Tips to Get a Good Night’s Sleep in any Guest Bedroom
The holidays are near which for a lot of people means its time to travel and visit family and friends. If you’re dreading sleeping in a guest room or on a living room couch or the old air mattress stuffed in a corner somewhere with unfamiliar sights and smells, you may want to consider a few things to get a good night’s sleep before packing your bags.
Planning helps you accomplish a lot of things. Planning helps to reduce stress and promote positivity so start making a list of everything so nothing is forgotten when you leave home. If you suffer from medical issues such as sleep apnea, pack your CPAP machine and take it with you. If flying to your destination then take it on board with your carry-on luggage. The CPAP machine doesn’t count as carry-on due to it being medical equipment. Also, consider taking an extension cord to be sure you have power where you need it in the guest bedroom for example.
Stick to your routine
Following your same sleep routine at your destination will help you sleep better. For example, if you read before you sleep, make sure you pack a good book. Also, if you require medication to improve your sleep, make sure to take it with you on your trip.
Make it feel like home
If you like to sleep with your feet untucked, remember to untuck the blankets and sheets at the foot of the bed before you crawl in. Also, do not forget your favorite pillow or blanket so it feels like home. These comforts will help you get a better night’s sleep while away from home.
Limit Alcoholic Beverages
You might be staying up later than normal and/or drinking more than normal over the holidays. Too much alcohol, especially too close to bedtime, can make for a rough night.
Try these tips if you have a hard time sleeping away from home
- Block out sounds with earplugs
- Invest in an eye mask
- Bring entertainment (book, sketch pad, downloaded movies, etc.)
- Take your favorite pillow or pillowcase with you
- Consider using pleasant, comforting scents
- Drink some herbal or sleepytime tea
- Stay hydrated
- Don’t forget to follow the same routine as at home.
- Try melatonin
- Take a shower before bed (helps relax you)
- Try the 4 7 8 sleep trick:
Completely exhale with a whoosh sound, then inhale through your nose to a count of 4. Hold your breath for a count of 7. Exhale through your mouth with a whoosh sound for a count of 8. Repeat this cycle three more times.
A positive attitude can make all the difference and can help solve a lot of problems. Do not assume you will sleep poorly just because you were away from home. And if you do sleep poorly one night, don’t worry. Being sleep-deprived may make it easier to fall asleep the following night. Positive thinking is important because it can have a beneficial impact on both physical and mental well-being. People who maintain a more positive outlook on life cope better with stress, have better immunity, Better sleep, and have a lower risk of premature death.