Tips for great sleep

How to Sleep Soundly Anywhere

August 8th, 2016

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.

Unfamiliar environment

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.

* ResMed recorded and analysed 2,000,000 nights of sleep in the development of S+

** Users with average sleep scores between 50-60 improved their sleep by an average of 44.71 minutes per night after one week of use.

*** Below average users are those with an average sleep score below 75. Poor sleep is defined as an average sleep score between 50-60. Very poor sleep is defined as an average sleep score between 30-50. Users with average sleep scores between 30-50 improved their sleep by more than 70 minutes per night after one week of use. Aggregate S+ user data as of 03/19/2015. All data is derived from a sample size of [5932] users as of 03/19/2015. Your results may be different.

Note: S+ is not a medical device. If you are seeking information on how to treat a sleep disorder, you should talk to your healthcare provider.