Posted 11.25.13 @ 9:40 by: Staff

Even if you’re sleeping on $7,000 pillows in a luxury hotel it can be hard to get a good night’s rest, especially when you’re traveling! Frequent travelers know travel induced insomnia is no joke, but how do you get over it? After all, sleeping isn’t a luxury – it’s a necessity!

Sleeping in an unfamiliar environment is one the leading causes of insomnia, so it’s important to know that you’re doing all you can do to get a good night’s sleep… even if it means you’re a difficult customer when you’re traveling.

Make It Feel Like Home

You need to make wherever you’re sleeping feel like home, no matter where you are. Have a family picture if you need to, your favorite socks that you like to sleep in, your travel pillow and all the familiar items that make it feel like home.

Do Earplugs and Eye Masks Really Help?

They actually do, and you don’t have to spend a lot of money on them either! You’ll want foam earplugs that block out the standard range of noise that wakes you – usually 60dB or above. You’ll also want to make sure that if you’re traveling abroad or somewhere vastly off the clock that you bring an eyemask with you.

But all those things aren’t going to help unless you’ve established a pre-bedtime routine. It sounds silly, but we all have little rituals we enjoy before we go to sleep. Maybe you brush your teeth, maybe you read on your e-reader for 30 minutes. Whatever you do, you need to establish a routine that will get you in the sleepy time mindset.

Should You Take the Phone to Bed?

Mobile phones are, by far, the most disruptive thing to your sleep pattern. It’s not just because you see blinking lights or get woken up when it chips an alert that you have a new message, it’s actually the light.

Mobile phones emit blue range light, the same kind of light that we get during the day. Just staring at it for a minute can trick your brain into producing serotonin, increasing wakefulness and wrecking your only chance for a good night’s sleep. A good pre-bed ritual is to disable the wireless and face the LED indicator AWAY from you, just so you won’t grab it and see a message in the middle of the night.

How to Avoid Jet Leg

But none of these tips are all that helpful if you can’t shake the jet lag. Here are a few tips for avoiding it in the first place:

Avoid Red Eye Flights: Sure, it seems like a great idea, but you’re going to wake up worn out and you won’t see any of the benefits of hopping all those time zones, will you?

Prepare in Advance: Let’s say you’re going to London, that’s 6 time zones away. You’ll want to prepare yourself 6 days in advance, setting your bedtime back by 20 minutes each night. Now you won’t be exactly on time when you arrive in London, but you’ll be better prepared when you step off the plane.

We don’t have the cure for insomnia, but we can help you find beautiful Oakville luxury homes that are just what you’re looking for. Give us a call today and see what we can do for you.

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