As the busiest holiday period is upon us, people around the globe begin their year end traveling - either short or long haul. Having sleepless nights while traveling can put a dampener on your holiday especially when you have a packed itinerary. Here are some tips to get better sleep while enroute to your holiday destination or in your hotel room.
In the Plane
1) Bring a Travel Pillow - having a pillow to sleep during your flight can make it a lot more comfortable and it helps to prevent neck strains. Get the inflatable type that can be packed easily into your luggage.
2) Stay Hydrated - dehydration can cause poor sleep, so do drink plenty of water during your flight.
3) Stay no to stimulants - having a small glass of wine on the plane can help to make you drowsy but too much alcohol can inhibit sleep. Also avoid tea or coffee when you are just about to sleep.
In your Hotel Room
1) Choose your Hotel room carefully - choose your room that is located midway along a hallway as it is usually quieter. Avoid rooms which are near pools, vending machines or exits.
2) Establish a Sleep Pattern - go to bed around the same time every night so that your body adjusts to the sleep pattern gradually.
3) Go easy on Gadgets - stop using light emitting devices at least 2 hours before your bed time so as to reduce your chances of having insomnia.
4) Eat in Moderation - having a light dinner helps to prevent hunger pangs while keeping you adequately full. Being very hungry or being very full can both inhibit the quality of your sleep.
5) Watch your Liquid Intake after 8pm - this is a no brainer. Don't drink too much to avoid too many bathroom trips at night.
6) Wind Down - refrain from exercising or working just before you sleep because your thoughts remain active even after you hit your sheets.
7) Adjust to your Hotel Environment - a pair of noise cancelling headphones can help to block out external noise. If you are sensitive to light, wear your eye shades and draw your hotel room curtains.
Happy holidays everyone!!