Go from a red-eye to some shuteye by following these tips on how to get the best slumber when you’re traveling.
Many of us struggle with getting a good night’s sleep in our own beds. Throw in multiple time zone changes and unfamiliar surroundings, and you’re bound to wind up lying wide awake counting sheep during a hotel stay—no matter how comfy those pillows are.
But you don’t have to be a sleep-deprived zombie while you’re on vacation. By making slight tweaks to your nighttime (and maybe daytime) routine in order to fit your travel plans, you’ll be able to catch some zzz’s on the road. Keep reading to learn how.
Prepare for any upcoming shuteye disruptions before you depart by shifting your bedtime according to your destination’s time zone. Each night leading up to your travels, try to go to bed a little earlier or a little later, depending on which way you’re headed. (FYI: Jet lag is usually more severe when traveling east.) This practice will help you get in sync with the rhythm of your vacation spot, so you can hit the ground running.
While we know it’s tempting to start your travels as soon as you reach the airport, try to avoid consuming caffeine and alcoholic bevvies while relaxing in the lounge as well as during your flight, especially if it’s a long-haul one, and instead stick with water. That’s because the dry air of the plane combined with the dehydrating effects of caffeine and alcohol can make you feel less than stellar once you land, and ultimately wreak havoc on your sleep schedule.
Drink plenty of water throughout the day, and especially before bedtime as it helps aid a good night’s sleep. At Park Terrace Hotel, we offer guests complimentary bottled water and have a hydration station on every floor to keep you hydrated (and happy!)
Since regular exercise can contribute to consistent sleep, try to fit in some exercise while traveling, such as a walk as you sightsee. Park Terrace Hotel also boasts a fitness center equipped with Peloton bikes, cardio equipment, and free weights, as well as a yoga mat in every room. Plus, you’ll find plenty of fitness classes offered in the surrounding neighborhood.
We know you’ve heard this tip before, but it’s especially important when you’re traveling to avoid blue light like that emitted by your smartphone and laptop. That’s because these lightwaves can confuse your body’s natural circadian rhythm and trigger it into thinking that it’s daytime instead of bedtime.
Reduce your exposure by turning off your electronics at least 45 minutes before bed. At Park Terrace Hotel, all of our rooms feature blackout window treatments to block outside light so you can rest easily.
Certain scents can help send signals to your body and brain, encouraging you to get into nighttime mode. Aromas like lavender, sage, and bergamot are known to soothe and calm your senses. Consider packing an essential oil or room and pillow spray to help you get a good night’s sleep.
Oftentimes, listening to white noise, meditation tracks, or soundscapes allows you to drown out any chatter in your mind, helping to lull you into a peaceful slumber. When traveling, bring along a portable white noise machine like this one from Babelio or simply download an app that offers a range of sounds. At Park Terrace Hotel, every room is equipped with a Bose SoundLink Bluetooth sound system so you can connect your phone and create a serene space on the go.
There’s no need to be like Goldilocks when it comes to finding a hotel with a “just-right” bed. At Park Terrace Hotel, guests can request a room that’s equipped with a king-size Restorative Bed™ from Bryte. This “smart” bed uses real-time technology to adjust the support and comfort based on your needs and preferences. The bed’s sensory network detects heart rate and breathing patterns to identify when you’ve entered various sleep stages, while cooling features gently lower your body’s core temperature to help guide you into a state of deep sleep.
Looking for a restful night’s sleep on the road? Rest easy when you book your next stay at Park Terrace Hotel.