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On an Early Flight? Learn How to Wake Up Feeling Rested.

Just because you’re rising before dawn to catch the first flight out doesn’t mean you have to feel drowsy all day. Sometimes there’s just no avoiding an early morning flight, whether it’s because you have to be at your destination in time for a 9:00 AM meeting or because the ticket costs half the price of one for a flight leaving later in the day. And no thanks to the long lines at security, those pre-dawn take-offs can force you to set your alarm for 3:30 AM or earlier! You might think there’s no way you can get enough sleep on that schedule, but these simple steps will help you take off for your destination…

Traveling with a Pet: Better Sleep for Both of You

These smart tips will help your furry friend relax, so you can get more shut-eye on your next vacation. For many people, pets are part of the family—and that means wherever you go, Fido goes, too. Thankfully, the travel industry is taking note of the fact that pet owners love to vacation with their animals in tow. These days, it’s easier than ever to find animal-friendly hotels, and trains like Amtrak recently started allowing pets on board. Traveling with your dog, cat or other furry friend can be fun for both of you as long as you’re properly prepared—and that starts with planning out your sleeping situation so your trip is restful, not stressful. Take…

How to Sleep Well While Camping

A night in the great outdoors should be relaxing, not uncomfortable. Try these tricks for getting your sleep under the starry sky. Spending a night under the stars can be a beautiful experience—but only if you’re actually able to fall asleep. And that’s easier said than done: Getting comfortable on the ground instead of a plush mattress, blocking out weird sounds all around you, and dealing with no temperature control isn’t easy. But don’t call it quits just yet! Follow these tips to help you sleep soundly on your next camping trip. Add Padding Set yourself up for overnight success by putting something soft between you and the hard ground. Camping supply stores sell…

Use Your Vacation to Perfect Your Sleep Habits

Do you rest better on the road than you do in your house? Use your time away to fine-tune sleep-promoting habits, then take them home with you. Vacations are a prime opportunity to catch up on lost shut-eye and improve your sleep routine. After all, you should be in relaxation mode and you probably aren’t on a tight schedule, meaning it’s a great time to experiment with how much rest is right for you. By establishing successful sleep habits during your time off, you’ll be better equipped to continue them once you are home again. Start with these tips: Skip the Alarm Clock To figure out how much sleep your body really needs, allow yourself to wake…

Do You Need a Sleep Vacation?

Here’s what to know before you take time off to catch up on your zzz’s. Think about some of your favorite things to do on vacation. Maybe you love to see cultural sites, eat amazing food, explore nature, or read while relaxing by the beach. But for a growing number of people, going on vacation is all about catching up on sleep. This idea—taking time off from work to sleep as much as you need—is called having a “sleep vacation.” And they are incredibly popular. More than 70 percent of people use at least one vacation day from work a year to catch up on sleep and 40 percent take five or more days away from…

How to Pack a Sleep-Friendly Travel Kit

There’s no need to compromise the quality of your zzz’s when you’re away from home. Arm yourself with the right sleep-enhancing tools to promote better snooze control anywhere Trying to get a good night’s sleep away from home can be a challenge. Between the unfamiliar setting, bedding, and environmental distractions (such as lights and noises that you’re not used to), it’s easy to end up in a state of high alert, rather than in a relaxed state of mind that’s conducive to getting precious shuteye. That’s why it’s smart to pack items that can help shut out unwanted stimulation and help you feel calm, whether you’re staying at a hotel or at a friend’s place. After…

How to Help Your Kids Sleep Soundly at Sleepaway Camp

Spending nights away from home can feel scary to kids and prevent them from getting the zzz’s that they need. But these small steps can make a big difference. Overnight camp can be so exciting for kids—it’s a chance for them to spend a week or two away from home, be active, make friends, and have fun in the sun. But if this year is the first time that your child is sleeping outside his or her own bedroom for an extended period of time (and away from you and the rest of your family!), it can be pretty jarring. That stress and homesickness can make it hard for your kid to fall asleep or sleep…

How to Travel Easily When You Have Sleep Apnea

Thinking about toting your CPAP machine with you when you hit the road? These five tips will help make it easy. Living with sleep apnea often includes using a CPAP machine, which helps keep airways open throughout the night. While the CPAP can dramatically improve your symptoms, it can also make traveling a bit of a headache. That said, don’t be tempted to leave the machine at home—you’ll risk feeling tired on your trip. It’s actually easier than you might think to bring it with you—just follow this guide. Carry on your CPAP. The machine is a medical device, which means that you can carry it on in addition to the normal…

Sleep Travel Tips

Enjoy your travel more with good sleep. Follow these 4 simple tips to improve your shuteye.

Sleep Well No Matter Where You Are

‘Tis the season to travel over the river and through the woods to visit far-off family. That means ’tis also the season to find yourself needing to sleep on an air mattress, stretched out on a sofa, or on a pullout sofa bed. While these situations might not be ideal, don’t think that you’re automatically going to be stuck tossing and turning all night. Just use these tricks to find out how to make any sleeping situation more comfortable. On a sofa: Since couches tend to be on the softer side, put a thick blanket down on top of the couch cushions to add some support. Then remove the back cushions—this gives…