Whether you are traveling for business or for pleasure, getting enough quality sleep is crucial. It doesn’t matter if you’re traveling by plane, train or automobile, if you are a passenger with the opportunity to sleep on the way to your destination, do it! Getting enough sleep on the way to your destination is just as important as the sleep you get at the hotel.
Jet lag, turbulence, and kids kicking the back of your seat – nothing beats flying! Trying to get sleep on a long flight can be hard, but there are a few things that can make it easier:
- If you are flying to a different time zone, prepare ahead of time. Adjust your sleeping and eating schedule a few days in advance and make sure to get enough sleep the night before your flight.
- Stay hydrated, and avoid consuming caffeine and alcohol before your flight.
- Even if you’re going on a business trip, wear something more comfortable while flying so you can actually get some quality shut eye.
- Taking melatonin before your flight can help you sleep on the plane and help reduce jet lag, just make sure to ask your doctor first!
Believe it or not, sleeping in the car can be comfortable, but only if you do it the correct way!
- Dress comfortably. Make sure to dress in layers though, because you won’t be able to sleep well if you’re freezing or sweating the whole time.
- Let the other passengers know that you are trying to sleep. This way, they can courteously turn down any loud music or refrain from loud chatter.
- Don’t forget to bring earplugs and sleeping masks. If you know that your fellow roadtrippers are not the quietest people you know, bring a set of earplugs or headphones to drown them out. Sleep masks are a necessity when you’re trying to sleep in the car during daytime hours. Nothing ruins good sleep like the sun shining in your eyes!
Traveling is great because you can get away from your stressful, daily routine. However, you should not change your sleep routine when you’re on the road. It is best to keep the same schedule so your internal clock can stay in line. Staying at a hotel can feel like a relaxing escape from everyday life, but sometimes you need a little touch of home. Bring items such as your pillow, a family photo, or even your own alarm clock to feel more comfortable. Bringing your own pillow will also help you fall asleep quickly and help you stay asleep since it is comforting because it smells like home.