your regular habits...
cant sleep while traveling you might need to change
some of your regular habits. Begin by limiting your caffeine
intake, especially when crossing time zones and within three
hours of retiring for the night. Cut down on alcohol consumption,
too. While it might seem like a great way to relax, a few
too many can actually interrupt your sleep. Also, avoid heavily
spiced foods and condiments that cause the stomach to churn.
a comfie pillow...
your pillow is comfortable. If your head is in a different
position than youre used to -- higher or lower -- you
might wake up in the middle of the night, or worse, have a
neckache the next day. Many women claim they prefer to bring
their own, familiar pillow with them when they travel. But
if thats just another item you dont want to lug
along and you discover your hotel pillow is too fat, thin,
hard, or soft, check with the hotels housekeeping department
-- there may be other pillow styles to choose from.
or too cold...
Before retiring, make
sure the room temperature is set to a comfortable point (you
might want to request an extra blanket ahead of time, in case
you find yourself shivering in the middle of the night). Check
to be sure the drapes are fully closed. The one tiny crack
is sure to let a stream of sunshine directly on your face
in the morning before youre ready to get up. Use a paper
clip or hair clip to keep them shut if needed.
sound and light...
Bring earplugs and eyeshades.
These will help reduce your chances of hearing any hallway
noises or seeing any light under your room door. You can buy
really effective earplugs, used by professional musicians,
at a music store. If youre particularly sensitive to
noise, consider getting a white noise machine that produces
a background sound to mask hallway sounds.
Put work issues and
problems aside before you go to bed. If you need write down
a few issues to think about in the morning, do so before you
slip under the covers. Then play a little soothing music to
ease your transition to relaxation and then to sleep. Once
youre in bed, think about pleasant thoughts and pleasant
places, easing you into sleep.
Sweet dreams, ladies.