How to Get a Good Night's Sleep After a Long Day of Travel
Whether you're driving to your mother's house or you're returning from an international trip, your regular sleep routine has likely been interrupted as a result. Amid the hustle and bustle of traveling, there are many factors that may impact how well you sleep the next night - from jet lag and fatigue to restlessness and discomfort.
Instead of suffering after a long day of traveling, keep these tips in mind to make the most of your nighttime rest.
Stick to a Schedule
Following a sleep routine is crucial for regulating your sleep schedule during any given window of time, but it's even more important while you're traveling. If you're on vacation, you may jump on the opportunity to sleep in each morning, but drastically changing your normal sleeping hours can actually have the opposite effect - instead of feeling well-rested, you may feel groggy, sleepy and irritable. Set a schedule and stick to it - this is especially important during your first few days after traveling, as your body will recognize its normal routine and respond accordingly.
Stretch When You're Home
Exercising is another great way to get your body back to normal, especially if you've been confined to a car, plane or train for the past several hours. After you've reached your destination, do a few simple stretches to get your muscles moving and blood flowing. However, exercising directly before bed can have the opposite effect and keep you awake even longer, so keep your stretching simple if you're doing it before bedtime.
"The ideal sleeping temperature hovers between 55 and 75 degrees."
Create a Dark Place for Sleeping
Your sleep environment has a profound impact on the success of your sleep, so start making adjustments when you reach your destination. Turn off all lights, eliminate any glare that may stem from TVs or chargers, and use earplugs or eye masks to shroud yourself in darkness and comfort.
Lower the Temperature
As you're trying to sleep, adjust the temperature of the room to lull your body to bed. According to the National Sleep Foundation, the ideal sleep temperature hovers between 55 and 75 degrees, but colder temperatures are linked to deeper sleep cycles. Turn down the thermostat and snuggle up with a heated blanket made from a plush material, like the Sunbeam® Channeled Microplush Heated Blanket.