You know those people who brag that they can sleep anywhere?
You’re not one of them, you say?
If you don’t effortlessly fall into a blissful slumber when you’re away from home, you’re not alone. Most people have difficulty sleeping in a new or unfamiliar place, even if it’s a luxury hotel.
‘First Night’ sleeplessness
There’s even a name for this sleep phenomenon. It’s optimistically called “First Night Effect” to imply that your sleep will improve after the first night away from home. Luckily, most travellers find this to be true.
Have you also experienced trouble staying asleep when you’re traveling? There’s a name for that, too. It’s known as the “On-Call Effect.” This describes the inability to stay asleep because you’re anxiously awaiting the next day’s events. Excitement, fun, and change in routines – even very welcome ones, like travel to distant locales – can interrupt sleep just as stress and worry can.
There are also a number of environmental challenges associated with sleeping away from home: noise from inside and outside the hotel, an unfamiliar room and bed, uncomfortable room temperature, even altitude and humidity levels. Considering all the barriers to good sleep when we travel, it’s amazing we ever leave home!
Planning for good sleep
But of course there’s a whole world out there, and most of us want to see it. Sleeping well on the road is possible with a little advance planning. Recognising our need to feel and look our best when we’re traveling, many hotels are introducing amenities to help us sleep better. When planning a trip, look for hotel with snooze-friendly features like blackout curtains, night lights, high-quality mattresses, and luxurious bedding.
Keep your routine
Don’t forget to keep up your normal sleep routine to maintain healthy sleep patterns wherever you may find yourself. Eat well, avoid consuming stimulants like caffeine, alcohol, and tobacco, and get some exercise outdoors. If you’re planning to travel across time zones, be sure to prepare to handle jet lag effectively, so you can enjoy every moment of your travels.