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Tips for sleeping while travelling #SleepAnywhere



I’ve lost count of the number of nights I’ve been away from the comforts of my own home and bed during the past year. But it’s a sacrifice I’m willing to make when I can explore new places and enjoy new experiences with my family.

However, a good sleep is something I’m not willing to compromise on. As a mum of two under three-year-olds I might not get as much now as I’d like but it’s made me a bit of an expert at grabbing the best sleep I can when it’s available.



Here’s some of my tried and tested tips for sleeping while travelling:

Fuel for sleep

Pack some snacks in your bag. Traveling can play havoc with your mealtimes and there’s nothing more distracting when you’re trying to sleep than a growling stomach. Put some cereal bars or fruit in your bag to subdue those hunger pangs.


Don’t be your own worst nightmare

At the same time as not wanting to go hungry, be mindful about what you’re eating and drinking while on the go. Alcohol, caffeine and spicy food can all mess up your sleep. You know your own weaknesses so don’t forget about them just because you are somewhere different.

Get a (good) room

When Tin Box Tot was 17-months-old I had an opportunity to have a night away. It was a long time since I had had an uninterrupted night’s sleep so I didn’t need to be asked twice. Unfortunately everything didn’t work out as planned because my room was right next to train tracks. Don’t be afraid to request a quiet room away from the street or hotel lifts.

Pack your sleep props

It can be tough trying to relax in unfamiliar surroundings. Take a DAB radio with you so you can listen to your favourite radio station before bed. Also pack a book – reading before bed always makes me sleepy.

Plan ahead for your little travellers

If anyone is going to have a hard time adjusting to sleeping while travelling its going to be your kids. Take along their bedding and favourite toy – we wouldn’t dare go anywhere without Bedtime Bunny and Geraldine Giraffe.  Familiar smells help soothe kids off to the land of nod. Also try to keep a bit of routine. I say ‘a bit’ because if you’re on holiday it’s almost impossible to stick to what you do at home. Watch for that ‘point of no return’ when little heads just have to hit the pillow and use that as your cue to bring out the story and the milk.

For more tips to achieve a great sleep while you travel check out this infographic from the snooze experts at Bed Guru:

Disclosure: this is a collaborative post with Bed Guru as part of its #SleepAnywhere campaign.

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