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7 Tips to Get Sleep While Traveling

Amir Jina /

Amir Jina /

Jet lag. Red eye flights. Hours of driving. There’s nothing worse than feeling groggy and exhausted during travel. But sometimes when jet setting, our sleep routines get thrown off and the body and brain are forced to quickly adapt. Fortunately, there are some tricks to help make that sleep transition a little bit easier. Here are 7 tips to stay well rested while traveling.

Get a Jump Start on Jet Lag
Jet lag is a downer for sure, but beat it by being prepared. Know what time zones you will be traveling to and start setting your alarm clock to reflect that time prior to departure. Slowly train your body to get used to this new sleep routine so by take off, you’ll be ready for your destination. The website Jet Lag Rooster is a perfect tool to help modify your sleep schedule and beat tiring jet lag.

Stay Hydrated
It can be easy to forget to drink water while running from flight to flight, driving around an unknown town, or just traveling in general. This is a grave mistake that will not only deprive the body but also leave you feeling lethargic, unfocused, and sleepy. Keep a bottle with you at all times and refill that baby whenever you get the chance.

Just Breathe
If you are lying in bed and can’t fall asleep, try counting from one to 10 and take slow, deep breathes. Maintain focus and soon your mind will stray from all of the hustle and bustle and drift off into dreamland.

Keep Your At-Home Ritual
Whatever it is you do at home to prepare your body and mind for beddy-bye, try to keep it while out on the road. I know it can be tough when traveling, but staying consistent will let the body know that it’s time to go to sleep, whether it be listening to relaxing music, applying some scented lotion to your skin or reading.

Where are you staying on your trip? A hotel? Resort? Out in the middle of nowhere? It doesn’t matter where you may be, you can find some means of relaxation to transition into bedtime. Utilize the hotel spa and book a massage or take a hot bath. Go for a nice walk under the stars and enjoy the great outdoors. Bring your yoga mat and try some stretches to get your body and mind into gear.

The Old Red Eye
Taking that late night flight on your travels? Board with some comfy sweatpants or bring a pair of pajama bottoms to change into before hitting the hay. Check out the travel store in the airport, where they usually offer options to make sleeping on a plane easier, such as eye masks, neck pillows and earplugs. If plane blankets make you feel uneasy, you can always bring your own.

Don’t Overeat
Good eating and travel go hand in hand, but if you’re trying to get some rest then don’t overindulge too close to bedtime, as a super full belly can disrupt sleeping patterns. Opt for a light meal or just eat a couple hours before bed. Going for a short walk after dinner will stimulate digestion as well.

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