Do you find it harder to sleep well when you are traveling? Don’t fret, it’s a totally normal response from your brain deciding to become more alert when sleeping in a new place. Your brain is trying to protect you from dangers by making it more susceptible to disturbances including a flickering light in the hotel room or a honking car outside. But there are things you can prepare to deal with these animal instincts to get a better night’s sleep.
Think of location for starters – the top floor should be the quietest, and staying away from a busy street would be good. Think of what to bring – eye masks and earplugs are no brainers and can do wonders. You could also consider bringing a pillow you like.
Another good tip for sleeping anywhere is to reduce and avoid screen time before bed. Both laptop and smartphone screens send signals to the brain making it think there is still daylight, and activities on these turn on the mind rather than help relax it. Consider reading an old fashioned paperback or taking a warm bath before bed instead.
Read on to learn a little about the science behind the “first night effect” survival technique, and a few handy tips to get a better night’s sleep when you are somewhere new.
[Infographic] by the team at Oliver’s Travel
So you have trouble sleeping when traveling? Do you have any other tips to add?
3 thoughts on “How To Get A Good Night’s Sleep Away From Home”
Oh yes, I’ve heard of that lavender tip. Good one.
good info for someone like me who has night terrors while traveling.Lucid dreams that make you do and say things that are part of terror dreams. I actually have to use Tylenol PM or Motrin Pm to help get my dreams to stay in my head while traveling,that or travel with my husband who knows what to do if I am having a very lucid dream… I even have trouble when moving from room to room in our own house…
Oh wow! Must be tough to have to deal with that.