Tips for Great Sleep When You’re Traveling

travelling-sleepCrying babies. Stomping down the hall. Loud ice machines. Drunk bachelors. When you’re on the road and out of the comfort of your home, it’s hard to get a good night’s sleep. Rest in peace, we’ve compiled a list of all the things you should do to get some great shut-eye from beyond your plush bed at home.

Ask For a Quiet Room

When making a reservation, request a room on the top floor and far from the elevators and ice machines. This ensures that you won’t have other guests treading loudly above you and puts you in a room with the least amount of traffic in the hallway.

If the hotel has a pool, ask for one that faces away from the pool. A pool-facing room might have a nice view, but guests tend to party late in the pool, even past the posted closing time. Water also does a great job of magnifying noise.

Make sure you request a room away from the hotel dumpsters. Not only can the smell be off-putting, but you don’t want to be rudely awaken by early-morning trash collection.

If you’re booking a room at a low-rise hotel, make sure to request a room in the back, away from the parking lot. You might sacrifice the view, but you’ll score by getting away from the parking lot mayhem.

Get the Best Room

Ask the hotel if their rooms have blackout shades. Heavy, thick curtains will block any outside light, ensuring that you sleep as long as you want.

Ask if the hotel has pillow options. If you get neck or back pain when you travel, you’re most likely not sleeping on the right kind of pillows. Have the hotel stock your room with pillows of your preferred firmness.

Ask about the type of mattress the hotel uses and check TripAdvisor reviews for previous guests’ experience with the hotels’ mattress. The mattress is the foundation of a good night’s sleep. Never book a room at a hotel with poor mattress quality or if guest reviews find the mattresses lacking comfort.

Must-Pack Items

Earplugs may be uncomfortable for some people, but do wonders to keep outside noise from reaching your ears. Give up a little bit of comfort for a full night’s rest.

Eye masks are a must for a good night’s sleep. They’re especially a must if your hotel does not have blackout curtains.

Bringing your own sheets may seem like a hassle, but being able to sleep in sheets with familiar feel and scent puts you at ease. If you have skin sensitivities, packing sheets is a great way to avoid an allergic reaction to the foreign detergent and bleach used to wash hotel sheets.

Preparing For Sleep

Having a small nightcap can help you go to sleep better. Make sure to keep your alcohol intake in moderation because too much liquor can inhibit sleep.

Sipping herbal tea like chamomile helps induce sleep. Avoid drinking too much tea, as you will most likely have to get up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom.

Get uninterrupted sleep by asking the hotel reception to hold your calls during your sleep hours. The worst thing is for you to get woken up by a ringing hotel phone, especially if it’s the wrong number!

Before Bed

Don’t forget to hang the “Do Not Disturb” sign on your doorknob. Housekeeping usually begins at 8am, and you don’t want to wake up from your beauty sleep by housekeeping at that time.

Set the alarm and request a wakeup from reception. Because hotels have unfamiliar alarm clocks, you might not set the alarm correctly in your hotel room. Make sure you wake up on time by also asking reception for a wakeup call.

Most people sleep better in a cool room, so set the room thermostat accordingly. Don’t set it too low, as this will cause you to shiver and not allow for a peaceful night’s rest.

Because the hotel room is unfamiliar, you might want to turn on the bathroom light and close the door. If you have to use the restroom in the middle of the night, you can easily find it. Closing the door allows for as little light to escape as possible.

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