Specialists say there are 3 simple tips for getting some peaceful shut-eye at any hotel.

>Eliminate Distractions

Everybody knows that the blue light from technology can keep us awake during the night, but even analog systems of entertainment can take away from sleep.

Christopher Lindholst, CEO of MetroNaps, told Travel + Leisure that he always cancels morning newspaper delivery service while at a hotel. “Some drop it in front of your door at 3 a.m.,” Lindholst said. “Invariably, it will wake up as you can hear things underneath the doors. You can pick up the newspaper in the lobby the next morning — and same for the bill.”

Travelers who are trying to take a nap in the middle of the day should be sure to hang the “Do Not Disturb” sign from their doors to avoid being wakened by hotel staff cleaning the room, restocking the mini-bar, or performing turn-down service.

>Eat Well

Although the temptation to eat elaborate or extravagant dinners is high while traveling, it is recommended to keep it light at dinner. If you feel the need to indulge, do so at lunch, so your body isn’t still digesting when you’re ready to sleep.

“If you get room service, put the tray outside your room when you’re done eating and call down to have them pick it up as soon as you’re finished,” Lindholst said. During the night, the smell of food could interrupt sleep cycles.

And, as comforting as it may be, those who are hoping to get a good night’s sleep should avoid the chocolates that staff place on pillows during turn-down service. “The caffeine could keep you awake or the chocolate could trigger acid reflux,” Lindholst said.

>Come Prepared

Sleep researchers recommend bringing comforts from home into the hotel room. “We’re creatures of habit and sleep is an important habit,” Lindholst said. “The more you can replicate your typical bedtime routine, the better.”

Aromatherapy, familiar pajamas or a favorite scarf are ways for travelers to bring comfort into a foreign sleep situation.

And, as noise and light are two of the biggest sleep disturbers, sleep experts recommend packing earplugs and eye masks in every suitcase.

 

Source: Travel & Leisure