Whether you are traveling for business or for pleasure, you need to ensure that you get enough sleep so that you are alert throughout the journey. The following are some tips you can follow to ensure that you get the right amount of sleep during your travels.
- Pack proactively
When packing for your trip, ensure that you pack sleeping essentials to your travel kit. These essentials include a sizeable binder clip, a sleep mask, and some disposable foam earplugs. The earplugs are essential, as they will block out most of the noise from your new surroundings. Most people have a hard time sleeping in new surroundings, and the ambient noise of the place can further exacerbate the issue. Noisy late-night hotel guests and slamming doors can also impede your ability to fall asleep soundly throughout the night. The earplugs will make it easier for you to fall asleep, and they will not hinder you from hearing your wake-up call or alarm the next morning.
The sleep mask is supposed to block any light that may hinder you from falling asleep easier as well as tune out other distractions emanating from outside your room. The binder clip is for securing the curtain panels together so that light does not stream in when you are attempting to fall asleep. If you are a regular traveler, then you know that most hotel curtains do not close completely, thus the importance of the binder clip.
- Select your room
Experienced travelers know that not all rooms are the same in the hotel. You need to be precise about the room you will spend your time in. Avoid rooms that are near the elevator, near the lobby, near the breakfast area, or near the vending and ice machines. There is a lot of foot traffic in these locations, and the noise may prevent you from sleeping soundly.
In addition, ask if you can get a room that has a foam mattress. You should have done prior research on the hotel to make sure they have a few rooms with foam mattresses. The best foam mattress is one that is not sunken, is clearly labeled, is visibly clean, and still has its springs intact. A foam mattress will provide you with unmatched comfort that will help you sleep throughout the night.
The key takeaway here is to always make your preferences known to the hotel clerk. Most hotel clerks will happily oblige the guests’ special room requests. This is the quickest way to ensure that you get a goodnight’s sleep.
- Defend your peace and quiet
After settling in your room, you need to take some steps to ensure that nothing gets in between you and some beauty sleep. The first thing you need to do is to make use of the ‘Do Not Disturb Sign’. This will ensure that the housekeeping staff does not interrupt your sleep when they are doing their early morning rounds.
In addition, check the bedside alarm clock before dozing off to sleep. The previous guests have already programmed most of the alarm clocks in the hotel rooms. The hotel staff often forgets to reset these alarm clocks. Thus, ensure that you set your own time on the alarm clock so that you do not oversleep or under-sleep.
Furthermore, run the fan from the heater unit or the AC to generate a little bit of white noise in your room as you sleep. The noise from the heater or the AC will block out any noise or disturbances from outside and the hallway. You can also meditate on the sound the fan produces by concentrating on only it, and you will find yourself falling asleep quickly.