Whether you’re going on vacation for the week or if you frequently travel for your job, sleeping while traveling is never easy. It’s hard to replace the safety and comfort of your own bed. Nevertheless, it’s not impossible to get a good night’s rest while on the road.
Here we discuss some of the top sleeping tips to help you get a better night’s sleep while you travel:
Consistency is key
A consistent sleep schedule is important while you’re home, but it’s even more important while you’re traveling. Once you’ve acclimated to the local time zone (see below), go to bed and wake up at the same times each day.
Get used to the time change as soon as possible
The moment you cross over into a different time zone, your whole sleep schedule will be thrown out of whack. There is the temptation to fall asleep when you reach your bedtime in your time zone (in other words, if it’s 5pm where you are but 10pm at home, you’ll fall asleep at 5pm). Resist this temptation. Fall asleep at an appropriate time for the time zone you’re in, not for the time zone you left. It may be tough at first, but it’ll make your entire trip easier in the long run.
Create a bedtime routine
Sometimes our minds don’t realize it’s time for bed. We lay awake, staring at the ceiling because our minds just won’t shut off. In these cases, your mind and body need a very obvious sign that it’s time to calm down and go to sleep. A bedtime routine is a loud signal to your mind and body that it’s time for bed, helping you get to sleep faster.
Let in the light
Our exposure to sunlight influences our circadian rhythms. The more sunlight, the less tired we feel, and vice versa. So, let the light in during the day, and try to keep it out during the night. We recommend dimming the lights about 2 hours before bedtime to help you fall asleep more easily.
Get the right mattress
The right mattress can make a world of difference. After all, it’s hard to fall asleep if you’re uncomfortable, so having a comfy bed to sink into at night is key. At Replacement Mattress, we offer plenty of mattresses for RVs, trucks, boats, and more. Contact us today to learn more!