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Traveling, either for business or pleasure, can be an awful experience for some of us. Moreover, if we get on a plane and go to a country in an entirely different time zone, then we know that if we don’t sleep properly, we won’t be able to operate for at least two days.

On top of that, those who have insomnia will suffer an intense lack of sleep if they don’t manage to sleep while traveling – because they sure won’t when they arrive at their hotel.

Therefore, in today’s article, we’ve decided to share with you our seven tips that you can follow for better sleep while traveling!

Strategic Sleeping

If you know that you may not be able to sleep when you travel, then you can set up a sleep schedule that will not only make you need less rest when traveling but also ensure that you accommodate to a different time zone.

For example, you can start moving your bedtime an hour earlier, starting three days before your travel. 

Essential Oils

Naturally, you can also rely on oils that can calm you down and help you sleep better. However, if you realize that essential or lavender oils don’t help you that much, then you could try CBD oil for insomnia.

These oils are not extremely powerful and can calm your body enough to make it sleepy. On top of that, CBD oils can also deal with anxiety and stress, in case you fear plane travel.

Take Some Melatonin

As you may know, melatonin is the natural sleep hormone. Its levels rise roughly two hours before bedtime and induce a sleepy state. 

You can take melatonin and increase its levels yourself so that you get sleep whenever you want. Melatonin can be bought, and it requires no prescription – mainly because it is commonly used as a sleep aid.

The Two-Day Rule

When staying somewhere only for a couple of days, it is highly recommended that you don’t try to adapt and/or make a new schedule.

By this, it is implied that you try to set up all of your meetings, appointments, or trips during the equivalent of your active hours at home, when and if possible. 

Moving Your Body

Contrary to popular belief, taking a shower or stepping outside for a bit will not scare your sleep away. If you know how to signal your body that you want to sleep, you will automatically trigger your circadian rhythm.

The easiest way to do so is to increase your core body temperature – and you can do so via a warm shower and a short walk outside.

Lights Off

If you are going to arrive at your destination early in the morning, then you can bring a pair of sunglasses so that you reduce light exposure. This is because your body should get maximum light exposure only during the early afternoon, as this shifts your rhythm closer to the time zone you are traveling in.

By doing so, you recalibrate your internal clock and make it so that bedtime at your destination is not that different from bedtime at home.

The Local Flow

Depending on how much you plan on spending in a certain destination, you might want to try and sync with the local schedule. In short, do what the locals do – if you land in a country in the middle of the day and everybody’s awake, then you should be so too, no matter how tired you are.

If you do so, you’ll go to bed when they do, thus getting enough sleep and having a proper travel schedule as well.

The Bottom Line

As you can see, there are more than just a couple of ways for you to get a better sleep when traveling. 

It doesn’t matter if you want to sleep during a flight or plan a schedule for your week in another time zone; there’s always something you can do for a good night’s sleep!

 

 


7 Tips for Better Sleep When You Travel
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