You’re probably familiar with this: you’re looking forward to your well-deserved vacation or an important business trip, but despite good hotel rooms, you feel limp and not rested, especially after the first night. The room is too bright, the bed too soft, to name just two reasons. To make sure this doesn’t happen to you, here are a few valuable tips on how to sleep better when you’re away from home.

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For some, the soft beds in hotels are a real blessing and they fall asleep heavenly and content. For others, however, the unfamiliar surroundings are a huge problem, because falling asleep in a different bed is difficult for many people. To make sure your vacation is still relaxing, read here:

  • Overcoming the first-night effect on vacation

The so-called first-night effect describes the phenomenon that you often sleep worse the first night in a new bed. The body is not yet accustomed to the new environment. Patience is needed here! Try to consciously relax and push aside the thought of a possibly restless night. In time, your body will get used to the new bed and you will sleep better. Sometimes relaxing music or a light meditation can also help.

  • Eliminate sources of disturbance even on vacation

Especially in an unfamiliar environment, it can be difficult to get to rest. To eliminate sources of disturbance on vacation, it’s a good idea to bring earplugs. These can help block out noise from outside or from other guests in the hotel. A towel in front of the door, for example, not only protects against annoying hallway noises, but also against disturbing light. If you are sensitive to light in general, you should also pack an eye mask for your vacation. You can also use a hanger to close curtains to make them opaque. Make yourself as comfortable as possible. A quiet atmosphere is crucial for a restful sleep.

  • Bring your own pillow

Your own pillow can be a real sleep saver. Not only does it provide the comfort you’re used to, but it also conveys a sense of home in your hotel room. If you have room in your luggage, be sure to pack your favorite pillow. You’ll be surprised how much it can improve your sleep.

  • The right temperature

If you’re using the air conditioning in your hotel room, the air can quickly become dry and uncomfortable. This also prevents you from having cozy nights on vacation. But you can easily prevent this by placing a moistened towel near the vent. This way, you’ll have your own humidifier in no time, and nothing will stand in the way of a restful night’s sleep.

With these tips, you should be able to improve your sleep in the hotel and start the new day refreshed.  Remember that everyone is individual and has different needs. Experiment with different strategies and find out what works best for you on vacation.