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One of the most challenging aspects of travel can be the lack of sleep. Whether it’s changing time zones, taking the red eye, or a noisy hotel room, sleepiness is the last thing you need when you’re out of your element.
Here are a few ways to get more sleep on your next trip.
Pick your seat wisely.
Sleeping on a plane isn’t easy, especially when you’re crammed in economy. However, I do have a few tips that will set you up for success.
First, if you’re really prioritizing sleep, go for the window. It’ll give you something to learn against. Avoid sitting in an area where people congregate, like near the bathrooms. Doors opening and closing, toilets flushing, people chatting as they wait are disruptions you don’t need.
And lastly, here’s a pro tip: Win the crew over with treats. Cookies or chocolates go a long way with flight attendants and gate agents. A five or ten-dollar thank you investment might reward you with a more premo seat.
Embrace the bendable headrest.
Did you know many airplane headrests move? That’s right, you bend the sides to better cradle your head!
Bring an eye mask and ear plugs.
Noise and light play a huge role in whether or not you get a good night’s sleep. Whether it’s on a plane or in a hotel, an eye mask and ear plugs can go a long way. For flights, noise canceling headphones work wonders.
Stock up on warm, cozy items.
I always travel with a pair of cozy socks or slippers, and a scarf or light travel blanket. You can’t sleep soundly if you’re freezing!
Download the White Noise app (and pack a bluetooth speaker)
Sometimes it’s quiet….Too quiet. That can be a problem for those of us needing a good night’s rest. The White Noise App is a great thing to have on your phone when you’re trying to relax in an unfamiliar place. For maximum oomph, sync your phone to a Bluetooth speaker for a more robust white noise experience.
The only place drier than an airplane might be a hotel room. Add some moisture back into your environment with this portable humidifier. It’s small, quiet and helps you in your quest for feeling refreshed on the road.
Travel with a Lavender Essential Oil Roller
Lavender calms and soothes, and this tiny rollerball is the perfect thing to stash in your travel bag. Simply roll it on your wrists, behind your ears, and neck and you’re on your way to Relaxation Town, USA.
Take your Melatonin
I honestly don’t know what I’d do without my “Tony” for long-haul flights. it occurs naturally in your body so you’re not taking a drug, and it doesn’t completely knock you out like a sleeping pill. It just relaxes you, like you had a nice hot bath. It can also help get you on track with a new time zone—just know that there really is no magic pill for jetlag.
Bring your own tea
A handful of tea bags take up zero space in your luggage. Bring a few bags of chamomile or sleep-inducing blends, add hot water and you’re set.
Take a relaxing bath.
Baths are a polarizing topic. Some people hate them, others love them. If you’re a bath person, taking one in a nice hotel is one of life’s greatest pleasures. So relaxing after a long day of travel or sightseeing! When you’re staying somewhere nice, bring a few bath bombs or fancy bath salts with pretty dried flowers. The best part (and I am sorry for saying this, housekeeping) is that you don’t have to scrub the tub afterward. It’s literally someone else’s job to do that! Just be sure to leave a nice tip for the staff.
The Calm App
This hand app covers everything calm-related, from quelling Anxiety to getting some Zzzzzzs. Guided meditations to help you relax; bedtime stories help you fall asleep; gentle yoga and stretching routines to soothe the body; plus many more features designed you’re guaranteed to love.
What do you do to sleep better when you travel? Share in the comments!