Travel Tips October 25, 2017
11 Tricks To Sleeping Like A Baby At Your Next Hotel
After making your home your own and creating the most cozy atmosphere in your bedroom, it can often feel next to impossible to fall asleep in a new environment like a hotel. If achieving a full night’s rest seems to be a hard task for you while you’re staying out of town, then have no fear. We’ve put together a useful list of things that you can do to help make sure you become the next Sleeping Beauty in life.
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1. Be consistent and try to book your stay with the same hotels.
There are plenty of advantages to staying at the same hotel or at least sticking to one brand of hotels. Aside from the fact that you'll be more familiar with your surroundings and know what to expect, almost all hotels that are owned by one particular company will use the same type of mattress. This way you'll be able to sleep better at night since your body is already use to this type of bed!
2. Call ahead of time to get the lowdown.
Before you book your stay, it's always helpful to call the hotel ahead of time to get all the details. Find out what thread count their sheets are, what types of pillows and mattresses they use and whether they have blackout curtains. All these things will help you have a better night's sleep, so it's good to know.
3. Be sure to get a non-smoking room.
This obviously only applies to non-smokers, but this is one thing you might forget to ask about since it isn't on your mind. If you somehow unfortunately end up in a smoking room, the harsh smell might only prolong the process of falling fast asleep. Make sure you get the type of room that will be best for you.
4. Customize your room.
Choose a room that will keep you away from all the noise, like one that isn't near the pool, elevators or ice machines. Also, most hotels offer things you can adjust to your liking, like deciding between soft or firm pillows. These small changes will make a big difference.
5. If it's possible, bring your own sheets.
If you're someone who truly has a harder time falling asleep while in a different environment, bringing your own sheets can be incredibly helpful. Your familiar scent is already all over the sheets, making the bed all the more cozy. But if the idea of bringing your entire bedding set with you seems a bit over the top, then try at least bringing your own pillow cases from home.
6. Turn your room into the ultimate sleeping den.
Envision your hotel room as your new bear cave. To attempt to get the ultimate night's sleep you'll want to make sure you have a nice dark and cool environment. First thing you'll want to do is check the room temperature, if it's set up high you'll want to bring it down to make it on the chillier side for bed time. Next, there's nothing worse than staying somewhere and being awakened by the bright light of the morning sun. Before you go to bed make sure those useful blackout curtains are shut.
7. Don't eat a huge meal before you go to sleep.
Indulging on large meals before you crawl into bed will keep your body awake, breaking down all those extra french fries you had while all you want to do fall asleep.
8. Take a few extra steps before bed.
Make your hotel room your new little piece of paradise by reaching ultimate relaxation. Using things like essential oils before bed can be a huge help. Whether you add some lavender oil into the laundry that you pack with you or rub the oil on yourself, the smell is one that will help you quickly fall asleep. If you choose not to bring any oils with you, try enjoying a warm bath before bed or cup of herbal tea to help you loosen up.
9. Drink the wine.
A glass of wine a day keeps the bad dreams away. Someone must've said something like that by now, right? Because alcohol acts as a sedative for your body, it never hurts to drink a glass of wine before bed to help ease you into your sweet dreams just a little bit easier.
10. Take advantage of that Do Not Disturb button on your phone.
Most smartphones by now have some sort of Do Not Disturb button that will keep your notifications quiet and at bay. When you crawl into bed, turn your notifications off and then don't give your phone anymore attention. Creeping around on social media and aimlessly scrolling will only keep you awake longer.
11. Last but not least, let housekeeping know you want to be left alone.
Until you're well rested and ready to be on your way, let your Do Not Disturb sign hang outside on your hotel doorknob. Aside from waking up to the bright sun in your face, the next worst thing you could have happen while you're trying to sleep is housekeeping waking you up by walking into your room.
What do you do to make sure you get the perfect night’s sleep when you’re staying away from home? Share your helpful tips with us in our comments section!