Have you found that when you go on vacation, you struggle to get a restful night’s sleep, no matter how comfy the accommodations are? You could be staying in the cleanest, comfiest of 5-star hotels with quality mattresses and fluffy pillows, but your body is still not getting the deep sleep that it needs. Exhausted and possibly jet-lagged, you’re still tossing and turning all night. If this happens to you, you’re not alone. There is a biological reason that makes it difficult to get a good night’s sleep anywhere away from home. It’s called the “first night effect,” meaning that when we’re away, our brains typically won’t show the slow-wave activity that is associated with deep sleep. Some scientists think this is because our brains are subconsciously keeping some parts of themselves alert in case of any unusual danger in this foreign place.
This is especially a good idea if you’re traveling for a business meeting or a specific function early in the morning. If possible, try to arrive a night earlier to get your brain acclimated to this new space. The last thing you want is to be tired and groggy for a morning meeting. So with one night’s sleep already under your belt, your brain should feel safe and ready for a peaceful sleep on night 2.
Book a quiet room
As mentioned above, our brains stay semi-alert throughout the night in case there’s any unusual noise or activity that may be dangerous. By booking a room far away from elevators, stairs, or the hotel pool and up on a higher floor, you’re eliminating the chances of noisy guests passing by and waking up your brain completely.
Bring something familiar
Although you’re in a different location, you may be able to help “trick your brain” a little by bringing something from home. Use your sheets, pillow, or blanket to make the bed feel like home. It will bring a sense of comfort to your mind, further helping you relax.
This is a good rule of thumb no matter where you are, but especially on vacation. Turn off the television, silence your phone, and put down the alcohol for an hour before climbing into bed. Instead, try reading a book, sipping tea, or taking a warm bubble bath. Helping your mind start to relax before getting into bed is key.
Stay loyal to a hotel chain
Not only will you reap the benefits from their rewards system, but staying at the same chain of hotels no matter where you are in the world can help your brain feel at ease. If you’ve found that you slept well in one hotel, you’ll be likely to sleep well at that same brand in a different location. The comfort of the mattress, the look of the room, and the service provided should all feel very familiar to your brain.
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