sleep also helps maintain emotional balance in your life. Without enough sleep, the emotional center of your brain becomes more sensitive to negative stimuli and the reasoning center of the brain becomes less active. If you’re already feeling stressed about your wedding, lack of sleep can make it harder to avoid "bridezilla" moments.
Sleep also gives the brain time to cleanse itself while pruning and strengthening connections made during the day. If you don’t give the body enough time to reach the deepest stages of sleep, your reasoning skills, decision-making abilities and reaction times slow down. You’ll also find yourself more susceptible to illness. The immune system doesn’t have time to recharge or fight off infection without enough rest. A bride sick with a cold is not usually the look that you're going for on your wedding day.
That gives you a glimpse of what happens on the inside during sleep deprivation, but what happens on the outside might impact your wedding more than you think. Estée Lauder funded a study to explore the relationship between sleep deprivation and skin health. Those who got less than seven hours of sleep showed more fine lines, uneven pigmentation, and less elasticity in the skin. The study also found that those who got adequate sleep healed 30 percent faster from skin damage.
Your perceived skin health also changes with sleep. A 2013 study published in Sleep found that people recognize fatigue through facial expressions and cues such as glazed eyes, hanging eyelids, dark circles, wrinkles, and a droop in the corners of the mouth. These facial cues can affect how you appear to others on a day or a camera lens. Sleep more to make a day with nothing but positive memories more likely.
Getting more sleep before your wedding might seem hard with all the work and planning you have to manage. But it's not too complicated. It comes down to developing the right sleep environment and healthy habits. Your mattress plays an important role in the quality of your sleep. If your mattress doesn’t support your preferred sleep position or has lumps and valleys that leave you achy, you can comparison shop for mattresses online and have one delivered straight to your door.
The habits that help you sleep better involve the regular 24-hour biological and physiological cycles the body uses to regulate your sleep-wake cycle. Habits that support these cycles like keeping a consistent bed and wake time and a regular meal schedule improve your sleep quality.
You can also avoid certain substances and activities that interfere with the release of sleep hormones. Stimulants like caffeine block sleep hormones and should be avoided for the four hours before bed. Televisions and smartphones can give off a bright blue light that suppresses the release of sleep hormones. Try to shut electronics off two to three hours before bed or turn your devices to a low blue light setting to avoid a delay in the onset of your sleep.
With the right environment and habits, you’ll be able to get the sleep you need to look and feel your best on your wedding day.
Guest Writer: Samantha Kent | SleepHelp.org
Samantha Kent is a researcher for SleepHelp.org. Her favorite writing topic is how getting enough sleep can improve your life. Currently residing in Boise, Idaho, she sleeps in a California King bed, often with a cat on her face.