Sleeping Well On Holiday

August 31, 2012

Healthy Life, Sleeping

Sleeping Well On Holiday

Sleeping Well On Holiday

Most people try to have one good holiday every year and more if they can afford it. This brief oasis of calm and enjoyment sandwiched between a busy home life and workplace environment should provide the opportunity to recharge the batteries before life’s treadmill starts all over again.

For this to happen and to enable optimum relaxation while on holiday it is vital to get a good night’s sleep when away. This might seem pretty obvious, but aren’t holidays meant for partying and drinking? Not if it means dark circles under the eyes and light-headedness it doesn’t!

It is amazingly difficult to sleep in a strange bed in a strange room with unfamiliar noises outside. By the time familiarity steps in it is almost time to catch the plane home and the holiday has been a little spoiled by tiredness every morning.

Sometimes eye masks can help with unwanted light that creeps through paper-thin curtains and earplugs can reduce the noise of early morning revellers. This can be annoying if it happens every night, so it might be worth checking with the hotel management to see if a room change to somewhere quieter is possible.

Perhaps the bed or pillow is uncomfortable. There is nothing more detrimental to sleep than a lumpy mattress or hard pillows and fully assembled bedroom furniture will certainly aid a good, restful night.

Moderation In All Things

There are a handful of very simple rules to remember to bring about restful sleep whilst in a strange environment.

Try to avoid the midnight buffet. In fact, try not to eat late at all. Avoid all the exotic culinary temptations as well as food that is too spicy or heavy as this will bite back later. Sugar also stimulates the body, so pass on the sweets as well.

By all means enjoy a few drinks, but not so many that everything is a blur. Alcohol may induce sleep, but it certainly does not provide quality or quantity. Sleep is more likely to be broken in the early hours if excess alcohol has been consumed, so regulate the quantity.

Be Active

Another good tip is to go to bed tired so sleep comes quickly. Be as active as possible during the day by sight-seeing, walking, swimming, playing cricket on the beach and not just sunbathing.

On the subject of sunbathing, avoid sleeping on the beach. A short nap of 15 minutes or so will not make much difference, but snoozing away for half an hour or more at a time is going to affect the quality of sleep at bedtime.

Retire to bed at a sensible time. Although you might feel like a killjoy for leaving the party when it seems to be hotting up, it is by far the best thing to do. Late nights and sleeping in will only make for a sluggish day.

Finally, the most obvious solution to that blissful night in a strange hotel room is to pack your own pillow. Nothing is better than that old, familiar wad of feather or foam.

Professional athletes the world over do just that, as a good night’s sleep is essential to their preparation and performance during competition, so take a tip from them.

Try these simple tips and have a fabulous holiday, feeling refreshed and stimulated after restful nights of quality sleep.

This guest post has been written and contributed on behalf of Archers Sleep Centre.

Sleeping Well On Holiday

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