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 TravelDailyNews.com article in mind so you can adjust quickly and enjoy every waking minute.
Sleep tips for travelers:
- Avoid taking long naps. Short naps of half an hour or so are less likely to interfere with evening sleep.
- Consider a white noise machine. It helps focus attention without stimulating the brain.
- 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.
- 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.
- Pack strategically. Include a sleep mask, earplugs and even a blanket or pillow for a long drive or flight.
- Avoid alcohol and caffeine. Caffeine can prevent sleep and alcohol can disrupt sleep.
- Keep a familiar routine. Bedtime rituals signal the brain it’s time for rest.
- Pamper yourself. A hot bath or shower can help the body relax and get ready for sleep.
- Bring comfort from your home. Familiar textures and smells help you get rest.
- Ban electronics from bed. Give your mind time to unwind by turning off all
electronics an hour before bed.