Sleeping Tips for the Traveller

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Now that a few Covid-19 travel restrictions are slowly starting to lift in a few places, a lot of people are starting to plan for that trip that either got postponed, or that has been on their mind for the past year and a half while in quarantine.  

If you do plan on traveling in the near future, it is important to think about your sleeping arrangements for when you are away, whether you are staying relatively close to home, or you are boarding a plane to fly to a different time zone. Don’t let a poor night’s sleep ruin your vacation.

Here are a few tips for getting a good night’s sleep while away from home;

Stick to your own sleep schedule

If you are staying within the same time zone (or even if it’s different by around an hour or two), try to go to bed and wake up as close to your normal times as you possibly can. Sticking to a familiar bedtime routine will also be helpful. Make sure you also get lots of exercise during the daytime, this way you will be tired at night and it will be easier to fall asleep.  

Make adjustments to the current time zone

Jet lag is no fun to have to deal with when traveling. As difficult as it may be, try to accustom yourself to the current time zone in order to make the most of your trip. If you have to take an overnight flight, try and get some sleep on the plane if you can. If there is still daylight when you arrive, try and stay awake as much as you can in order to properly adjust your body and go to sleep once it’s dark out.

Bring any necessary sleep aids

If there is something that helps you to sleep better, be sure to bring it! Many travelers use earplugs or a portable white noise machine to sleep, especially in a hotel. Taking melatonin before bed while away can also be helpful in helping your body to maintain its regular sleep/wake schedule.  

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