Sleeping Tips for Travelers

It’s vacation season. And no matter how exotic or familiar your travel destination, it’s bound to affect your sleep. As you journey to a new location, and possibly a new time zone, keep the following tips from this June 26 article in mind so you can adjust quickly and enjoy every waking minute.

Sleep tips for travelers:

  1. Avoid taking long naps. Short naps of half an hour or so are less likely to interfere with evening sleep.
  2. Consider a white noise machine. It helps focus attention without stimulating the brain.
  3. Adjust quickly to local time. Try to eat at the same time as the locals and try to stay awake as long as possible during daylight hours.
  4. Choose the right hotel room. Check out reviews and complaints on TripAdvisor or Yelp. Request a room on a higher floor, away from elevators to get away from street noise and loud guests.
  5. Pack strategically. Include a sleep mask, earplugs and even a blanket or pillow for a long drive or flight.
  6. Avoid alcohol and caffeine. Caffeine can prevent sleep and alcohol can disrupt sleep.
  7. Keep a familiar routine. Bedtime rituals signal the brain it’s time for rest.
  8. Pamper yourself. A hot bath or shower can help the body relax and get ready for sleep.
  9. Bring comfort from your home. Familiar textures and smells help you get rest.
  10. Ban electronics from bed. Give your mind time to unwind by turning off all
    electronics an hour before bed.
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