As part of Sleep Awareness Month, we're helping you get better sleep—no matter where you are. It seems like achieving deeper and more rejuvenating sleep should be easier while on vacation. But, disruption to your normal routine might make it harder to find your sleep groove while traveling.
Entering Vacation Mode
The last thing you want to do while vacationing is miss out on the magic because you’re sleep deprived. Sleep is essential for feeling engaged, energized, and up for anything, which are essential traits for a great trip. It can be tempting to stay out late to maximize your vacation time, but too much of a good thing can deplete your energy stores.
What to Bring
- Plan ahead: Research your hotel—or AirBnB, Vrbo, friend’s house, campsite, resort, abandoned theme park, really whatever travel location your heart desires—and see what they’ve got. Then fill in the gaps. Make sure you’ll have access to what you need to get your best rest.
- Pack and Prepare: When you’re packing your suitcase, think about including an eye mask and ear plugs; a gentle, vacation-worthy alarm with the Wake Up Light; your favorite Shredded Memory Foam Pillow; and even a Ventilated Foam Mattress Topper to soften a new sleeping spot. (We don’t recommend putting this last one in your single allotted carry-on item.)
When You’re Finally Relaxing
You’ve made it! You’re on vacation! Now what?
- Keep A Routine: While on vacation, you might want to throw your sleep routine out the window. We recommend sticking to it. Your body is used to subsisting with a certain amount of sleep, and you should respect your routine so you can capitalize on all the fun things vacation has to offer with energy to match.
- Don’t Over Indulge: You know it, we know it, they know it—so why is it so hard? Caffeine and alcohol can disrupt sleep patterns, so be aware of how much and when you’re consuming them so your sleep won’t be disrupted. Even if it means you have to turn down that espresso martini.
- Stay Active: Regular exercise can help regulate your sleep, so find fun, exercise-centric activities while on vacation, like a morning yoga class on the beach or an afternoon hike in the mountains.
- Stay Mindful: Try practicing relaxation techniques like deep breathing or meditation before bed. They will help you wind down and get in the right mindset for sleep after a fun-filled vacation day.
Travel can be exciting, inspiring—and exhausting. Make sure you’re respecting your body’s need for sleep and aware of the impact that travel can have on your sleep patterns. If you follow some of our helpful tips, you can get the rest you need and enjoy your vacation to the fullest.
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