Tips and Tricks For Getting A Good Night’s Sleep In A Hotel
It’s been a long day…
- You’re exhausted
- You have to get up early in the morning
- There are people running up and down the halls
- There are strange noises, strange smells, and strange lights
- There’s too much light, it’s too dark
- The pillow is hard and the mattress is soft…
How are you supposed to get a good night’s sleep in a hotel?
Some people are lucky, they can sleep anywhere and anytime, but for most of us, we’re creatures of habit and can only get a good night’s rest if we are in our own bed. Does that mean we’re spoiled – no, it just means that sleep is not only important to us, but it’s fragile. What are you going to do?
Whether you’re traveling for business or for fun sleep is essential!
Use these tips to help you get a good night’s sleep the next time you travel.
- Eliminate excess noise:
- Hotels with higher star ratings often have quieter hallways.
- Request a quiet room if possible.
- Ask for a room away from the elevator, the vending machine or the pool. If a group has booked into the hotel, there could be a lot of noise by the pool after dark or even in the parking lot as people are leaving. Call security. You have paid for your room and deserve a good night’s sleep.
A room on a higher floor may be quieter.
- Not only do children run up and down hallways, but after the bars close, adults can be very noisy in the hallways. You may also get a room next to a “party” room. Don’t just “put up with this”, call the desk immediately and they will send security to try to calm things down.
- Check for comforts of home by checking reviews of a hotel before you book it. Look for complaints or raves about pillows, mattresses, lighting, noise, and other things that are important to you.
- You might want to consider bringing your own pillow if it’s possible.
- Set the temperature in the room to between 60° and 67°.
- Small but very important things to pack are earplugs and a sleep mask….just in case….
- If you have had room service, when you have finished eating, set the tray outside the room and call for it to be picked up. This will help to eliminate odors that could keep you awake.
- Another odor that might bother you enough to keep you awake is cigarette smoke. If you’re traveling out of the country, you may notice that some countries are big on smoking. You can ask for a non smoking room if you want one, but that doesn’t mean the hallway is non smoking. All night long smoke will come under your door. A couple of things you can do:
- When you check out your room before checking in (which you should always do), if cigarette smoke is present, ask for an ozone machine and go out to eat for an hour.
- Stuff towels under your door to block as much smoke as possible. More and more hotels are becoming better at adapting to US travelers who demand non smoking rooms.
- Before turning out the lights, take a few minutes to do some deep breathing exercises. Taking in larger amounts of air than you normally do has been known to calm you down.
- Ever heard of counting sheep? Don’t! Counting sheep is easy and doesn’t tire your brain. Instead, pick a relatively high number and begin counting backwards…it isn’t hard, but it causes enough effort to make your brain focus and become tired.
- Try to avoid eating large meals just before bedtime…the digestion process can keep you awake.
- Avoid caffeine drinks or chocolate foods before bedtime – even the little chocolate mints you sometimes find on your pillow…we all know what caffeine does to us. But a nice warm cup of herbal tea could set the stage for a good night’s sleep.
As a side-note, in this Covid time, I am wondering how hotels are cleaning mattresses. I can’t seem to get an answer. People should always strip back the bedding and check for how clean the mattresses are. Some are horribly stained. Ask for a clean mattress. But Covid isn’t detectable so I don’t know how that is working. The bigger chains are probably better than the private boutique hotels. It’s a concern…I will keep you posted as I get more information.
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