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How to Have a Great Night’s Sleep in a Hotel

Are you escaping for a quick getaway this Bank Holiday? Or even having a family holiday with kids this Half-term? The perfect break needs a good night’s sleep to give you the energy to do all your holiday activities! However, a good night’s sleep doesn’t always come easy when we’re away from our comfortable bed at home. Sleeping in an unfamiliar place can lead to a restless night and ultimately an unfulfilling holiday. 

1. Booking the right room

Request a room that is halfway down the hallway, this is most likely the quietest part of the corridor as it is away from the staircases, laundry facilities and the other places where sudden loud noises can occur. Avoid booking a room facing the swimming pool as this can be an early-morning/late-night gathering place and sounds generally echo loudly off the water causing you to wake up at the wrong time.

2. Pack earplugs and eye masks

Avoiding noisy and bright distractions when trying to sleep can be incredibly difficult, so avoid this by bringing earplugs or comfortable SleepPhones® and eye masks with you!

3. Ask the reception for pillow options

Many are unaware that some hotels provide pillows of different firmness. When checking in, be sure to ask the reception for the pillow choices to avoid back or neck pain. If you are travelling by car, you can bring an element of home with you and bring your own pillow. Our sleep expert, Dave Gibson says, “Pillows are often the wrong size for your neck; in order to keep your neck in alignment, bring your usual pillow from home with you on your travels”.

4.Hold the curtains closed with the hotel clip hangers

A tip that air stewards swear by… this will avoid any light streaming in, giving you a dark room to settle in.

5. Switch off all your devices

Apart from mobile notifications keeping you awake in the middle of the night, the ‘blue light’ from your devices stops your body producing melatonin (sleep hormone). To help us sleep we need Melatonin to be switched on in the dark.

6. Set the right room temperature

The perfect temperature for sleep is between 16-18 degrees.

7. Report any noises immediately

If you’re unable to sleep because your neighbours are being too noisy, let the reception know so they can deal with problem.

8. Use your ‘do not disturb’ sign

If you’re planning to sleep in without disruptions from the housekeeper, be sure to put the ‘do not disturb’ sign on the outside doorknob.

9. Ask the reception about blackout shades

Some hotels will have blackout shades to give you the most peaceful night of sleep.

10. Think about bringing your own sheets

If you have a sensitive skin type, it can be an idea to bring your bed sheets with you on your trip. The familiar scent of your home sheets will help you settle quicker and have a good night’s sleep.

Eat right for a great night's sleep

Travelling can not only disrupt your sleeping patterns but also your eating patterns. In our sleep guide our sleep expert Dave Gibson, advises the right foods to help you sleep. Find out what foods will give you energy for a day of sightseeing and those that will help you wind down for a great night’s sleep here.

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