Nerves are the number one reason brides don't get enough shut-eye before the Big Day. But a decent night's rest is crucial on a day as long and exciting as your wedding.
So we've enlisted the advice of Silentnight’s sleep expert, Dr Nerina Ramlakhan, who reveals five tips to help you get a solid night’s rest.
"To sleep as well as possible, we need a balance of serotonin and melatonin. Eat foods such as chicken, cheese, tofu eggs, nuts, seeds and milk, to boost these hormones. And remember to eat breakfast, the most important meal of the day, within half an hour of waking to stabilise the metabolism, blood sugar and melatonin production."
Stay well hydrated
"When muscles don’t have proper levels of fluid, your electrolytes shrivel, making it harder for your muscles to function effectively. Avoid this by gulping down the recommended intake of water, keeping your body cleansed and preventing puffy eyes."
Cut caffeine and alcohol
"Caffeine and refined sugar (found in alcohol) are stimulants and make it difficult to reach deep sleep.
Although many think alcohol helps them to drift off, it actually disrupts sleep and is associated with more frequent awakenings and night sweats."
"Whether it’s the gym or taking the stairs, exercise is scientifically proven to help you get a better night’s sleep. What’s more, regular activity is one of the best ways of lowering stress levels."
Try getting an early night
"Going to bed early a few nights a week is good for the immune system, helping clear toxins from the body.
Get into a routine by waking and going to sleep at the same time every day. This improves sleep quality and increases the chances of a great sleep the night."