Important Tips for Better Sleep When You Travel

Whether you like to travel for leisure or are required to travel for work, you might have mixed feelings about getting to and from the destination. Once you arrive, it’s nice to relax and get situated. However, the long flights and commutes can really wear a person down. This is why it’s even more essential to make sure that you get really good rest when you travel. Unfortunately, there are many people who feel out of sorts when they’re not sleeping in their own bed. Thankfully, there are ways to get over that. Consider these important tips for better sleep when it’s time for you to travel.

1. Use a familiar scent.
Sometimes, familiar scents can help you relax. Consider putting your pillowcase in a plastic bag and seal it. Just before it’s time to go to bed, pull the pillowcase out of the plastic bag and put it on the hotel pillow. The familiar scent of home can relax you and help you get a good night’s rest. It’s also a good idea to consider the use of specific perfumes or essential oils. Lavender and vanilla are scents that tend to relax many people. Consider carrying a small vial of oil with you and lightly adding a few drops of the oil on your pillowcase before it’s time to go to sleep.

2. Bring a book.
It’s best to stay away from electronics before bed. This is mainly because you don’t want to run the risk of your brain’s inability to shut down due to the stimulating lights of cell phones, laptops and tablets. Instead, bring a really good book and read a few pages before bed.

3. Bring a comfortable travel pillow.
Not only are travel pillows amazing for the times when you’re uncomfortable on the plane, they’re also perfect for when you’d like something familiar to sleep. Some people don’t like the pillows in the hotel because they might be too firm, too soft or too new. Sometimes, it’s nice to use a pillow that’s a little worn in already.

4. Wear an eye mask.
Many hotels provide curtains that completely shut out the natural light from the outdoors. This isn’t the case with all hotels and sometimes, some people need more to cover their eyes. The weight of an eye mask can help some people fall asleep faster. If you prefer to have the room pitch-black before you go to sleep, consider wearing an eye mask before bedtime. If you don’t have an eye mask, a black t-shirt can do the trick.

5. Drink a hot cup of tea.
There’s nothing like drinking a hot cup of tea after taking a shower and a long day of traveling. A cup of tea can help relax the body and the warm sensation can prove to be very soothing. Make sure to choose teas like peppermint and chamomile. It’s important to choose a flavor that’ll support your desire to go to bed. Don’t choose caffeinated teas or a large cup of coffee. This will provide the opposite effect.

6. Take a sleep aid.
When some people think about sleep aids, they grow considered because they don’t want to deal with drugs. However, there are plenty of safe sleep aids that you can consume and they will help you drift off to a peaceful sleep. You don’t have to wake up with a groggy feeling if you choose the right ones. You also don’t have to worry about getting addicted, but it’s all about choosing the right aid and the right dosage. Melatonin is a popular sleep aid and is easy to find in most drug stores. If you’re feeling concerned, talk to your primary care physician before taking anything.

7. Use a sound machine app.
If you have a sound machine at home, chances are that it’s on the larger side and would be expensive to pack in your suitcase. Thankfully, there are lots of sound machine apps on many smartphones. Plus, if you use any music apps like Spotify or YouTube, it’s easy to pull up hours of video that feature sounds like ocean waves crashing or the rainforest. Make sure to dim the screen and put it on the nighttime mode that the light doesn’t keep you awake.

Adam Richards

About Adam Richards

Adam Richards is a semi-retired business professional originally from Bangor, Maine. He spent the majority of his career in sales and marketing where he rose to the marketing lead of a Fortune 1000 company. He then moved on to helping people as a career counselor that specifically helped bring families to self-sufficiency through finding them rewarding careers. He has now returned to Bangor for his retirement and spends his free time writing. This blog will be about everything he learned throughout his career. He'll write on career, workplace, education and technology issues as well as on trends, changes, and advice for the Maine job market and its employers.