Sleep and Travel – Don’t Let Being on the Move Disturb Your Sleep
Traveling can be a big hindrance to maintaining your regular sleep cycle. It doesn’t matter if you are traveling on business or for pleasure, the idea of sleeping in a place other than your own bedroom can seem like quite a challenge. This becomes worse, when the place you are staying in does not have a favorable sleeping environment.
According to a study conducted by the National Sleep Foundation, most of the 1,004 travelers who were surveyed agreed that their homes were much better than even a very fancy hotel when it came to getting some sleep. 62% of the people said that they preferred the pillows back home and 56% preferred their own sheets. 55% felt that their mattresses were much better, while 59% stated that the major difference was that their sleeping environment back home felt much quieter.
However, there are a few things to try to ensure a better night’s sleep when traveling. Here are just a few of them
Book the Right Room
If you are going to stay in a hotel, make sure you book the right room. Sometimes hotels can be the noisiest of places due to parties and other events that take place on a regular basis. Rooms located in the middle of the hallway are usually quieter since they are away from facilities such as ice vending machines, housekeeping closets, and other areas known to be noisy.
Also, avoid rooms near pool areas as pool areas tend to be a gathering ground for people who are looking to socialize and party. Make sure your room is located at least 2 to 3 floors away from banquet halls, bars, or clubs as well. These places can get pretty loud too and the sound can easily travel into your room if it is located too close. All the sleep aids in the world won’t be much use if your night is one long rendetion of “Agadoo’, thanks to the bachelor party down the hall.
Don’t Forget to Pack Your Sleep Aids
Make sure you don’t forget to pack some simple sleeping necessities such as comfortable nightwear, earplugs, and sleeping masks. They can be quite helpful in improving your quality of sleep while traveling. So, make sure they get into your luggage somehow, even if it means squeezing them in.
Hotels do tend to follow a fixed schedule when it comes to services such as housekeeping. So, make sure you inform the staff about not being disturbed or at least hang the “Do Not Disturb” sign outside your door if you don’t want someone to wake you up in the middle of your slumber after a big night out.
Watch Your Nighttime Habits
Avoid having rich or large meals before going to bed. The temptation to indulge in the local cuisine while traveling can be very strong, but keep that for the daytime. A light meal should suffice before bedtime. You can also try to soothe yourself to sleep with warm beverages such as chamomile tea as it is known to induce sleep. But avoid caffeine before bedtime at all costs.
If you have certain habits such as reading a book or listening to music before sleeping, do not give them when you’re traveling. Continue those habits as they will act as indicators for your brain and body to go to sleep even if it is slightly confused by the unfamiliar sleep surroundings.