Sleep Well: 10 Tips

Whether you plan to travel for a loved one’s wedding or on business, one of the most important elements of a successful trip is high-quality sleep. Unfortunately, many individuals have difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep when away from home.

In this blog, we list 10 tips that can help you get better sleep when staying in a hotel during travel.

1. Choose a Reputable Hotel

When you stay in a hotel, reserve a room with a hotel that you know and love or a hotel with great reviews. If you feel stressed because you’re in a lower quality hotel or a bad neighborhood, that tension can affect how you sleep.

2. Consider a Hotel With Amenities and Attractions

When looking at hotels, consider a place with dining and entertainment options, as well as the amenities you need. With onsite options, you can visit or conduct business at your hotel and then go straight up to bed. This measure eliminates an exhausting extra trip at the end of a long day.

3. Book a Room Away From Exits

If you can choose the location of your room, book a room that’s farther away from common noise sources. Look for a room on the second or third floor, in the middle of the level. This positioning decreases the risk of noise disturbances after you’re already asleep.

4. Bring Familiar Comfort Objects

Most people sleep easier surrounded by familiarity, which is one of the reasons that some individuals struggle with sleep on trips. Pack your favorite pajamas, a familiar scent, or even your own pillowcase to make your room feel like your own.

5. Hang Your “Do Not Disturb” Sign

If you wake up unexpectedly, it can make your sleep feel less restful. Housekeeping can begin their rounds early, so hang your “do not disturb” sign before you retire for the evening.

6. Practice Relaxation

Before you try to sleep, give yourself some time to unwind. Read, take a warm bath, or chat with your family back home to relax.

7. Reduce Your Distractions Near the Bed

When you travel, especially for business, it’s easy to let distractions keep you up at night. Reduce your distractions by charging your electronics somewhere else in the room, turning off the television, and playing white noise to cover any ambient sounds.

8. Set a Cool Temperature

Most people sleep best in a cool, but not cold, room. Crack open a window or set the temperature to a setting that’s comfortable for you. If you find yourself thinking about the temperature, adjust the setting until it feels completely comfortable.

9. Shift Your Bedtime Before the Trip

When you travel, you may go to sleep at a different time than at home. Whether you plan to stay up later to attend nighttime events or you’re traveling to a different time zone, give yourself an adjustment period before you go on your trip. If possible, go to bed at your travel bedtime for at least three days before you leave.

10. Stay Hydrated

Travel, especially via airplane, can leave you feeling groggy. One of the best ways to combat fatigue and fogginess is through adequate hydration.

Increase your water intake a day or two before you leave and carry a water bottle while you travel. Adequate hydration ensures that you’re clear headed during the day and that you’re ready for restful sleep at the end of the day. Just make sure you stop drinking water a few hours before you try to sleep to avoid midnight bathroom trips.

Remember these tips during your next trip to ensure that you feel energized and well-rested for whatever your travels may bring.