I’m fortunate; sleep comes very easy for me. At the end of the day, I take a shower slide under the covers and within 5 minutes, I’m sawing logs. For others, it’s not so easy, sleeping at home is a challenge and sleeping while traveling can literally become a nightmare.
Here are some ideas that might help when it comes to rest and recharge, be it at home or on the road.
- Have an evening routine, a shower, drinking a glass of milk or journaling, but consistently do something that signals your body that it’s time for sleep.
- Shut those electronics off a few hours before bed. Dear God, are you crazy man?
- If you decide to ignore the above bullet point, try installing f.lux on your devices. F.lux makes the color of your computer’s display adapt to the time of day, warm at night and like sunlight during the day.
- Do you need the cloak of darkness to ensure sleep? If so, use a hanger to clip your hotel room drapes together, POOF instant darkness.
- A nice evening walk or an exercise session will also help to bring on sleep.
- If you can sleep with earphones or some ambient sounds then check out White Noise, an amazing app that produces sleep inducing sounds.
Time for some road warrior input, that’s code for my opinion. When it comes to the major chains, the best mattress set-up is Hampton Inn. Their combination of mattress and sheets is almost perfection. They even make their bedding available for purchase.
My one and only bedding horror story happened at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Ocala Conference Center. During check-in, I noticed a sign hyping the fact that the rooms had been furnished with Tempur-pedic DreamSpa beds. Sweet, I’d sat on these during random visits to Brookstone and they felt wonderful. Later that evening I settled into bed and it was hypnotic, the space age bedding cradled my road weary body as I drifted off into dreamland. Several hours later, the call of nature reared its ugly head and I needed to use the bathroom. That was when I discovered that the space age bedding had not only cradled my body but it had engulfed it, I couldn’t move. I nudged my travel partner in hopes of assistance only to find she couldn’t move either. After a few Olympic gymnastic-worthy moves I had both feet on the floor and the promise to never spend another night on a Tempur-pedic DreamSpa bed, at this point, that promise hasn’t been broken.
I’ve worked with people that traveled with framed pictures of their loved ones, and then each night they set them up on the nightstand. There was a road warrior that traveled by car with a sleeping bag. Every evening, he’d place the bag on top of the covers, hop in and then zip himself up, he said it reminded him of home and helped him to sleep.
There’s no right or wrong, only what works for you and allows your body and mind to recharge.
If you travel in the winter and your sinuses dry up when the thermostat is turned towards the heat setting, consider dropping $30.00 on the Travel Ultrasonic Humidifier. This will fill your hotel room with enough moisture to make you think you’re in a tropical forest. A bit more efficient, and less messy, than hanging a wet washcloth over the side of an ice bucket.
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