When you’re away from home, it’s not always easy to have control over your sleeping conditions and many of us find ourselves longing for our own bed. However, with the following tips, you should be able to recreate a familiar environment to help you benefit from a comfy and restorative sleep away from the comfort of your own home (and your cosy idyll bed!).
Before leaving, get prepared:
- Adapt in advance to your destination
If you’re lucky enough to go abroad, adopt a new rhythm based on the local time of your destination. It is recommended to postpone your sleep by 1 or 2 hours at least 2 days in advance. For example, if you are going to Asia, get an early night and wake up earlier in the morning, or if you’re heading Stateside, go to bed later and enjoy a long lazy lie-in. Doesn’t sound too bad, right? And if you can’t do that because your schedule just doesn’t allow it, avoid accumulating tiredness at all costs. So, the night before the departure, don’t spend hours packing your bags or finishing a last-minute report, get some rest!
- Rest before the big departure
Get a long night’s sleep if you are departing in the morning. Or if you’re leaving during the day, try to take a long nap. Make the most of it – there’s nothing better than spending some quality time relaxing in your idyll bed, after all, it’ll help you feel full of energy to start your trip in the best conditions! And if you really can’t sleep, just close your eyes, get comfy, and rest. This will allow you to feel fresh and ready at the airport, during the flight and upon arrival.
- Plan your trip cleverly
If travelling for work, for a smooth return, try to plan your return trip on Friday for a full weekend of rest. Your sleep cycle can take as long as two days on average to reset, but hormone production (for that all-important melatonin) can take 2 to 3 weeks to fully readjust. So, see the bigger picture straight away and do not neglect your sleep when travelling – your body will be thankful for it.
Make the unfamiliar place your very own
Some love sleeping in hotels, others dread it. When staying away, many factors can disrupt your sleep cycle. But there are always ways to improve any new environment, making it almost feel like home!
- Bring some of the idyll comfort with you
Hard and uncomfortable beds, soft and lumpy pillows, old mattresses where you can feel every spring… when arriving at your hotel, you never know what you’ll get. So, why not take your idyll pillow with you? The soothing and comfortable feeling will help you fall asleep in an unfamiliar environment. Create the right conditions for a perfect night’s sleep
Bedtime is really important, and even if you are exhausted or, on the contrary, feel it is too early to sleep, turn your hotel bedroom into a sanctuary in order to relax and help you feel at ease.
Close the curtains and make sure the room is well ventilated. Set your watch and mobile phone to the right time zone of the country you have travelled to.
It’s important to keep it feeling cool and comfortable too. Hotels tend to put the aircon or heating on at their maximum, and even if it feels comfortable at first, these are not always the best conditions sleep in. The optimum temperature in the bedroom must remain between 19 and 20 degrees. So, if possible, set the thermostat to the desired temperature and fall asleep comfortably, tucked up in bed.
Sleeping well when away from home is always doable, you’ll just need to create the right conditions for a peaceful slumber. Of course, staying away is never quite as comforting as your own bed and it will never feel as good as sleeping on your idyll mattress, but at least you will have something to look forward to when coming back from an amazing and dreamy holiday.