Low lights and a warm room make the setting for an afternoon nap, a traveler’s best defense against jet lag, stress, and everyday fatigue. To maximize your minutes or mere hours for repose, I’ve compiled some handy tips.
- Even small amounts of light can reset the body’s internal clock, so for a sound siesta, pull the shade, hit the lights, or don a sleeping mask.
- If your plan is to get your shut eye on the plane, request a window seat, preferably near the front. Not only is it a bit quieter in the first few rows, but you’ll have more control over the amount of light around you.
- Adjust the room temperature so it’s slightly on the cool side. Rooms that are too hot or cold are less conducive to sleep, according to a study found on eHow.com.
- Lavender oil or a spritz of lavender linen spray on your sheets often helps achieve a restful sleep.
- Be careful not to nap too long — experts recommend keeping naps under an hour — and do not nap after 3pm as these things can make it harder to fall asleep at night.
- Have a light snack before bed or before a nap. A hungry belly can interfere with sleep. However, so can a full stomach so be careful not to stuff yourself. A banana, toast with butter, or yogurt are great before-rest snacks.
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Enjoy your Thanksgivings everyone, and I’ll be back with more business travel updates on Monday!