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I love to travel and I don’t want to miss a thing! The Daily Adventures of Me is all about savoring every moment while I am exploring this incredible world! Getting great sleep while travelling is a key to this.
Next week, I am heading for 19 days of exploring Paris, Belgium, Norway, Denmark and Sweden. To some, that may sound like a daunting task, but I know I will have an incredible trip. The biggest key to being able to stay so active and wanting to get out of my hotel every day is to get a good night’s sleep. A full night’s sleep also keeps me healthy. I used to have such a hard time sleeping. Then I changed my sleep hygiene and now I routinely get at least eight hours.
Travel can challenge even the best sleepers. Here are my top tips to sleep well while you are away from home. The key is start a good sleep routine and home. Then you continue your routines while you are away.
- Before the time you desire to go to sleep do a non-stimulating activity. For me this is reading a book. TV and computers are a bad idea while getting ready for sleep as they stimulate your brain.
- While I read my book, I drink a nice warm cup of tea, such as Bigelow’s Sleep Chamomile and Lavender Herbal Tea. I love that the Bigelow Benefits line was developed specifically to make help me live the life I want to live. They use only healthy ingredients. And it is an US-based, family company that I feel good about supporting.
- Surround yourself with familiar scents from home, such as lavender oils or flowers.
- Hotels can be unpredictable. Play a noise maker with the sound of white noise or rain to drown out the sounds of street noises or hotel neighbors.
- Bring the comforts of home with you. Even when I am travelling out of a carry-on, like I did last year on my English road trip, I bring my fuzzy purple blanket with me. Some people prefer a pillow. I also bring mine with me on the plane to make the ride more comfortable.
- Sleep in the dark. I bring an eye mask with me to protect from the weird lights that hotels sometimes have.
- Go to sleep at the same time every night. The key to this is to acclimate yourself to your new time zone as soon as possible. When I travel to Europe, which is at least five hours ahead of my time zone, we try to take an overnight flight. We follow sleep hygiene on the flight and sleep on it, even thought we are excited. When we get to our destination we do not go to sleep. Not even a nap. Push through your day with interesting, but not overly exerting activities. When you go to bed in the late evening you will be so tired. Then you should get a good, long sleep and wake up on your new time zone. When I travel to an earlier time zone, such as California, we get into bed early and don’t get up until a fairly appropriate time.
- Be sure to get out and walk on your trip. Not only will that let you get to know the area you are visiting better, exercise improves sleep!
I can’t wait to do all my exploring in Europe and know that I will be full of energy to do it. Be sure to follow along to hear all the stories by subscribing or watching my Instagram.Where did you last explore? Have your tried any of the other Bigelow Benefits teas? I would love to hear about it in the comments.
Here are a few of the other Bigelow Benefits teas that I found while stocking up at my local Stop and Shop store.