Most people figure out how to get a reasonably good night’s sleep when at home in their own beds. It’s a lucky few who can actually get a good night’s sleep no matter where they decide to lay their head down. For the people who can’t seem to sleep well while traveling, not sleeping well threatens to ruin their travel plans.
The best way to ensure you can get adequate sleep no matter where you might be is to develop good sleep habits you can employ anywhere. To help you do just that, here’s six tips worthy of your consideration.
1. Choose Familiar Surroundings When Possible
If you travel a lot, you need to figure out how to sleep well in other environments. Aside from employing good sleeping habits (eating right, exercising), you should try to use the same hotel brand wherever you go to maximize the chances each room will be similar. You might also try standardizing your travel sleep routine.
2. Selecting the Right Accommodations
If you don’t have access to the hotel brand you prefer, you should adjust your focus to finding accommodations that would be most conducive to sleep. A good place to start would be requesting a room in a quiet part of the hotel. You might also want to confirm the bedding is going to be comfortable enough to suit your needs.
3. Being Active While Traveling
A great precursor to getting good sleep anywhere is being tired enough that the body just shuts down to get the rest it needs. When traveling, you likely have a planned agenda. Hopefully, that agenda includes allowing you an opportunity to get exercise. That could play a role is making sure you get good sleep.
4. Adjusting Sleeping Schedule Prior to Travel
If you plan on being away from home for more than a few days, you don’t want to lose time to jet lag. That’s a possible issues if your travel plans require you to pass through other time zones. To keep from losing time to jet lag, you can start adjusting your biological clock to your destination timezone a few days before you actually travel. That might require going to bed earlier or later than normal.
5. Take Familiar Sleep Items
Familiarity breeds comfort when it comes to sleeping. If you struggle to sleep properly away from home, you might want to consider taking some of the items you surround yourself with when sleeping in your own bed. It might be your favorite music, a blanket/pillow or sleeping aids like a blindfold.
6. Eat Pro-sleep Foods Away from Home
You can improve your overall sleep by eating certain foods no matter where you might be. People who eat a lot of fruits, nuts and green vegetables tend to sleep better than people who don’t. While traveling, controlling your diet is a challenge because you usually aren’t preparing your meals. Given that reality, you need to learn how to pick restaurant menu items that might help deliver better sleep.
If you travel frequently, you should try different combinations of the aforementioned tips until you find what works. The time you spend experimenting will be well worth it when you start awakening feeling just as fresh away from home as you do when you awaken in your own bed.