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Have a tough time sleeping away from home? We understand, it can be difficult to sleep in new and unfamiliar places. Even luxurious hotels can feel strange to sleep in simply because they are not what you are used to. Which is why we are here to help with our top 12 ways on how to sleep better away from home.
These tips will help you get some sleep while traveling. Along with some tips on how to make your new sleeping environment feel a bit more like home. All so you can get some rest and enjoy yourself more. Keep reading to find out how you can sleep comfortably anywhere.
In order to sleep away from home, you have to travel away from home.
Whether you are on a road trip, taking a flight, or perhaps traveling by train we highly recommend getting some sleep during your travels. Of course, if you are traveling by car, you will need multiple drivers in order to do this.
It isn’t always easy to sleep while traveling, keep reading for more detailed tips on how to get better sleep-in transit.
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This makes it much easier to catch a few ZZZs on the plane, train, or whatever else is taking you to your destination. Comfort is vital when it comes to traveling, as traveling tends to be an uncomfortable situation.
Comfortable shoes are also a must so that you can remain comfortable when standing in line, or walking. If you can remain comfortable, this will help ease any frustrations that often come alone with travel.
Of course, we recommend bringing some comfortable pajamas to wear for when you are sleeping away from home as well. Keep in mind the climate or where you will be staying and whether or not you will have heat or AC. This may drastically change the kinds of pajamas you will want to pack.
Not only are earplugs and headphones a must have on airplanes, they are great to have once you reach your hotel, or wherever you are going to be staying. Even if you are in a relatively quiet location, there can still be some unknown sounds that make it difficult to zone out and get to sleep.
If you sleep with a white noise machine at home, we highly suggest bringing it with you or getting an app that you can use wherever you go. This way you block out any unwanted noises so that you can avoid disruptions and instead get some great sleep.
Your pillow comfort preferences are very particular to you. The wrong pillow can easily ruin a good night’s sleep. If your hotel pillow is too poofy or flat for how you like to sleep. Then it is going to be rather difficult to get to sleep and stay comfortable throughout the night.
Which is why if you really want to ensure a great night’s sleep away from home, pack your pillow from home. This way you know for sure that you are going to have the pillow comfort you already know and love. A big bonus is that you will have the comforting smell of home with you as well.
Check out our review for this unique travel pillow: Infinity Pillow Review
While most hotels are pretty great at utilizing quality black out curtains, you never want to get stuck in a situation where one bright alarm clock is keeping you up by lighting up the entire room.
A good eye mask will help you get sleep anytime, anywhere. This can be especially helpful if you are switching time zones for short periods of time and need to grab sleep when it is still daylight outside. Eye masks are a huge help on planes and trains for better sleep as well. Perfect for blocking out light screens or open windows, so you can rest no matter what the other people in the cabin are up to.
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Feeling homesick? Bring a sentimental item that is easy to travel with and will remind you of home. Try to make it something that will warm your heart, but is also replaceable. For example, pictures are great or comfortable blankets.
Anything irreplaceable can be at risk of getting lost in transit, which would be very unfortunate. Perhaps a used t-shirt of your loved one to snuggle up with at night. For kids this may look like a lovey or their favorite blanket/toy.
Whatever the item is, it is made to give you a piece of home to carry with you and bring your comfort so you can get to sleep a little bit easier at night.
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When planning clothing for traveling, it is a good idea to pack layers. The weather can change and if you pack layers you can either bundle up or wear less depending on the climate that day.
We also suggest wearing layers while traveling to your destination. This way you can easily cool off or warm up by simply shedding a few layers or putting them back on. Planes often get a bit chilly in flight and then heat up while everyone is waiting to get off the plane. This can be rather uncomfortable if you don’t have a way to stay warm or cool off.
A blanket from home can be a great way to stay warm on the plane, or to have a little bit of home to sleep with when you are sleeping away from home.
The recycled are in airplanes is notorious for drying out eyes, nose, throat, skin, and hair. Which is not only uncomfortable, but can always lead to headaches and even make it easier to catch a cold or get sinus infections. Which is why it is so important to stay as hydrated as possible.
Vacations also commonly lead to drinking a few more cocktails than usual. Yet another reason to ensure you drink more than enough water. Dehydration can easily ruin your sleep and make you feel awful when waking up the next morning. So be sure to stay extra hydrated when traveling.
Learn more about the importance hydration has on sleep in our post: Sleep & Hydration
Whether you take important prescription medications, or you just like to use sleep aids when traveling, we highly recommend keeping your important medications with you in your carry on. This is not only to ensure you will have your sleep aids in order to get to sleep at night or in flight.
It is also vital for your health and safety. Cargo items are often lost and can take a few days to be found. Which is why you should always pack important medications in your carry-on bag with you.
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Having trouble sleeping away from home? Try utilizing some relaxation exercises. Our stress levels and anxiety tend to go up when we are in unfamiliar places. Which is why having a relaxation exercise in order to help calm nerves can be vital for getting to sleep.
Breathing exercises can be calming and even done while laying down in bed. While stretching and yoga can also be a great way to calm your body and prepare for sleep.
Check out some of our favorite relaxation exercises in our post: Bedtime Relaxation Exercises
If you typically listen to music, or watch a specific TV before heading off to bed at home. Try to do the same for heading off to bed in your hotel room. It is easy and sometimes fun to try new things or watch something different in your hotel room.
However, if you really struggle to get to sleep when away from home, then it will be helpful to make your new environment feel as much like home as possible. The familiar music or show will make it feel more like home. The familiar sights and sounds will send signals to your brain that it is time to relax and go to sleep.
Thinking about taking the TV out of your bedroom? Learn more in our post: Pros and Cons to Having a TV in Your Bedroom
For those who travel often and no matter what can’t seem to get to sleep away from home, you may find sleep aids to be incredibly helpful. Melatonin is a one of the best natural sleep aids out there. It is what your body produces naturally in order to induce sleep. Making it a great option for transitioning to a different time zone, or just to help you get to sleep in a new place.
There are also many sleep-inducing teas that can be a great way to help soothe yourself to sleep when you’re out of town.
Discover more natural sleep aid options in our post: Natural Sleep Aid Guide
The real secret to getting to sleep away from home, is really no secret at all. It is all about feeling relaxed and comfortable. Whether you practice relaxation exercises, or you try to make your new space feel as much like home as possible. Find what works best for you and stick with it. We hope this tips and tricks help you to get the best sleep possible away from home. Always remember that the more you sleep away from home, the easier it will become.
If you have any tips on how you manage to sleep better away from home we would love to hear from you. Contact us with your helpful tips and we’ll gladly add them to our guide!