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Maximizing Sleep During Summer Travel

During a recent trip, my return flight was repeatedly delayed and ultimately cancelled. Automatically, the airline rebooked me for three flights that night so I would arrive at my destination mid-morning the next day. Instead, I chose to stay in a hotel overnight and travel during the day. It was an easy choice – I had no major obligations the following day, and, most importantly, I needed to sleep. Talking with fellow passengers in the long line as we waited to rebook our flights, it was interesting to hear how sleep factored into their decision. Some people were determined to travel as soon as possible, even if it meant multiple flights across the night. However, many recognized…

What to Do If You Forget Your Sleep Mask

If donning a sleep mask is a permanent part of your bedtime routine, then you know that it can be a hard habit to give up. In fact, you might even feel like you’re addicted to using it. After all, it can be quite useful. When light disrupts your zzz’s, whether it’s from your partner’s bedside lamp, a nightlight, the glow of a computer screen, or a streetlight that floods into your bedroom window, your sleep may be worsened. When it’s dark, however, your body produces more melatonin, the hormone that helps regulate your internal body clock, so you can fall asleep faster. Wearing a sleep mask ensures that as much light as possible…

How to Sleep Better on a Bus

Whether you’re traveling across the state or the country, busses are often the most cost-efficient mode of travel. While they won’t break the bank, most bus lines aren’t known for cushy comfort. That can certainly make dozing off a challenge. But fear not, weary traveler, because if you steal these tricks, you’ll be snoozing before you even hit the highway. Master Sleeping Upright. Unless you’re lucky enough to have an empty seat next to you, which might allow you to lie down, you’ll have to sleep in a seated position. In order to fall into deep REM sleep, your muscles need to be relaxed. A neck pillow can come in handy, because it provides a…

How to Get Restful Sleep When Away From Home

Are you traveling this holiday season? Whether you’re catching zzz’s at a five-star hotel or on an air mattress in your aunt and uncle’s basement, it can be tough to get a good night’s sleep when you’re not in your own bed. No matter how comfortable (or uncomfortable) your temporary mattress is, being in an unfamiliar place can make it harder to relax. But there are some easy ways to make yourself feel like you’re at home—even when you’re not. BYO Pillow. Even the highest-quality mattress in the world won’t be comfortable if you’re putting your head on the wrong pillow. Getting the right fit under your head and neck helps keep your…

Get Better ZZZs on Vacation

Vacation is supposed to be all about R&R. But the reality is that both itinerary-obsessed sightseers and beach loungers alike can wind up heading home drained, rather than rejuvenated. The reason: vacation-induced sleep debt. Below, check out some of the worst culprits—and find out how to avoid them, so you can cut loose, relax, and still get the sleep that you need. Resist Partying All Night & Sleeping All Day Whether or not your vacation involves a time change, there’s a good chance that some schedule-shifting may be involved. After all, since you don’t have to punch a clock each morning, you may be more inclined to explore the nightlife options at your destination….

How to Sleep Better on a Train

Sleeping well while traveling may seem like an oxymoron, but it is possible—especially if your journey is by train. It’s less stressful than traveling by car (you don’t need to worry about giving directions to the driver) or airplane (no security lines to deal with!). In fact, many people say that the rocking motion of the train lulls them to sleep. So follow these four tips the next time you travel via rail. All aboard the train to Sleepy Town! 1. Keep Your Ticket Displayed. Most train seats have a small slot to place the ticket in, so keep yours there (as opposed to in your pocket, wallet, or purse) while you sleep. If there…

How Designers at Four Seasons Hotel Approach Sleep

Getting a good night’s sleep while traveling is becoming more likely thanks to this hotel’s special touches. It’s safe to say that the luxury hotel Four Seasons takes sleep seriously. In fact, you’ll be amazed at how much thought the brand’s interior designers have put into the way each room looks and functions. Find out why you are bound to get a good night’s sleep in one of this hotel’s rooms, and follow the brand’s lead by designing your own bedroom in a similar fashion. The Bed is the Focus The designers think of each room as a sanctuary or sleep temple. They often choose elaborate, visually stunning headboards to draw attention to the centerpiece of…

#GoodNights Challenge: 3 Top Travel Bloggers Weigh In On Their On-The-Go Sleep Tips and Tricks

Make sleeping well on the road a priority with these easy tips Each month, the National Sleep Foundation is partnering with select bloggers and digital influencers for a new iteration of the #GoodNights challenge. We’ll explore new ways to get a good night’s rest by showcasing real life examples of how a good night’s sleep can positively impact your body, mind and spirit. We know that many of our readers want real life tips for sleeping better, so follow along and share your own #GoodNights stories by using hashtag across social media channels like Twitter and Instagram. June’s Sleep Challenge We know many of you are gearing up for summer vacations, so we asked three of our…

Travel, CPAP & Sleep Apnea

Six things to know so that your CPAP machine can become a trusted travel companion Continuous Positive Airway Pressure, or CPAP, is a common and very effective treatment for Sleep Apnea.   Some people on CPAP find the machines somewhat clunky and are reluctant to travel with them. As we head into spring breaks and summer vacations, you may be wondering how traveling with this equipment is possible. I’ve done my best to answer basic questions that will help you rest comfortably while on the road. Can CPAP machines be in carry-on luggage? Yes. In fact, it is recommended not to check your CPAP machine because of concerns that it could get lost or damaged. Fortunately, because CPAP…

Traveling With Baby? Don’t Leave Home Without These 5 Tips.

Follow these 5 easy suggestions to make travel a breeze Traveling with a baby can be a nerve-racking endeavor, and almost every new parent feels a little anxious about how it will go. Meltdowns mid-flight, skipped feedings, excessive amounts of gear and over-stuffed diaper bags—there’s a lot to think (read: worry) about. One of the top concerns for parents is how a trip will throw off their child’s well-honed sleep schedule. At home the environment is controlled, the routines are consistent, and the sleep times set. When you’re traveling, this can all go out the window. But if you’re prepared, it doesn’t have to. Nothing feels worse than a sleep-deprived family on the road, so keep…