How to Get a Good Night’s Sleep when Travelling with Work
Research into the importance of sleep has shown that people getting less than 6-7 hours of sleep a night are more prone to the risk of disease. Sleep reduces our stress levels. Prolonged stress can lead to higher blood pressure and production of stress related hormones causing inflammation in the body, which can create a higher risk of heart disease, diabetes and even cancer. A lack of sleep can affect our appetite hormones causing us to over eat or reach for unhealthy sugar filled foods, while a good night’s sleep can help us to feel awake and energised in the morning. Below are some top tips to help you get a good night’s sleep when you’re travelling with work.
TAKE YOUR OWN PILLOW
Although this is not always feasible, wherever it is possible, taking your own personal pillow can help you sleep comfortably. Some hotels may offer a choice of pillows but many places don’t. There’s nothing worse than spending the night plumping, squashing or fighting a pillow that just isn’t comfortable. Taking your own instantly gives you that sense of comfort and being ready to sleep; just slip it into your overnight bag.
THE OLD FAITHFULS
Whether you’re a pyjama fan, prefer sleeping shorts or just love that washed out t-shirt, taking your most comfortable old faithful sleeping attire will help you to feel at home, feel comfortable and be ready to snuggle into bed.
TAKE YOUR OWN FAVOURITE SHOWER GEL
Although toiletries are often provided, taking your own favourite shower gel or one designed to relax you, can help your senses to feel soothed, calm and ready for bed. Taking a warm, not too hot, shower with your favourite fragrance just before bed leaves you feeling clean, fresh and relaxed perfect for a good night’s sleep.
Especially if using air conditioning, keep a bottle of water by the bed so you can sip it if you wake up thirsty. Dehydration makes you feel sluggish, headachey and generally fatigued the next day.
PHOTO OF FAMILY OR PET
A favourite photo by the side of the bed is a great way to feel good and smile before you go to sleep helping you to calmly drift off.
EYE MASKS OR EAR PLUGS
Black out the light and drown out the sound for an uninterrupted night’s sleep.
TAKE YOUR OWN TEA BAGS
Decaffeinated or herbal teas can help to soothe the mind and relax you before going to sleep.
KEEP YOUR PHONE AWAY FROM THE BED
Book a wake-up call or take an alarm clock but don’t sleep with your mobile by the bed. There is evidence that radiation may affect electrical activity in the brain during sleep. Where possible turn your phone off at night.