These tips will help you sleep easy this holiday travel season
While the holidays are fun, and family is fun, traveling during the holidays to see that family can be . . . not as fun. One pattern that routinely gets garbled during holiday travel is sleep. Stressful commutes, living out of a suitcase, and rooms that make you feel stuffy and congested can make settling in for a good night’s rest pretty difficult. But, never fear: there are ways to get premium shut-eye, no matter where your travels take you!
Try these eight tips to increase relaxation, combat travel-related congestion, and sleep like a baby, even if your “bed” is just a couch in Grandma’s living room.
Make a Sleep Tight Playlist
Before you leave for your trip, collect your favorite soothing songs and put them onto one long playlist. Not only will these familiar tunes provide comfort while you’re on the road, but they’ll help sing you to sleep no matter where you end up resting your head that night.
Pack Your Breathe Right Nasal Strips
Whether you’re staying in a house that’s playing havoc with your allergies, or dealing with dryness thanks to Winter heating, bringing along Breathe Right Extra Strength Nasal Strips will help relieve your nighttime nasal congestion fast. Plus, the fact that Breathe Right Nasal Strips are drug-free means that you won’t wake up the morning of a big celebration feeling groggy.
A great way to stay asleep during the early morning hours is to use earplugs, especially if you’re staying at a house where lots of different people are waking up at lots of different times.
Don’t Forget a Sleep Mask
The same way earplugs help keep you in a nice, quiet cocoon, a soft sleep mask is great for keeping light from the rest of the house from invading your beauty rest.
Fill a Baggie With Your Favorite Soothing Tea
Fill a travel-appropriate baggie with tea that helps you unwind, and stash it in your suitcase for those moments when you need a little extra help relaxing around relatives.
Keep Your Caffeination in Check
You may feel the need to stay caffeinated during long travel days, but while you’re powering up, make sure to keep an eye on when you’ll want to power down. Drinking caffeine too late in the day can make falling asleep later that much more difficult.
Create a To-Do List
Nagging thoughts keep you up? Write up a quick to-do list before you go to bed, of all the errands and important things you need to take care of the next day. Once they’re down on paper, your mind will be free to relax!
Meditate Your Way to Zzz’s
Taking a few minutes to focus on your breathing is a fantastic way to clear your head, and these days, there are whole apps dedicated to sleep meditations. However you do it, carving out time to just “be still” is a simple way to ease into a good night’s sleep.