Taking a vacation from everyday life is one of the best ways to relax and unwind. However,  with travel chaos, family drama, and no regular routine… getting enough sleep while on vacation can be challenging. In most cases, our bodies fail to adjust to the new environment and in the process we fail to get enough sleep. Typically, if you travel to a different region, the body has to adjust to the new time zone, and this is harder on some people than others but generally just takes time. As a result, you wake up feeling tired and fatigued, leaving you with not nearly the energy you need to have the fun you had anticipated. Don’t let your vacation exhaust you! Use these useful tips to sleep well on vacation.


Plan in Advance


Essentially, your body requires at least a day if not two to recover from the time zones. If you want to be on your feet the following day after arriving to your destination, it is necessary to do advance planning. Set your clock to the destination local time a day before departure. Further, find out about if the hotels you have booked have black out curtains. If you’re a particularly light sleeper consider bringing sleeping aids like earmuffs or ear plugs and an eye mask to help you sleep block out unfamiliar sounds and lights in the hotel.


Maintain your Routine While Away


We are creatures of habit and your body likes predictability. If you have a routine at home try to weave elements of the routine into your vacation. Sleeping routines are very important. Resist the urge to take a nap while on the plane if it is not yet your bedtime. Hard as it may be, stick to your routine and go to bed at the appropriate hour, and not when you feel sleepy. This is one of the most important tips to sleep well on vacation. If you stay awake until your bedtime while flying, you allow your body to overcome jetlag. If you normally sleep at 11:00 p.m., stay awake until that time. If you nap you will find you have trouble falling asleep. In addition, once you get to your destination you should avoid taking siesta if your routine does involve napping in the afternoon. If you sleep in the afternoon, you will once again have trouble sleeping at night.


Avoid Alcohol and Unfamiliar Foods


Even though the urge for adventure is usually strong while you are on vacation, you should stay away from unusual foods especially spicy foods if you are not used to them. In addition, you should limit your alcohol consumption particularly if you are still dehydrated from air travel.  Notably, spicy foods trigger heartburn and other gastrointestinal complications that can ruin your good night’s sleep. A running stomach can keep you awake for the whole night. The stomach complications only accelerate the challenges experienced by the body as it tries to adjust to the new environment. Moreover, you should be easy on the booze, especially when you approach the bedtime hour. Alcohol can affect your sleep pattern whereby you stay awake longer than usual, and you wake up with a massive hangover. Nothing zaps energy like a hangover!


These may sound a little killjoy but if you can observe the above tips to sleep well on vacation you will be more likely to enjoy your holiday and come back ready to tackle life again. Make a point to respect your body and your need to rest so that you have the energy you need to enjoy your surroundings, relax, unwind, and have fun!