Whether you’re on vacation staying in a hotel or staying with friends, it takes a little time to get used to sleeping in an unfamiliar bed. The first couple nights can be rough, but you’ll manage. However, trying to sleep on the uncomfortable hotel mattress with too-tight sheets or too-soft pillows can make for an uncomfortable night’s sleep.
You’re used to your latex mattress that’s comfortable and has no off-gassing. You’re able to customize it to your desired firmness, which you can’t do with a hotel mattress. A latex mattress supports your spine, and provides you with great pressure point relief. Plus, the open cell technology allows for good airflow and air circulation.
In addition to this, a huge downside of traveling is that it disrupts your sleeping patterns. If you’re traveling far away, the time zone change and jet lag can also affect your sleep. When you cross different time zones and experience jet lag, it disrupts your natural 24-hour, biological body clock and normal circadian rhythm.
Not only is your sleep disturbed, but you may also suffer from other symptoms of jet lag including:
- Lack of Energy
- Loss of Appetite
- Diarrhea or Constipation
- Sore Muscles
- Poor Concentration
Jet lag can affect anyone, even if you are a frequent flyer.
Even a long road trip in a car can affect how you sleep. You can’t beat your organic mattress at home, but what do you do when you’re not at home? Here are some tips you can try.
Tips for a Good Night’s Sleep Away from your Latex Mattress
You don’t have to toss and turn in that unfamiliar bed. There are certain things you can do to make your stay more comfortable.
Research Your Hotel Room before Booking
While scoping out hotel rooms, locate all potential accommodations, and find out if they’re close to:
- Train Stations
- Train Lines
- Busy Freeways
- Bars, Clubs, and Restaurants
If you can’t avoid rooms near these types of things, at least look for rooms that have soundproof windows and blackout curtains. Two requests you should absolutely make when choosing your room are a room that’s away from the elevators and a room on an upper floor. Both ensure a more peaceful stay.
Other requests you can make include:
- Requesting a room that’s halfway down the hall since it’s typically quieter on that section of the floor and away from vending and ice machines, exits, guest laundry facilities, housekeeping closets, and other noisy places.
- Asking for a room on the suite or concierge level if there is one. Rooms like these generally have taller ceilings that put more space between you and the guests above you.
- Avoiding a room that faces a pool. Although they are nice to look at, pools tend to be an area where guests like to gather late-night, and the noise will echo off the water.
- Avoiding rooms where recycling bins or dumpsters are outside the windows.
- Requesting a low-rise hotel room that’s in the back. These rooms don’t have the best view, but they are usually quieter.
- Requesting a room that’s a few levels above bars, banquet rooms, and other public areas the hotel offers. The music and noise can penetrate through floors, so the higher up you are the better.
The slightest noise can disrupt your sleep if you’re a light sleeper, leaving you tossing and turning throughout the night. If you know the eye mask and earplugs you brought aren’t going to be enough, follow these suggestions above to ensure you get as much peace and quiet as possible.
Take your Own Pillow
Bringing your own pillow can make a world of difference when you’re sleeping in a bed that’s not yours. You can avoid a pounding headache and stiff neck by bringing along your own pillow.
Sure, packing your body pillow and bringing it on the plane can be challenging, but this doesn’t mean you can’t pack a head or travel pillow. If you’re taking a road trip, then definitely bring along your body pillow if you know you will be sleeping in your uncomfortable childhood bed or in a hotel bed.
If you can’t bring along your own pillow, you may want to bring your own pillowcases. You’ll get the same familiar scent and softness as your pillows at home. Plus, pillowcases don’t take up much luggage space.
Follow your Same Home Routine
Follow the same routine you have at home. If you read before bed, bring along your book. If you usually shower first, take a shower wherever you are before you turn in for the night. Anything that can give you the same feeling as home at bedtime can help prepare your body and mind for slumber.
Try a Relaxing Bedtime Technique
Before going to bed in your hotel, friends or family accommodation, try meditating or doing some breathing awareness exercises. Both of these help to relieve anxiety and stress, and relax you, which can help put you in a more restorative, deep sleep.
Power down your Electronics
Receiving text messages or having your cell phone ringing in the middle of the night can be disruptive. Turn your cell phone off, and give your loved ones your hotel name, phone number, and room number to contact you in the event of an emergency. You might also want to avoid using your laptop or tablet a couple hours before you go to bed.
Even if you are staying in a four or five-star hotel with lavish surroundings, it can still be difficult to fall and stay asleep without your familiar latex mattress. The best thing you can do is to make the environment as homelike as you can. You can achieve this by following the tips above. Everyone has to sleep. Since you can’t bring your bed with you, to get the most out of your sleep while away from home, it helps to bring a little piece of your home with you.
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