Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, getting a good night’s sleep is essential to keep you feeling your best! When our sleep is disrupted we’re at risk of getting sick, not performing for our job or being grouchy and miserable (all things we’re trying to avoid when traveling, of course).
If it’s possible, bring your own bedding. You’ll feel much more comfortable with your sheets, but even more importantly you’ll really appreciate having your own pillow. Also, consider some earplugs and an eye mask. If you have to sleep on a plane, you’ll need the earplugs in case you encounter some not so quiet fellow riders, and the eye mask will ensure that you can get some shut-eye and not get distracted.
Pay Attention to What You Eat and Drink
Although you may be tempted to party a little more when traveling, make sure you limit your alcohol consumption. Over-drinking might cause you to fall asleep faster, but you’ll be waking up with barely any rest. On the other end of the spectrum, you should be drinking way more water than usual. Water will keep you energized and healthy through the duration of your trip!
Adjust (or Don't Adjust) Your Sleep Schedule
If you’re only going to be gone for a couple of days, try to stick to your regular sleep routine even when you’re traveling. If you’re going to be in another time zone for a longer period of time, try using the first few days before your trip to slowly move your bedtime and waking times by the hour until they’re similar to that of your traveling schedule. You’ll be much more prepared for jet lag!