Getting A Good Night's Rest @ Your Hotel

The importance of a good night’s sleep when traveling is key to enjoying everything a destination has to offer.  Some people find it difficult to sleep away from the comfort of their own bed in unfamiliar surroundings.  Adults require about seven to eight hours of sleep each night to function at an optimal level. 

To help bolster your travel health, the following strategies might help you get the sleep you need so that you can enjoy your trip to the fullest!

Stick to your routine.  Whenever possible, try to go to sleep and to wake up around the same time that you would at home.  Sticking to your routine will help keep you in sync.

Stay on the go. Travel implies exercise and as little as 20 or 30 minutes of it will make it easier for you to fall asleep at bedtime. Scientific studies show that working out too close to bedtime can actually disrupt sleep so it is best to get that walk or run done at least five hours before bedtime. Exercise and natural sunlight during the day will help you fall asleep at night.

Make everything comfy. Take a look around your hotel room and make any adjustments to it before hitting the sack. Check the thermostat or air-conditioner to make sure you won’t be too hot or too cold during the night.  If you don’t want to wake up to morning light and are bothered by city light at night, make sure your curtains are closed.  Another good solution to blocking light is to wear a sleep mask.  Check the faucets to make sure they aren’t dripping and, don’t forget the “do not disturb” sign on your door.

Block out the white noise. One way to do this is to try deep breathing exercises or to try to forget about noise by visualizing tranquil settings.  Another solution is to wear earplugs.  There are also plenty of white noise and guided meditation apps that you can play on your phone to help you sleep.

Turn off the phone.  If you really don’t want to be disturbed, turn off your cell phone, but leave it on the nightstand by the bed for easy access. Call the front desk of the hotel and ask them to send all phone messages to voicemail so your sleep is not interrupted.