Sleeping Comfortably When You’re Away From Home
It is common for some people to encounter difficulty falling asleep in a place other than the bed in their homes. This can occur due to a number of reasons such as unfamiliarity, jet lag, or extended hours on the road. Some people have pre-bed rituals whilst others require a specific setting, such as having white noise or unscented sheets, to fall asleep.
There are different sleeping habits affecting your quality of rest, but there are certain adjustments that you can do to prepare for a good night’s sleep, especially when you’re away from home.
Make Yourself Feel At Home
Staying in a cultural capital like New York or London and sleeping in an unfamiliar place, like a hotel, an apartment or a hostel may feel new or unfamiliar to you, causing insomnia. It could be because of the feel or scent or fabric of the hotel’s sheets and pillow cases. To make yourself feel at home, always bring a travel pillow, a blanket or your own sheets. Also, request a room with ample distance from elevators to avoid disturbances — staying in a bustling city means there will always be people who are up all night. Some people further advise bringing framed photographs of their loved ones or using familiar scents and spraying a room.
Set the Mood
Dim the lights or draw the curtains, play some soft music, or leave the television open for its background noise. Always bring an eye mask and ear plugs; by shutting off the world, you can be alone with your thoughts, effectively setting your brain up for rest.
Steer Clear of Your Mobile Device
As you prepare for bed, it is best to set aside your mobile devices, such as your phone, tablet or laptop computer. Make sure to disconnect from the Internet and turn off your wireless data. These gadgets can keep you up just by having them around. The blue light that a smartphone emits stimulates the eyes while your computer alerts you of notifications. Staying connected is counterproductive if you want to rest.
There are other things that you can do to prepare for a comfortable night in bed. Think of what makes you comfortable and try it out. Sleep is a necessity, not a luxury.