Getting a good night’s rest in a hotel room can be a challenge. You are sleeping in a different bed, in a different city after a long day of travel. Here are 7 tips to maximizing your chance for that much needed good night of rest:
1. Pack ear plugs. You may encounter doors slamming in the night, elevators operating loudly at all hours, air conditioners rattling and noisy street sounds to name a few. Traveling with a pair of ear plugs is a smart idea in case you come across any of these situations.
2. Bring a natural sleep aid. If you are someone who has a hard time falling asleep while traveling, bringing a natural sleep aid may help do the trick. My favorite is emergen-Zzzz which is a sleep aid with melatonin.
3. Try an eye mask. Sleeping with an eye mask helps block unwanted lights from disrupting your sleep. Buy one made of silk material so it feels smooth on your skin. If you don’t have an eye mask, try covering up any electronics that may emit light. According to helpguide.org, when it’s time to sleep, make sure the room is dark. Use heavy curtains or shades to block light from windows.
4. Consider using a sound machine. A consistent static sound can help block out any unexpected noises. There are many apps on your smart phone or tablet that can provide this service. Check out the airplane cabin sound on the Ambient White Noise app.
5. Turn the AC down. Most people sleep better in a cooler room. A hotel room that is too hot can interfere with your quality of sleep.
6. Check hotels yelp reviews prior to your hotel stay. Many reviewers will give you the inside scoop about their overall hotel experience including cleanliness, noise levels, staff encounters and safety of the area – all of which are factors that can hinder a good night’s sleep.
7. Try lavender. Bring a travel size bottle of lavender spray in your luggage. Before bed, spray a few mists on your pillow. Rest your head on the pillow, close your eyes and take a few deep breath‘s inhaling the fresh floral scent.