5 Great Tips to have Good Sleep during Travelling
Whether you’re travelling for business or fun, not getting proper sleep is a fairly common problem even among seasoned road warriors. Not only lack of adequate sleep is frustrating when you’re out caravanning with your family or friends, but it also leaves you feeling grumpy and fatigued the next day. This sleep disruption might be caused by changing times, unfamiliar beds, excessive noise in the surroundings, over-stimulation or too much alcohol or caffeine. Whatever the reason may be, the following five tips will help have a good sleep during your next caravanning trip.
- Put Your Survival Instincts To Sleep:
The involuntary survival instinct buried deep in our brains operates to date in some of us, which doesn’t let us sleep while travelling. According to sleep scientists, this is the “night watchman” of our brains which in some people, refuses to shut down entirely when faced with unfamiliar surroundings, such as when travelling. Instead of going to sleep, it keeps itself as well you alert for dangers. So what if your conspiring brain is keeping you up for hazards that don’t possibly exist? Deal with this conspirator by tricking it into thinking you’re at someplace familiar and safe. You can do this by making your unfamiliar bed smell familiar using Lavender Essential Oil. Used in natural remedies for thousands of years, lavender oil not only provides excellent sunburn relief but it’s widely accepted for its calming properties as well. Get into the habit of sprinkling few drops of lavender oil onto your pillow every night at home and replicate this habit when travelling. Your olfactory system tricked with the familiarity of the home will tell the brain there is nothing to worry about.
- Cancel Out The Background Noise:
Eliminating distracting noises as much as possible can help you get to sleep faster and stay asleep longer. When caravanning, camping in public parks or other camping sites populated with campers can bring with it a lot of chaos, noise and chatter making it impossible for you to recharge yourself for the next day of your adventure. Instead of camping in crowded places, try to find locations that are quiet at night and closer to nature. The soothing sound of running water or birds singing can invoke sleep. But if this can’t be done, noise-cancelling headphones should be used.
- Write Down Your Plans For The Next Day:
A day full of sight-seeing can leave you over-stimulated, and you might not be able to sleep, even after being completely exhausted physically. As a result of this overstimulation, your excited brain can’t stop thinking about the things it’ll do in future. But to silence your brain or to get it to sleep for a few hours, you neither need to limit your sight-seeing nor stop making the most of your caravanning adventure, writing down the things you wish to do or see the next day can do the trick. But don’t perform this ritual immediately before going to bed.
- Turn Off All The Devices:
According to the National Sleep Foundation, the blue light emitted from Smartphone interferes with the body’s internal clock by delaying the release of the sleep hormone, melatonin. This delay makes it harder for you to fall asleep and adversely affects sleep quality. That’s why you should avoid screens at least 30 minutes prior to your bedtime.
- Do It The Old-Fashioned Way:
Reading an old-fashioned, printed book under lamplight will not only improve your chances of having a good night’s sleep when you’re out caravanning, but it might also renew your energy and fill you with enthusiasm.