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5 Tips for Good Sleep While Traveling

We travel to expand our minds, make unforgettable memories, and explore places we had only seen in photos or read about in books. Of course, we also travel to visit family—to go back to the towns we grew up in, back to the familiar.

Whether your destination is a tropical escape, a European city, your childhood home, or not yet determined, it’s important that you stay well-rested. So, how can you get a good night’s sleep while traveling? Keep reading…

1. Take the Right Pillow

You don’t want to wake up with a stiff neck or pounding headache, so your favorite organic pillow is worth packing. An organic head pillow is best but if you have limited space, an organic travel pillow will do!

If you’re going on a road trip and are a side sleeper, definitely make room for your body pillow in the trunk of your car!

A body pillow is meant to keep your spine aligned while you sleep on your side. It is wonderful at relieving your pressure points since this long pillow supports your hips throughout the night. Too many people toss and turn because they’re sleeping in an uncomfortable position. As you hold onto your body pillow, you’ll immediately feel relaxed.

Hugging a body pillow is also helpful for reducing stress and is perfect for those who feel they can’t sleep while traveling because of anxiety.

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2. Follow Your Bedtime Routine

I know that this can be a challenging step since you’re not in the comfort of your own home, but it’s important to stick to your usual bedtime routine as much as possible while traveling.

Your mind starts to understand that it’s time to slow down when your body starts to perform its usual nighttime tasks. If you can, allocate 30 minutes to simply relax and get your mind ready for bed.

3. Cut Off Your Caffeine Intake Early (and Alcohol—Sorry)

I understand that your diet may change a bit (or a lot) when you’re traveling. However, it’s unwise to go overboard with the fatty foods and late night coffees or beers because they can disrupt your sleep and with that, your energy levels during the daytime.

Drinking caffeine or too much alcohol late at night can negatively affect the amount of sleep you’re getting, as well as the quality of sleep.

Waking up in the middle of night is likely when you’re drinking too many beverages before bedtime (and we don’t just mean having to get up to go to the bathroom). Caffeine is a stimulant that will make you feel wired and anxious when you’re supposed to be relaxed and ready for a comfy, cozy sleep. Meanwhile, alcohol is a depressant that can affect REM sleep.

sleeping while traveling

4. Wear Comfy PJs (Or Sleep Naked)

It’s hard to fall asleep when you feel uncomfortable—that’s why it’s crucial that you pack PJs that are loose and made with materials that won’t irritate your skin. I don’t recommend packing a brand new pair of PJs that you haven’t worn through the night yet—go with what you know.

Of course, there’s always the option of sleeping naked. Your trip will be a lot more adventurous if you decide to ditch the excess fabric for a few days. Sleeping naked will keep you cool, so you’re less likely to wake up from feeling overheated (no one likes night sweats).

5. Relax with Soothing Aromatherapy

If you’re able to pack some essential oils with you (or check out the fancy spa at your hotel), I highly recommend it. Aromatherapy is a wonderful way of getting your mind and body relaxed so that you can fall into a deep and satisfying sleep.

You can use essential oils in your bath or in lotions. It may be hard to pack a diffuser, but this is also a popular way of enjoying essential oils.

The following oils are known for their relaxing properties:

  • Rose
  • Lavender
  • Bergamot
  • Chamomile

To learn more about essential oils and how to use them, read this helpful article from mindbodygreen.

I hope these five tips bring comfort and peace to whatever adventure you find yourself on!

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