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Tips for Better Sleep While Traveling

Submitted by New Jersey Snoring Solutions on Thu 03/29/2018 - 09:00

Better sleep while travelingCrossing time zones, long layovers and the inherent stress of transit can make it seem next to impossible to get a good night’s sleep when you travel. While it’s hard to compare to the comfort of your own bed, there are some steps you can take to maximize rest on the road. In this blog post, West Orange sleep apnea specialist Dr. Ivan Stein shares his tips for better sleep while traveling.  

Plan Ahead

While easier said than done for many people, planning ahead for a big trip can make a huge difference in your sleep schedule. Here are a few simple ways in which a little forethought goes a long way towards a good night’s sleep:

  • Don’t procrastinate. Get ready for a big trip a few days ahead of time, to avoid staying up the night before.
  • Keep ear plugs, neck pillows and eye covers in your carry-on.
  • Wear loose-fitting clothing and comfortable shoes on long flights to help you sleep.

Help Your Body Adjust

Make sure you begin your journey hydrated and well fed. It may be tempting to grab fast food at the airport, but salty food that is high in fat will make you feel sluggish, not energized. Drink plenty of water, and avoid coffee, which can dehydrate you and make you feel even more tired. Once you arrive at your destination, try to stick as close to your regular eating schedule as possible. Keeping up your energy levels and eating healthily throughout the day will help you get the sleep you need at night.

Creature Comforts  

If you have room in your luggage, pack a few items from home that will help you snooze more effectively. White noise machines can drown out hotel noises and other unfamiliar sounds. A comfortable pillow and soothing candle can also help lull you to sleep. Conversely, turning off all computers, smartphones and televisions an hour before bedtime will keep the blue light from the screens from delaying the release of sleep hormones.

Whether you are at home or on the road, a good night’s sleep is imperative for healthy and productive days. If you would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Ivan Stein, call New Jersey Sleep Apnea Solutions at (855) 949-7667.