When it comes to traveling most folks either fall under one of two camps – 1) take it or 2) leave it. On one hand traveling offers the opportunity to experience new things away from one’s own ranch while leaving the cares of their everyday lives (chores, job, annoying neighbors) behind. To those who look down their noses on traveling the reasons are also evident as it involves packing up, being crammed while traveling, having to deal with people and most importantly trying to get a good night’s sleep in a strange bedroll. While we don’t have much advise for dealing with strangers or feeling like a sardine while traveling, here are some tips to sleep better on your journeys.
Bring Headphones / Ear Plugs / Eye Mask
At home you have created a sleep haven that might feature a sound-proof room, heavily drawn dark shades, and just the familiarity of being comfortable. On the road though who knows what you’re going to encounter from a night owl with an affinity for rock music to a bright yellow “Kenny Rogers Roasters” neon sign outside your window. Therefore pack as many sleep-friendly items as possible specifically a mask for darkness and ear plugs / headphones to drown out the screams and gunshots from the street below.
Bring a Comforter From Home
There are two main reasons for bringing along your own bedding while traveling – one for the familiarity of sleeping in your own bed and also for safety from bed bugs and God knows what else. Some people might look at sheets, a comforter, and pillows as just an extra nuisance to pack but at least they have your smell on them and not that of a lonely business traveler who eats Chinese food in bed.
Get a Pre-Sleep Routine Down
Another thing to do if anxiety from sleeping on the road presents itself is to prepare your body for sleep. This could involve light exercise, deep meditation, or just getting organized and muting all the sounds and stresses in your head.
If Tossing and Turning Do a Reset
Finally it’s important to remember that turning in for the night doesn’t have to be a steadfast commitment, especially if you’re traveling. If you find yourself laying in bed staring at the wall, watching each tick of the clock, and are into the 1000’s on sheep that you’ve counted simply get up and stretch or take a little walk around the room. Reset your body and hopefully it will fall into a better sleep pattern.
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