How To Sleep Comfortably When You Are Traveling Around The World

19 Jun How To Sleep Comfortably When You Are Traveling Around The World

Having trouble sleeping while traveling is a common problem, even for frequent flyers and vacationers. The difficulties can stem from an unfamiliar environment, from an uncomfortable flight or from the powerful force of jet lag. Here is how you can prepare yourself for these universal issues with traveling and get enough rest.

The first thing to prepare for is the flight, which will disrupt your regular sleep pattern, especially if it is a long international journey. When buying your plane tickets, choose times that are less likely to upset your bedtime routine to the point of ruining your entire trip. In order to sleep better when you travel on a plane, avoid red-eye flights unless they are truly necessary and adjust your sleep routine days ahead of time to better acclimate to the new location’s time-zone. It might be smart to book yourself an extra day off to recover and rest — this will help you feel refreshed when you want to tackle tourist sites, hit your business meeting or visit relatives on your trip.

Unless you are flying first class, you will be sitting upright in cramped quarters for the duration of your journey. You should dress in loose and comfortable clothing like sweatpants and cotton t-shirts — tight or constricting clothing may be more fashionable, but it will also make it tricky to relax. The pillows offered on planes are small and limp, so you should get travel-sized CPAP supplies in Barrie and other Ontario locations, like The Contour Twist Pillow With Massage. This will give you the good neck support throughout the journey and help you catch some shut-eye after take-off. If you are worried about disturbing passengers with accidental snoring, you can easily bring on a nasal strip or mouth guard to reduce symptoms.

When you finally arrive at your destination, you will likely want to go to your hotel and unwind after a long day of traveling. You should pack portable CPAP therapy devices with you so that you can continue your treatment in your hotel. The store will have lightweight ResMed CPAP masks and machines that won’t take up most of your suitcase — a portable battery pack will also make for an excellent backup plan for power outages or plug problems. If you don’t want to use a battery pack, you can look through the CPAP supplies in Mississauga to find a universal worldwide travel charger that can adapt to four international plugs. Remember to double-check the official plug and socket types of your travel location ahead of your trip — there are currently fifteen types of outlet plugs being used around the world, running from Type A all the way to Type O.

Finally, you will want to take precautions to avoid being overcome by jet lag after your flight touches down because the symptoms will definitely affect your sleep — recovery becomes more challenging depending on the person’s age and on how many time zones they have passed. Common jet lag symptoms will impact your ability to get your recommended amount of sleep like insomnia, headaches, nausea, constipation, diarrhea, indigestion, anxiety and irritability. If you want to lessen the symptoms of jet lag and recover quickly when you reach your destination, here are some helpful travel tips:

  • Stay hydrated by drinking lots of water during your flight so that you feel healthy and refreshed. High altitudes and air purification in the plane will already make you dehydrated so drinks like alcohol, coffee and tea will only amplify the problem.
  • Try to sleep during long flights, even if you only manage to squeeze in a twenty-minute nap.
  • Try to eat meals and go to bed at the appropriate time for the destination, to get your body accustomed to the environment.

Sleeping in a new destination will never be as easy as crawling into your own bed, but you shouldn’t feel miserable and sleep deprived any time that you fly. When you take these travel precautions, you’ll feel better rested and ready to enjoy your journey away from home.

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