When you’re on the road, getting a good night’s sleep can be difficult no matter how tired you are — new environments are always tough to get used to. Here are a few tricks for making your hotel stay as restful as possible.
When you book, ask the front desk for a quiet room. Ask if it’s at all possible to get a room away from any event spaces, in-house bars, and restaurants. That way you can avoid late-night noise, as well as the sounds of guests coming and going.
If you’re picky about pillows, ask for options. Lots of hotels will have different types of pillows, which may be stashed in a broom closet or available from the front desk. Some hotels, like The Benjamin Hotel in NYC, even have “pillow menus” available for travelers to peruse! If you need a hypoallergenic pillow, make sure to ask about that before traveling — you may need to put in a special request, or even order your own.
Adjust the room temperature to your ideal setting (you can learn more about the ideal sleep temperature, here). Most hotel rooms will have a thermostat, and you can always call downstairs for a backup fan or extra comforter if you need one. Remember that generally speaking, cooler temperatures are better for good sleep.
Make your room feel as much like home as possible. Whether that’s wearing your favorite pajamas, bringing a small photo of the family to keep on the nightstand, or taking a bubble bath with your favorite scented products.
Pack your earplugs and eye mask. Many hotels will have blackout shades, but it’s better to be prepared with your own light-blocking eye mask. And earplugs are crucial if you can’t get a quiet room.
Hang up the “do not disturb” sign. Hotel cleaning schedules differ, and you don’t want to be woken up before you’re ready — especially if you’re in a different time zone.
Try to avoid eating or working in bed. While it can be so tempting to order room service and eat it in bed, try not to. Signal to your brain that the bed is for sleeping or sex only, and it will be easier to “wind down” once you are ready to sleep.
And stick to your routine as much as possible. If there’s a gym, work out at your usual time. Eat your meals according to your normal schedule (on local time, that is) and try your best to go to bed at your regular bedtime.
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