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Sleep Tight

Big Day Tomorrow

GETTING a good night’s sleep before your wedding day is absolutely essential. Every activity that you do each day is affected by your previous nights sleep. An energetic, happy day will depend on how well you have rested the night before. Going without sleep is intensely stressful, with unpredictable short and long-term effects. People lose the ability to act and think coherently if they have had insufficient sleep. If you are not a good sleeper then topping your health and beauty regime leading up to your wedding day should be working on establishing a good sleep routine. What happens to your body if you go without getting enough vital sleep? • Your heart will become untamed, which can cause stress and high blood pressure.

energy is available, grehlin is responsible for hunger. Lack of sleep causes these hormones to go a little crazy and it won’t be long before you gain weight.

Lack of sleep taxes the immune system, and may even lead to disease and premature aging. So how do you get a good night’s sleep?

• Sleep regenerates the neurons in the cerebral cortex of the brain.

• Keep to a common schedule of sleep each day. • Do not have too much caffeine and nicotine. • Do not eat heavy meals or drink alcohol before bedtime. Eating too much at night prevents good digestion. • Exercise more. Exercising in the morning is a great way to improve your sleep. Late hour exercising is not advisable. • Avoid taking afternoon naps. • Make sure your bed is comfortable. • Do not lie in bed too long without falling asleep. If you are still awake after 45 minutes, get up and do something relaxing.

Remember, sleep is one of the most important things contributing to a healthy lifestyle and it is up to you to follow these tips and get yourself on the right track for your big day.

Too many late night outings ages you and affects your blood. Blood starts forgetting how to do the basics like metabolising glucose or completing tasks like regulating blood sugar.

Not getting enough sleep can affect your weight. Leptin and grehlin are the hormones that encrypt eating information. While leptin regulates appetite and tells the brain how much

34 • REAL BRIDES • 1 March 2012


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