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How to Sleep Better on Holiday

Tara Youngblood


How to sleep better on vacation

With the holiday season upon us, which means most of us will be traveling soon. While it can be an exciting time to spend with your friends and family, traveling and sleeping in an unfamiliar place can wreak havoc on your ability to get a good night’s rest.

As we all know, when individuals are lacking sleep, they’re often irritable and short-tempered, which is the last thing you want to be during the holiday season. 

How to Sleep Better on Holiday

In an effort to help you get a more restful slumber while on holiday, and inevitably have a better time with your friends, family or travel companions, we’ve created a round-up of some of the best tips to help you sleep more comfortably while traveling.

Recreate Your Bedtime Routine

Just because your scenery is different, it doesn’t mean that your routine has to be. Pack items that will help you feel like you’re at home and participating in your normal routine. Do you wind down by listening to your favorite music? Do you have a favorite book that you’re reading?

Even if you have a favorite TV show that you’re watching, pack those items to better create your normal routine. However, as a company built around helping you find your best rest, we don’t recommend electronics right before you hit the sack!

Pack Your Favorite Pillow

Much like re-creating your bedtime routine, pack your pillow to recreate your sleeping space. If you’re traveling, you’re sleeping space will most likely be limited to a hotel bed, someone’s couch or a bed that you’re just not used to. The familiarity of bringing your favorite pillow from home could provide more comfort than you realize.

If you can’t pack your cooling pillow, or can’t take up space, pack your favorite pillowcase. Although the pillow might feel slightly different, having your pillowcase could be extremely helpful. 

Give Yourself Time to Fall Asleep

Trying to fall asleep in a new environment can be tough, so give yourself more time to fall asleep, even if it means going to bed a little earlier. If you’re traveling across time zones, it can take about a day to adjust to your new schedule. If possible, try to set your alarm to match the timezone you’re visiting so that you are well adjusted once you’re there. If you’re unable to do that, follow the sleep patterns of those in your new time zone and don’t go to bed until they do.

Find a Home Away From Home

If you’re traveling to a location where you’ll have to book a hotel room, consider all of your options before booking. In today’s rapidly-growing, peer-to-peer economy, companies like airbnb and vrbo are starting to take off. With these programs, users are able to book rooms, apartments or entire homes at their travel destination.

Not only will you find a great deal, in addition to avoiding hotel fees and generally higher prices, but you will also be able to feel more “at home” than if you were staying in a hotel room. In addition to following the tips above, this could help you sleep better while you are traveling.

Pack the Best Sleeping Accessories

No matter how much of a Rip Van Winkle you consider yourself to be, new sleeping environments can make it difficult for anyone to fall asleep. In order to combat the “new sleeping environment blues”, make sure you pack the right accessories.

Ear plugs, sleeping masks, heating and cooling blanket, and more are some of the best items to pack to block out surrounding light and sound. If you’re used to having control over your bed temperature, consider packing a cooling bed pad.  Each product is easily transferable and will quickly allow you to control your sleep temperature, and get a better night’s rest.

As the holiday season arrives and your travel schedule begins to pick up, don’t let your sleep suffer. Whether you need to pack specific items, recreate your routine or adjust your internal clock, you’ll be sure to sleep better when staying in hotels or the homes of loved ones. 

About Tara Youngblood

Tara Youngblood is ChiliSleep’s co-founder and CEO. An accomplished scientist, author, and speaker, Tara’s unique ideas are revolutionizing the future of sleep health by making sleep easy, approachable, and drug-free.
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