Travel Sleep Tips and Why It’s Hard to Get Restful Sleep on the Road

Holidays are not only known for family get-togethers and some time away from the workplace. They also come with long haul trips to the provinces and nights of sleeplessness.

Because it’s already a given that you’ll lose a couple of hours of sleep during the holidays, what some people try to make amends by just sleeping on the way to wherever they’re going. Unfortunately, this doesn’t cut it as it’s nearly impossible to sleep while traveling.

Ever wondered why? Here are a few answers:

  • REM sleep paralyses your spine and muscle tone which makes it difficult to sleep while sitting up. Your spine won’t be able to hold your body up while asleep, so it’s common to find yourself getting jolted awake when you lose control of your body.  This makes it almost impossible to sleep while sitting on a vehicle.
  • A vehicle’s chair isn’t exactly what most people consider as comfortable. Being comfortable will make you feel relaxed and ready to fall asleep and that’s just hard to achieve while riding a bus, plane, or car.
  • You might feel worried about your safety. It’s unfortunate that people with malicious intents like to take advantage of sleeping individuals in public spaces, so you have to stay on your toes to keep yourself and your belongings safe while traveling. This can keep you on edge which won’t really help your sleep.
  • Your co-passengers are noisy. Not everyone can fall asleep next to a screaming child or a talkative group of people.
  • You’re dehydrated. Lots of us don’t really drink anything when traveling because of the hassle of having to go to the bathroom. Most of the time, they’re completely inaccessible, so it’s best to not just drink anything. Unfortunately, dehydration won’t just make you uncomfortable, but it also makes you feel more exhausted. These, in turn, can make it harder to get a good shuteye while on the road.

As most of us like to make the most of our time, lots of long haul travels to the provinces are often scheduled at night. This way, you can just sleep en route and then get to what you want to do in the morning when you get to your destination. While you can still sleep while traveling, it won’t be as restful as the sleep you’ll get in your bed.

So, what are you to do? Here are a few tricks that can help you manage the inevitable loss of sleep during the holidays:

Plan Your Holidays Better

If you’re traveling for an action-filled getaway over the holidays, you should make sure to plan it better. It’s best if you can squeeze in some time to actually sleep before getting on your itinerary.

You should also make sure to get some free time in the evenings. This way, you can get ample rest after a tiring day. Sticking to your bedtime is also the best way to ensure that you won’t damage your sleep habit, so try to do that as well.

Pack Your Valuables Properly

If you’re worried about losing your valuables, make sure to secure them while in the vehicle. Wearing a small bag underneath your clothing can help secure your money and IDs. If you’re carrying other valuables, safely pack it inside a bag that you can stash safely away.

Bring Pillows

The seats on most vehicles aren’t comfortable even for sitting, so if you want to sleep on them, you should at least try to make them more comfortable. Pillows are the most portable items that can help you get comfortable, so, if you can, bring one to help you get some shuteye while on the road.

Stay Hydrated (If Possible)

As mentioned above, dehydration can make you even more tired, so it’s important to stay hydrated even while traveling. Doing so can be hard if you’re going to use public transportation, though.

To avoid the hassle, you can limit your liquid intake while on the road and opt to rehydrate well once you get to your destination. If your trip has scheduled stops, you should also take full advantage of them. Rehydrating about 45 to an hour before the stop can be a good way to make sure that you’ll be able to get your fill of fluids and still make it to a comfort room when your bladder neeeds it.

Take a Premium or Sleeper Bus (If Possible)

Lots of long haul destinations are now catered by Premium and sleeper buses. Due to the size of their seats, they can be comfortable eonough to sleep in. They can be the best options if you want to make the most out of your time. Unfortunately, they’re not the cheapest options, but if you can splurge anyway, your mode of transportation is always a good place to put your money in.

If your time off from work or school will involve a lot of traveling, keeping these in mind can come in handy. They can help minimize the number of hours of sleep you’ll lose over the holidays.

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