How to Sleep Better...When You're Away From Home

How to Sleep Better...When You're Away From Home

Adrienne Breaux
Sep 27, 2014
(Image credit: Rebecca Bond)

We've provided no shortage of information on how to get a better night's sleep, with plenty of advice on how to outfit your bedroom to be the perfect rest place. But what about when you're on vacation? Or traveling for work? Or even staying the night at a friend's house? How do you make sure you give yourself a good night's sleep then? We've got some ideas.

Control your environment (as much as you can)
You know you best, so if you know you need a lot of dark and a cool room to sleep best, ask how available those things are before you book a room or an Airbnb spot. Even just asking for a room not close to a street lamp can help. And knowing whether or not your rental apartment is next to a busy highway can help for those sensitive to sound.

Bring your own pillow/pillow case
If you can bring your own pillow (or in the case of air travel, even just a pillow case) you'll be surprised how the feel and smell of something familiar will help you fall asleep easier.

Associate a scent with sleeping well...and take it with you
This requires a little prep before the attempt to sleep away from home. The week leading up to a trip, spend a few minutes placing a soothing scent near your bed before falling asleep for a good night's rest. Then when you are in an unfamiliar place trying to sleep, use that same scent to calm you and lull you into a restful sleep.

Travel prepared
If you can't control your environment, consider bringing some better sleeping tools with you, even if you don't normally need them to sleep at home. Ear plugs and light-blocking sleep face masks can help make an unfamiliar place more conducive to sleep.

Pay attention to your routine leading up to trying to sleep
Though it's especially difficult to stick to a routine when you're on vacation or out of town, at least try to do what you can to not make falling asleep harder for you when you've got to attempt to rest in a different bed. So make sure the lights are low a few hours before bed. Don't look at a computer screen right before trying to sleep. Consider doing something like taking a warm bath or meditating.

Do you have any tricks for falling asleep faster and getting more restful sleep when you're traveling and not in your own bed? Share in the comments below!

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