Oct 9 2007, 11:29 AM
I would be interested in knowing if other I-do ers have had the same problem.
It's 18 days until our wedding and for the past two weeks I have not been sleeping well at all. I'm not nervous about the wedding, excited yes but nervous no.
I'm conducting myself in the usual way, working, gyming, spending time with the children and planning the wedding. However we relocated our company from one suburb to another with 80 employees and was working around the clock for 32 days straight. I think this is having a massive impact.
A few years ago I became addicted to sleeping tablets as a result of depression and found that I would stress about going to bed unless I had taken a sleeping pill. The problem was not falling asleep it was actually staying asleep. I'd wake up and toss and turn, then the mornings were a haze ball of confusion as I tried to lift myself out of the fog.
Because I'm not sleeping, I'm starting to stress and it's showing in my skin - breakouts etc, this is pissing me off as I started my pre-wedding beauty routine a couple of months ago with my regular beauty therapist so that I would look 'glowing' on the day.
I took two anti-histamine tablets before bed on Sunday and it was the first night I slept through, but I really don't want to go down this medicinal path.
I know all the tricks, warm bath/shower before bed, cup of chamomile tea, lavendar on the pillow (love lavendar) etc, but nothing seems to be working.
Does anyone have any secrets to getting a good nights sleep and just wondered if anyone else is/has suffered with the same thing.
I hate the way I feel at the moment.
Oct 9 2007, 11:41 AM
Oh yes, I know how you feel, I have the double whammy of the excitement and million things running through my head for the wedding, and the usual pregnancy insomnia. So when I wake in the middle of the night to go to the loo, it takes me forever to get back to sleep again.
I have no remedies for you though, but I do agree that the medicinal path is not one you want to head down. Would writing down your thoughts at the end of the day and having a list of things you need to do help so that your mind isn't racing in the middle of the night? I have found that has helped me, but the excitement is mounting now, and there is just so much to think about!
No secrets sorry, but I am, having this too! Just really restless sleep, hard to get to sleep, then hard to get up in the morning.
Have you tried Valerian (sp?) its a herbal sleep aid. I have taken it before and it worked, but i don't know if it works for staying asleep. I might give it a try again actually!
Oct 9 2007, 02:00 PM
I'm hearin ya sister! Likewise I'm at 24 days to go and feeling the nerves all ready. Couldn't sleep at all the night before my Hens and its like its all this emotional overload at the moment. Gagh.. part of me just wants it all to be over, the other half wants it to last forever. My natropath has put me on something called Passiflora to help with my sleeping.. its working.. somewhat! Still waking up at like 4am though.. gagh.
I think I'll sleep for a month when this is all over!!
Oct 9 2007, 02:05 PM
yeah i'm like this too!!! getting married 27/10
how weird! i'm not sure if it's work, the wedding or the heat??
Oct 9 2007, 02:32 PM
I'm another one having sleeping troubles. I am naturally a light sleeper so with stress on top it makes it worse. I now don't have any caffeine in the later part of the day. I go for about three days with barely any sleep and then I will have a really good nights sleep due to being exhausted.
I started my beauty regime a few months ago and now my skin is really breaking out(never used to).
Oct 9 2007, 04:26 PM
I'm the same, don't have any suggestions, need some for myself. I find i sleep ok during the week days but on the weekend when i should be having a sleep in i'm up at 5am-6am cause i'm thinking about what needs to be done over the weekend for the wedding, it's frustrating!!!
Oct 9 2007, 05:14 PM
must be the curse of the 27/10!
Oct 9 2007, 05:38 PM
I'm naturally insomniac (bit of an oxymoron, I know
) and slept for an hour the night before our wedding so I've been there and done that.
And not thinking about going to sleep. Because then you'll lie there thinking, "I should be asleep, I'm going to be so tired in the morning, why cant I sleep..." and stress about not sleeping IYKWIM?
I have a rule that if I'm still awake at midnight, I'll get out of bed for an hour or so. Invariably I am still awake at midnight but feeling too comfy and warm to get up and less than half an hour later I'll be asleep. By not actually thinking about sleep it seems to help, it sounds odd, I know, but it works for me.
I'm a total stress head and fidgit in my sleep over the littlest worry (drives my man bananas). Then found this amazing pilates instructor at my gym. After all her classes I would sleep like a log, not sure if it was the stretching out muscles or just the quite down time but it worked a treat. Tuesday nights were all about me - she's left the gym now and I'm back to tossing and turning.
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