• Amy Painter

Getting a Good Night’s Sleep While Traveling

Let’s face it: getting a good night’s rest while you’re traveling abroad can be difficult, especially if you’re a frequent traveler. Jet setting from one timezone to another can leave you lagging behind and desperate for another few hours of sleep in the morning.

When you’re traveling, your entire daily routine and schedule changes, which can easily make it difficult to reach the recommended seven to nine hours of rest. Having a changing routine and being in a new environment while traveling can contribute to poor sleep hygiene. As a result, it’s important to have a few tricks up your sleeve to ensure proper rest while traveling. Here are four tips to getting some priceless sleep while you’re in a new environment.

Prepare a Sleep Strategy 

It takes one day per time zone for your body to properly adjust to the change, so if you’re planning a trip, prepare a few days before you embark by going to bed an hour earlier or later, depending on your trip’s location. As the departure date gets closer, add an additional hour to ensure that your body will quickly adjust to the new time zone. 

Stick with the Local Schedule (Typically)

This trick can be difficult depending on when you land at your destination, but acclimating to your destination’s local schedule will help your body adjust in the days to come. For instance, if you land during the daytime or afternoon at your new location, try to stay awake and enjoy the day until nighttime. If you’re worried about being too tired after your long flight, try to sleep on the plane to catch a few hours of extra sleep before arriving.

Get and Stay Active

Getting up and getting active in the mornings is one of the best ways to signal to your body that it’s time to be awake and begin your day. As you make a routine of being active while on your vacation, your body will recognize your activity and make it easier for you to relax and sleep at night. Any kind of activity, whether long walks to explore a city, running or biking, can all work to engage your body during the day and help you sleep better at night after expending a good amount of energy earlier on.

Include Sleep Accessories in your Routine

If you’re someone who is overly sensitive to light or any kind of noise while you’re trying to fall asleep, this tip might help you the most. It’s always a good idea to bring along a few key accessories to help you get a good night’s rest while you’re away from home.

Invest in a set of earplugs or an eye mask to block out the senses that are keeping you awake. Also, if you’re planning to sleep on the plane or any other noisy area, a good pair of noise-cancelling headphones will go a long way.

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