Beds on business trips - tips for great sleep
It's a common story - travelling for work and suffering from lack of sleep.
Many people travel for work and sleep in unfamiliar places. People in all walks of life spend time away from home through their work and have to face sleeping on planes, trains, bed and breakfasts, guest houses and hotels of varying quality. Travelling for work often involves important meetings, complex negotiations, physical work or periods of concentration. Meeting new people and representing your business, whatever it is, requires you to be fresh and alert - which can be very difficult if you have not slept well.
Tips for beds away from home
? Keep your routine - wherever possible, keep to the routine you have at home. You will feel tired at roughly the same time and be more likely to sleep well.
? Don't drink too much - drinking alcohol before you go to bed reduces the quality of the sleep you get. It's easy to stay out later and drink more when you're away from home - especially if you are away with a team from your office or you are attending a conference. Be aware that you won't feel anything like as good in the morning as you do at the bar, and switch to water or low sugar drinks before you go to bed.
? Have a bath - if you've had a busy, stressful day, have a warm bath before you go to bed. Most hotels have fairly good bathrooms with plenty of hot water. A bath will help to relax you so that you can sleep more easily.
? Pack some help - you can help yourself to go to sleep by using an eye mask and ear plugs. These can be particularly useful when travelling by train or plane, to help block out unwanted noise and light. Use them in hotels as well to avoid noisy air conditioning or inadequate curtaining. A dark environment encourages better sleep, so do what you can to create the best conditions.
? Getting home - there's always something special about getting back to your own bed. Make sure it's the most comfortable bed around by checking your mattress and base regularly to ensure that they are still providing you with the support you need.
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