If you’re like many travelers, you don’t sleep very well away from home. Maybe it’s the excitement or maybe you’re home sick- regardless of the reason, however, sleep is one the most important things to get enough of while traveling. Getting a good night’s sleep will help protect your immune system and provide you with the energy to do the things on your agenda. So, what can you do if you don’t sleep well? Take these tips into consideration.
Traveling by plane, bus, train, or car.
Traveling in a moving vehicle may put you to sleep easily, but the sleep you get isn’t the best quality and won’t have the same result as an hour long nap in a bed. Even after sleeping a few hours on the plane, you might still feel tired. To get the best sleep you can while moving, follow these tips.
- Block out sunlight. You can do this by investing in a sleep mask, but if you don’t want to purchase one, you can also consider the good old hoodie trick, which involves wearing a hooded sweatshirt backwards and pulling the hood over your face.
- Cut down on the noise. Traveling can be noisy- especially on a plane, train, or bus where there are strangers down every aisle. Consider bringing a pair of noise cancelling headphones or earplugs to cut down on the amount of noise around you while you try to get a good sleep.
- Bring sleep aids. By this, we suggest bringing comfort items from home. This can include neck pillows, soft blankets, and anything else that helps you to relax.
Sleeping at a hotel or motel.
Once you arrive at your destination (or simply stop for the night to get some rest), you’re going to want to get a good night’s sleep. This can be challenging for some, however, as falling asleep in unfamiliar surroundings can be nerve wracking. To get a good night’s sleep at a hotel, motel, or bed and breakfast, keep these tips in mind.
- Stick to your schedule. If you have a bedtime schedule at home, try to stick to it while you’re away from home. This can be tricky, but if you can manage it, your body will thank you and reward you with restful sleep.
- Adjust the atmosphere. Before you attempt to go to sleep, make the room fit your liking. Close the curtains if you need to, fluff the pillows, close the bathroom door, or turn on a lamp if you need a dim light t drift off.
- Turn off the phone. By phone, we mean both the hotel room phone and your personal cell phone. Phones can be distracting, and even if they don’t ring, the possibility of them ringing can be enough to keep you awake, anxiously awaiting someone to call and wake you up.
- Workout before bed. Although working out is the last thing you want to do on vacation, try going for a 30 minute jog before you close your eyes for the night.