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Even if someone truly enjoys traveling, frequent travel can still be very disruptive to their lives, particularly to their ability to sleep properly. It’s a common problem that frequent travelers have to deal with all the time.
If you fancy yourself as someone who enjoys getting away from home on a regular basis, you have hopefully resolved any sleep issues you might have experienced while traveling. If not, here’s six interesting tips that could help you develop a process to help you sleep better when away from home.
1. Stay With Your Routine
Your body operates a lot based on body function memory. The best chance you’ll likely ever have to sleep consistently away from home is if you have an established bedtime routine that works no matter where you might be. If you want consistent sleep while traveling, you should try to standardize the times you go to sleep and awaken, the foods you eat prior to bedtime, the taking of a warm bath, setting the room temperature and getting exercise prior to bedtime. If you’re used to bedtime yoga, make sure to plan in some time for a yoga session while traveling, too. If traveling to other time zones, you might have to adjust bedtime a little.
2. Include Sleep Accessories When Necessary
When you sleep at home, you are in an environment you have already designed to maximize your ability to get a good night’s sleep. On the road, it’s difficult to find an environment that matches what you have at home. Unexpectedly, many times travelers actually sleep better in hotels because the decor, especially the mattress, gets replaced at regular intervals, and most of the major hotel chains have come to realize just how important a good mattress is and have invested in high-quality mattresses. Having a new mattress at home can make a real difference in the quality of sleep we get at home. Especially when you travel a lot, it feels great to come home to a mattress that you know you’ll sleep comfortably on. Another way you can try to create a better sleeping environment is by employing the use of sleep accessories. You might benefit from earplugs or headphones to drown out noise and an eye mask to help keep things dark enough to help you sleep. These sleep accessories are especially helpful while traveling.
3. Soothing Music
Some people will swear by the positive effects soothing music has on the sleeping process. The good thing about music is that you can take it with you wherever you go. You can actually experiment with finding music that helps you sleep at home. If it works at home, it might be something that will work just as well when you are traveling. There are plenty of apps that help you fall asleep, and if music doesn’t work for you, try one of the many “Boring Stories To Put You To Sleep” podcasts.
4. Be Active
When traveling, you probably have designated plans. At issue is the possibility that your plans include a lot of sightseeing or business meetings that don’t make much room for physical exercise. That’s an issue that might affect your ability to fall asleep and stay asleep long enough to get good rest. When away from home, you need to allot some time for exercise and activities that will help wear you out before bedtime. Most hotels have a gym right in the hotel. The benefits of exercise are well documented. If you’re an active person and exercise regularly having to skip workouts, it can greatly affect your ability to rest. And even if your hotel doesn’t have a gym, as mentioned above, it’s easy to do a bedtime yoga session right in your room. If you don’t travel with a yoga mat – a makeshift “towel mat” will do. No excuses!
5. Don’t Stress Over Sleep Issues
For a lot of people, it only takes one or two nights of bad sleep to get them stressing over sleep issues. The problem is stressing over sleep issues usually ends up causing more sleep issues. If you have trouble sleeping a night or two, you should just roll with it and not let it bother you. Spend the time resting and eventually, your body will claim whatever sleep it needs. If your sleep issues last for longer than a few days, it might be worth giving natural sleep aids such as lavender or melatonin a try, but try to stay away from chemical over-the-counter sleep medicine.
If you are investing the time and money to travel, you really don’t want sleep issues interfering with the quality of your travels. The good news is any combination of the aforementioned tips will help you get good sleep no matter where you are laying your head.