I know when planning a proposal the last thing on your mind is sleep, you think I’ll just push right through. That may be easier said then done, it could actually be affecting your professional life as well as your personal relationships.
Sleep is not the first item on the checklist in planning your proposal but it is something that if you don’t make it a priority will cause all kinds of problems with your health.
At Visions Event Studio, we aren’t just concerned with planning a beautiful proposal for your bride-to-be, we want the process to be as stress free as possible. If we can eliminate any unneeded email, phone call or item on your to-do list we jump at the opportunity to take on all of that for you.
Hiring a planner takes away the stress.
Our goal has always been to plan a proposal that your girlfriend had no idea you hired a planner to assist you with while simultaneously allowing you to show up at your own proposal cool, calm and collected. Knowing we have you covered and we are running the show is one of the biggest areas of stress relief we offer.
As we sat down with Sarah from Tuck, a site dedicated to advancing better sleep, she gave us so much useful information on how to not only get adequate sleep but the best sleep possible in high stress times.
Sarah, I will let you take it from here and let our readers here directly from you on the best ways to overcome stress while planning a proposal and making sure to get the sleep they need to function in their careers and in their personal life.
You’ve got the proposal in the works but the accompanying stress is more than enough to keep you awake at night. Unfortunately, lack of sleep can affect both your professional and personal life. There’s some stress that’s inherent with a proposal but it doesn’t need to get in the way of a good night’s rest.
What Happens When You Lose Sleep?
Anytime you get less than seven hours of sleep, which 32 to 34 percent of adults in Illinois do, you enter a state of sleep deprivation. In this state, the body changes its normal mode of operation, starting with the brain. Lack of sleep leads to a heightened sensitivity to negative (or stressful) situations and feelings with a decrease in executive functions like logic and reason. This change further magnifies stress, which can lead to even more sleep loss.
Poor sleep also causes an increase in appetite and food cravings as hunger hormones go up and the rewards center of the brain gets an extra high from foods high in fat and sugar. Chronic sleeplessness can lead to the kind of weight gain that contributes to conditions and illnesses like diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.
However, many of the negative effects of sleep deprivation can be counteracted with a full night’s rest. That’s seven to nine hours for the average adult, but you have to make sleep a priority and develop habits that support hit.
Eat a Healthy, Well-Balanced Diet
Your brain uses external cues like your meal timing to adjust the release of sleep hormones. Eating your meals at approximately the same time and keeping them regularly spaced throughout the day helps establish your sleep cycle.
Also keep in mind that your last meal of the day can have a particularly high impact on the quality of your sleep. Each dinner early and keep it light to prevent sleep-disturbing heartburn and indigestion.
Exercise (But Not Right Before Bed)
Exercise gets your heart pumping and releases endorphins that elevate your mood and energy. It’s also a good way to relieve tension from your muscles. Plus, there’s nothing like a hard workout to make you tired at night.
However, avoid intense workouts within four hours of bedtime. The release of endorphins and rise in body temperature can interfere with the start of your sleep cycle.
Relax Before Bed
Proposal, and future wedding, stress usually peaks at night when daily distractions start to subside, and the mind and body are fatigued. Use your evenings, especially the 30 to 60 minutes before your bedtime, to relax. For example, put on quiet music while you read the newspaper or a book. Whatever you choose to do, be sure it brings your activity level down to prepare for sleep.
Schedule Your Bedtime
You may think bedtimes are only for kids, but adults need them too. Though your life may already be busy, proposing is going to add a long list of tasks that will need to be completed in the next few months. You may not have to actually schedule your bedtime, but you’ll need to commit to it. When you go to bed at the same time every night, you strengthen your body’s response to sleep hormones and train your brain to anticipate the start of your sleep cycle.
You can’t eliminate all the stress of proposing, but you can take steps to make sure it doesn’t get in the way of your professional and personal relationships. Eat right, exercise, and get to bed on time so you’re presenting your best self when you propose.