8 tips for sleeping well in hotel rooms
Sleeping well in a strange bed is difficult for many of us, even in hotels. That can be a real problem because vacations are supposed to rejuvenate us, and business travel requires restful sleep to be at our deal-making best.
We like our own bed and environment. Still, there are things travelers can do to facilitate a good night of slumber. Here are 8 tips for getting a deep and invigorating night of sleep even while traveling to faraway places.
- Select a quality hotel. Quality hotels are outfitted with quality mattresses and sheets with high thread counts. A warm, comfortable bed is the first order of business.
- Consider your hotel’s location. Many hotels are situated next to airports, along freeways or on major thoroughfares. High-traffic venues often mean lots of ambient noise, and that can be disruptive, especially for light sleepers.
- Request a quiet room while checking in at the front desk. That usually means a room far away from dinging elevators, stairwells and vending rooms with loud ice machines. You might also want to request a room that doesn’t face the pool or other high-activity areas.
- Ask housekeeping to arrange the bed in a manner you’re accustomed to. Perhaps you want more or fewer pillows, or an extra blanket or two.
- No hotel can eliminate all noise, so using your smartphone as a tool for generating so-called white nose. One traveler who wrote on this subject says he uses an app called Sleepytime on his Android-powered mobile phone, though an iPhone version is also available. Sleepy Time offers almost 100 different sounds or noises ranging from babbling brooks to washing machines.
- Pack ear plugs. For some of us the best option is to block out the noise.
- Draw the blackout drapes or shades and pack eye shades designed for sleep, especially if you’re sensitive to light.
- Hang the Do Not Disturb sign outside your door before retiring so housekeeping does not rouse you before you’re ready to start the day.
A good night’s sleep boosts our immune system, improves memory and mood, and assists in helping us get the most out of life. Don’t skimp on the rest you need. With a little planning sleep can come quickly and go undisturbed throughout the night – even when you’re not lying in your own bed.