Five ways to get better sleep while travelling
MOST people have trouble sleeping when travelling. Here are five easy tips to help you maximise your rest during your trip.
BRING A TRAVEL PILLOW
Some people think a travel pillow is only useful when travelling by plane. However, once you buy one, you will find many opportunities to use it.
Travel pillows come in many shapes and sizes, but can be bulky and attention-grabbing. However, there is an inflatable type that can be stored discreetly.
WEAR COMPRESSION SOCKS
These special socks will increase blood flow to your feet, which you will be thankful for when sitting for a long period of time.
When flying business class or first class, airlines usually provide these socks for free. But using the wrong size can make the problem worse. So it is better to bring your own.
Dehydration is another cause of poor sleep. This is often due to travellers consciously drinking less to avoid having to get up multiple times during long flights.
There is an easy solution. Instead of drinking water, go for sports drinks that replenish electrolytes faster and keep you hydrated with lower intake. Or, you can buy "hydration packs" to fortify regular water with electrolytes.
BUY NOISE-CANCELLING HEADPHONES
These headphones allow you to enjoy any digital content privately, while shutting out external noise. Earbud models are now available.
LISTEN TO WHITE NOISE
Commonly used as a sleeping aid, "white noise" - like the sound of nature - can promote deeper sleep.
Visiting places like the beach, mountains or camping in the woods may help one to sleep, as those natural sounds are available freely. But if your destination is too noisy, you can easily buy an app with such sounds and play it on any of your smart devices.
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