AUTHOR: Samantha (Sam) Kent
Why You Need Beauty Sleep Before Your Wedding Day
There’s so much to do before you get married. Planning, wedding prep, parties, and DIY projects suddenly shoot to the top of your to-do list. You might even sacrifice time spent sleeping or relaxing to take care of wedding-related tasks.
Sleep is vital to your physical and mental health and well being, and it can affect the way you look, too. Although it’s tempting to stay up late working on wedding tasks, you could end up looking less vibrant at your wedding if you sacrifice sleep.
Sleep Can Make You Look More Healthy and Attractive
A Swedish sleep study found a difference in observers’ perception of the health, attractiveness, and tiredness of photos of people who were sleep deprived and the same people when they were well rested. Photos of participants were taken after a normal night’s sleep and after sleep deprivation, and observers rated their photos.
Observers rated people in a sleep-deprived state as:
• Less healthy
• More tired
• Less attractive
Researchers say this study suggests we can detect sleep-related facial cues. Sleeping more will keep these facial cues from being detected in your wedding photos.
Sleep Deprivation Can Cause Premature Aging
One night of sleep deprivation can make you look less attractive the next day, but making sleeping less a habit can affect your long-term attractiveness. Your sleep quality can impact your skin function and aging.
When you don’t get good quality sleep, your skin may show increased signs of aging. A clinical trial found that people who got less sleep had slower skin recovery from environmental stressors such as sun exposure.
How to Get the Sleep You Need to Look Your Best
Looking and feeling your best is critical on your wedding day and the events leading up to it. Follow these tips to get good sleep so you can be at your best.
• Plan ahead.
Stress, anxiety, and last minute details can rob you of the sleep you need just before your wedding day, leaving you frazzled and looking less attractive than you would if you could get enough sleep. Start the wedding planning process as early as possible and work ahead so that you’re completing tasks long before your wedding day. Don’t stay up late the night before your wedding putting the finishing touches on a DIY; get it done with plenty of time to spare.
• Ask for help.
Part of getting wedding tasks done early is reaching out and asking for help from family and friends. Delegate tasks as much as possible. Sharing duties will cut down on your workload and may give you more time to sleep, and it can help family and friends feel more involved in your wedding.
• Focus on getting your best quality sleep.
Practice healthy sleep habits, so you can make the most of the rest you’re getting each night. Maintain a regular sleep schedule and bedtime routine for consistency that will make it easier for you to fall asleep at night. Be careful to avoid caffeine, alcohol, nicotine, heavy meals, or intense exercise late at night, as they can interfere with sleep. Make your bedroom a comfortable, quiet, and calm place to sleep. Check mattress reviews to make sure that yours is appropriate for your sleeping style and temperature. Make sure you don’t bring wedding work to bed with you, such as doing craft projects, working on your laptop, or checking in on your mobile device.
• Avoid late nights prior to your wedding day.
Rehearsal dinners are common the day before your wedding, but be careful not to let the party go so late that you can’t get enough sleep for the next day. Schedule the start time in the early evening so you won’t feel like you have to stay late.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Samantha (Sam) 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.