How to sleep better away from home
Most of us are very accustomed to our own sleep environment so when it comes to sleeping in a foreign space - it can be hard to fall asleep. Some people can fall asleep virtually anywhere and others rely on their own bed. Whether you've just moved home, are staying away for the holidays or a night away for business, there are a few comforts you can take with you. Here's how to sleep better away from home...
Know where you'll be sleeping
We all feel a little better about doing something different if we know what to expect. The best thing you can do is familiarise the environment you'll be sleeping in. If you've just moved, try spending time in the house before moving in. Getting used to little noises or even how the house looks when it's dark out can help you feel more comfortable. When staying in a hotel, have a look online at what the rooms look like or try book a chain hotel you've stayed in before. Often chain hotels keep every room exactly the same. And that's for good reason, so people know what to expect. If you feel like you know what to expect once you get there, you'll feel prepared and relaxed.
Bring a piece of home with you
If you're staying somewhere alone, try to bring a little reminder of home with you. It doesn't have to be the obvious cliche of your teddy bear. It can be something really simple like a food you eat at home a lot or the book you're currently reading. Even bringing the pillow you normally sleep with can really help relax you. Small, friendly reminders of home can make a foreign environment feel that little bit more familiar. These little reminders of home are guaranteed to make you feel more relaxed.
Give yourself extra time
Even if you're one of those people that fall asleep as soon as you head hits the pillow. You might still find it harder to get to sleep. The best way to combat this is to give yourself the extra time to fall asleep in the first place. Going to bed a little bit earlier will take the pressure off to fall asleep immediately. The worst thing you can do when you can't fall asleep is worry about what time it is. Allowing the extra hour to fall asleep will help relax you and aid you in a good nights rest!
Going back to sleep environment, try to remember that there's going to be different noises, lights and probably a different room temperature too. Light, sound and temperature are all important things when trying to sleep. Try and combat these factors by taking a sleep mask along with you. Blocking out lights will help you to feel more relaxed. As for noise, if you're not comfortable sleeping in earplugs - stick on some white noise on your phone or laptop like rain noises. The white noise can help your brain tune out disruptive noises throughout the night. Another thing you can do is make sure the heating is on a similar setting to what you would normally sleep in. Generally, we find it easier to sleep in a cooler room so if you're struggling to drift off - turn the heating down, ditch the duvet or a crack a window open slightly.
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