Have you ever traveled for a business trip or for a vacation of some sort and you had issues sleeping? Well, it’s no surprise that the hotel room you stayed during vacation or that friend’s house you bunked in was a little bit unfamiliar to you.
Most times it takes some time to get used to that bed that is not yours. But here are a few tips on how you can beat this issue hands down.
Here are the 5 important tips you can follow to help you sleep better away from home.
Get a good room booked
Before booking a hotel, it’s important you view their website and surf through the images of their rooms.
You should also see the hotel’s rooms and reviews on Yelp, Airbnb or TripAdvisor. Find out if the hotel has got any ongoing renovation work, also check if the hotel is in a busy location, like an airport and – if so – whether it’s got good glazing (triple works OK near an airport)
It would be wise to get a hotel that is not running any sort of renovation to avoid noise, also ensure it’s far from any busy center although there’s obviously a compromise if you need to be close to somewhere early in the day.
If you are staying over at a friend’s house or an Airbnb host’s, you definitely can’t adjust the positioning of the bed. Whether or not it’s the first time you’re visiting, make sure you prepare appropriately and have any necessary stuff in your luggage to help prepare for a good night’s sleep.
If it’s an Airbnb, checking with your host that there’s a blanket or duvet and a pillow (just in case you sleep on the couch) before sleep won’t be a bad idea. Sure, those should be a given but read the info carefully. And if your host is in the same place, ask them when they intend to wake up the next day, so you won’t be taken off guard. That lie-in doesn’t work too well if they’re singing in the shower at some unearthly time of day.
Bring some movies or shows to watch
Watching movies with a happy-ending or listening to cool music before going to bed could help you power up the next morning feeling refreshed. Internet connections aren’t always reliable and sites like Netflix can get twitchy about signing in from a different location so make sure you’ve got all your login details to hand.
Of course, you’ll need to draw the line between doing this “averagely” and over-doing it. Binge watching might make you sleep less. Listening to cool music could also help you relax.
If you are playing from your favorite playlist on your smart device, be sure to turn off all
notifications in order to avoid disturbance. Unwanted bleeps don’t usually add to the ambience.
Take a nice fragrance from home that relaxes you
The perfect fragrance could do the trick for some people. The fragrance just has a way of telling
your senses you are at home. Sometimes you could get irritated by a particular smell that is totally unbearable thereby making it hard for you to sleep. Those aren’t unheard of – locals get used to them and you may only find out from the reviews or (worse still) when you arrive).
So it’s better if you bring a little fragrance along with you but make sure you don’t infringe on any terms and conditions if you plan on burning incense s
Beating the insomnia In a hotel room
If you have been sleeping well at home but when it comes to sleeping well far away from home, it can be really difficult due to insomnia that catches up with you in the hotel room.
The issue can be caused by accumulated sleep you left pending; a messed up routine or you are
suffering from a jet lag. Whatever the case may be, if insomnia has got the better of you in your hotel room:
Check the room temperature – if the air con has turned your room into a fridge or a boiler, that’s not a good idea. Remember that the duvet will likely be a different tog rating to your usual one and adjust the room temperature accordingly.
Also, make sure to turn off the light and any screens because those can hinder sleep. Hotel room curtains aren’t always as thick as you’d expect – if you prefer total darkness then some kind of sleep mask can be a good idea.
Make your bed feels close to what you are used to. If you need to use less than the mountain of pillows supplied or adjust the blankets and duvet, so that soon after you arrive to help you sleep better.
Your night-time routine should be close to the usual one. If you are a big fan of getting soaked in the tub or drinking hot tea before sleeping then soak yourself in the tub and drink hot tea to help you sleep better. Just don’t over-do the alcohol or caffeine as they can disrupt sleep patterns.
Practice good sleeping habits away from home
When you embark on a trip it is unnecessary to throw your good sleep habits away. That is if you intend sleeping better when you are away from home.
Check these things as they can all contribute to a poor night’s sleep:
- Using your devices such as laptops, phone etc. a few minutes or (if you’re a bad sleeper) even an hour or so before bed.
- Working in your bed – it’s not the best place to be writing that last minute report.
- Eating in bed – maybe with the exception of a room service breakfast in bed when you wake up the next morning.
- Eating heavy food too close to bed time.
- Watching television in bed – that applies whether you’re away from home or not!
When it comes to sleeping better away from home, it takes some planning to make it easier. Don’t forget to pack all the necessary things you’ll need (depending on where you’re going to be staying); from your best pillow, a blanket, earplugs and maybe an eye mask to help you sleep much better.
And treat yourself to a hypnosis track to listen to so that you can maximise your chance of a restful night.