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.


Gift Ideas for the Sleepy


While some of you have already ticked off every item on your gifts list, there might still be some who are quite stumped with what to give to a friend, family, or co-worker. If they happened to love sleep (or you feel like they need more of it), you’re in luck because we have a few suggestions that might come in handy.

So, what should you give a sleepyhead or someone you think should get more zzz’s? Here are our picks:

A New Mattress!


Perfect for aging parents, siblings, and even yourself, a new mattress will guarantee a good night’s sleep for the new year. Just make sure to check with them how firm they like their mattresses to be or better yet, let them pick something from our website!


knitted pillows

If you don’t have the budget for going all out, you can also go small and get a nice pillow or two. It’s best to give decorative or huggable pillows since pillows for sleeping need to be the perfect fit for sleepers.

Air Purifier

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Struggling with allergies in the bedroom? An air purifier will help you get better zzz’s. The best thing here is, if you’re not too keen on getting an appliance, you can also opt to give a potted plant that can also get the job done.



Cute and cozy pajamas are some of the best gift ideas for those who love to lounge around and catch some shuteye.


chunky blanket

Blankets are also great gifts for those who love to snooze as they will always get reminded of you every time they get under the covers. There are also tons of options to choose from, so you’re guaranteed to find the perfect gift for your loved one.

Eye Mask

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They’re cute, functional, and affordable, so why not opt to give them out as gifts? The best part is the fact that these items are very versatile. They can be taken and used anywhere, so you’re not only helping your loved one sleep better, but also get more zzz’s.

Linen Spray

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If nice scents relax the person you wish to give a gift to, a linen spray is an essential for their bedroom. These products are easily available and can even be DIY’ed so it’s easily one of the easiest gift options there is.



This might seem like a cop-out gift, but anyone who knows how to relax will love a nice smelling candle for their bedroom. Skip the harsh smells and opt for these scents instead as they are the best for bedrooms as they’re relaxing and can enhance your sleep.

These are just a few examples of what would be great gifts to those who like to sleep and deserve to get more zzz’s. We hope we were able to give you a few good ideas to give out and make your holiday merrier.

Sleep Could Be Your Valentine this V-Day

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While many of us already have things planned for Valentine’s Day, some are still clueless with how they want to spend it. But if you ask us for ideas how to spend V-Day (whether you have someone special or not), we’ll tell you that sleep can be your (or your extra) Valentine this coming Sunday.

sleeping couple

Sleep could be the best Valentine ever for so many reasons:

1. Although, they can be elusive for some, they’re always comforting.

Just imagine how refreshed you’ll be after an hour-long nap!

2. Sleep is always a great way to pass some time.

If you don’t want to really go through Valentine’s Day, spending it with sleep will help you watch the time fly.

3. Sleep is a low-cost date.

No money, no problem! Sleeping doesn’t really require you to spend a lot of money, unless you intend to get a new mattress. Even then you’re not really on the losing side, as mattresses are great investments that could last a long time. Especially if you get a Salem Bed, you’re guaranteed quality sleep for countless nights.

4. Homebodies will find their perfect match in sleep.

As some say, home is where the heart is, and in this case, sleep as well. Most of us sleep best at home, making sleep a great Valentine’s date for homebodies.

5. Whether you’re already spending V-Day with your special someone, sleep can double as your Valentine’s date activity as well.

Such versatility cannot be found elsewhere!

Honestly, if you’ll ask us, every holiday can be spent by sleeping. Sure, there are tons of things that you can do on V-Day, but if you want a fuss-free activity, catching some zzz’s can be the perfect option.

Holiday Sleep Tips (First in a Series)

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With the holidays fast approaching, it is just normal for everyone to be a little bit busier than the usual. Parties, get-togethers, special gatherings, and reunions fill everyone’s calendars, not to mention all the shopping, cleaning, and receiving guests in between. This is why a lot of us end up relegating sleep to the backseat, deciding to squeeze an additional task or two before hitting the sack.

To avoid having to sacrifice sleep over everything you have to do during the Yuletide season, we’ve rounded a number of handy tips to help you deal with the upcoming holidays. These tips will be available in a series of blog posts, so make sure to stay tuned for new ones for the next weeks to come.

1. Plan ahead

Schedule everything. And we mean everything. This means you should schedule not only your parties, but also your major household chores, including general cleaning, decorating, and maybe receiving guests. This way, you have a clear view of the time you have, so you can also plan accordingly and prioritize.

to do list

2. Keep your sleep schedule

One of the dangers of the holiday season is the late nights we all tend to have during parties and events. This, of course, will affect our sleeping schedules, so you have to be very mindful about your bedtime during this season. If you can, make sure to sleep and wake up at the same time you usually do, so you can make sure that you’re still getting enough sleep and so you won’t feel groggy and awful by the time that the holidays are over.

sleeping boy

3. Prioritize

Armed with a list of things to do, weigh every task you have at hand. Then look at which ones you need to get done ASAP and deal with those first. When you’re so busy, you should never procrastinate, as running out of time will definitely stress you out more. Prioritizing will also help you have a good look at the things you need to do, and maybe even cut down your list if the other ones aren’t really necessary.

4. Instead of worrying about the things you need to do, think of your achievements for the day when you go to bed.

As the down time of going to bed makes it the best moment for contemplation, we’re all prone to fretting and worrying once our heads hit our pillows. And with everything you need to do before the holiday comes in, it can be perfect to recount all of the things that you have to accomplish once you’re already lying in bed. This can easily hamper your sleep and leave you wanting for more come daylight.


What you should do is recount your accomplishments for the day instead. This will help you feel better and productive, giving you some peace of mind and relaxation at the end of the day. It will also help you fall asleep better, as you won’t be too worried about how you will finish everything you need to do for the next day.


This holiday season, give yourself the gift of sleep, whether in the form of actual slumber, or with a new Salem Bed. Make sure to also watch out for our other sleep tips for the holiday season this week, as we’ll be posting more handy tricks in how to get more zzz’s despite your busy social calendars.

Design Highlight: Holiday Bedrooms

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With the holidays just a few sleeps away, most homes are now decked with lights, trinkets, and tinsels to bring home the holiday cheers. Not only does most homeowners enjoy having an excuse to decorate their humble abodes with some season-appropriate trinkets, but visitors will also surely appreciate the effort that you’ve put in to celebrate the holidays. We know we love homes all beautified for the end of the year festivities, and we’re sure most of you do, too!

The thing, though, is that not a lot of homes choose to decorate their bedrooms for the holidays. Most opt to just decorate their living and dining rooms, while bedrooms left as is. Especially since bedrooms are private spaces and most guests won’t even see them, some people do not want to go through the stress of planning and executing for these spaces. However, if you’re thinking of going the other way, this blog post is for you!

Since it is a Monday, we’ve decided to round up a few inspiring interiors that are definitely in the holiday mood already. Check out our selections below and click on the links to read more about each bedroom.


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salem beds holiday bedrooms

salem beds holiday bedrooms

salem beds holiday bedrooms

salem beds holiday bedroom

salem beds holiday bedroom

Some usual decoration techniques to try for the bedroom include hanging garlands, string lights, and wreaths, adding decorative pieces like pine cones, and other baubles, and using holiday themed bed clothes are some of the easiest ways to introduce some festivity in your bedroom.

salem beds holiday bedrooms

Hanging some holiday stockings can also be a great way to inject some holiday vibe into your bedroom.

salem beds holiday bedrooms

salem beds holiday bedrooms

salem beds holiday bedrooms

Those who don’t observe religious holidays around this time of the year but still love to decorate their homes for the new year, adding a little bit of sparkle and whimsy is also a great way to welcome the New Year with a bang!

salem beds holiday bedroom

Opt for some winter whites for a bright new year.

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Make your bedroom sparkle and glitter a little in coordination with your end-of-the-year party.

Spread the cheer all throughout your home and couple your bedroom’s comfort with some glitter and sparkle to make it more festive. We know you love your bedrooms, but a little bit more cheer added to it can be a nice way to keep the whole interior design theme a bit more unified all throughout your home.

Holiday Sleep: How to Sleep Well this Season

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With the holidays coming up in just a few days, we’re sure that you’re already in the middle of all of your preparations for the upcoming visits, trips, and parties that you’re about to have with family and friends. It can be nerve-racking and stressful, as there’s so much to do with so little time.

While it is typical to get specially busy around this time of the year, we feel that it is important to remind everyone to avoid sacrificing their sleep just to get everything done. Sure, there’s just so much to do that sleeping late and getting up early seems to be the most logical solution to all of your conundrums, but keep in mind that this can take a toll on your health as well.

Some may, however, argue that getting some quality sleep around these time of the year is near to impossible. Again, there’s just so many things to do, so many party to attend, and a lot of friends to see, so why sleep when you can be merry?

Well, for one, you will need to recharge after all the activities you’ve engaged in. With everything you need to do, you need as much energy that you can get and use to be able to rush around. With enough sleep, you can actually be more alert and efficient, allowing you to work smart while working hard. Aside from this, you really wouldn’t want to start the new year with a massive sleep debt, would you?

You might be wondering, though, how are you going to get some quality sleep over the holidays? To help you out, here are some of our tips:

1. Keep your sleeping schedule.

salem beds holiday sleep

If you have a regular bedtime, it’s very likely that you also have a regular wake-up time as well. However, with all of the holiday preparations you may be doing right now, you might opt to push your bedtime a few hours later to accommodate more tasks and some evening parties. While this works out every time, if you want to sleep better for the holidays, you can at least try to make up for it when you don’t really have to stay up late. If there’s no need to finish something immediately, you should stick to your regular bedtime and try to fall asleep on the usual hour you doze off on regular days.

Waking up at the same time is also essential. This keeps your Circadian rhythm healthy and can even help you get better sleep despite your hectic schedule. By getting up at your regular schedule, you’re also more likely to sleep at the same bedtime, allowing your body to stick to its recognized and established schedule.

2. Relegate some tasks to others.

One of the things that causes sleepless holidays is that you simply have too much to do. If you think you have too much on your plate, why not elect some loved ones to assist you? Get your eldest child or your sister to run some easy errands like answering calls and following up on people. Relieving yourself from some of the time consuming but menial tasks will surely free up some of your time and let you sleep better at night.

3. Avoid late night tasks.

Salem beds holiday sleep

For the holidays, learn how to know how much task is enough for the day so you can have some time for yourself to sit back and relax. If you don’t really need the task done by morning, put it off a day later and deal with it when you wake up.

4. Try not to get too stressed out.

Stress is the enemy of sleep. Try reducing your stress levels so you can doze off easier at night.

5. Try not to drink yourself to sleep.

You’re tired, you’re stressed, and there’s an open bar at the party you’re in. Why not make sure you’re sleeping soundly tonight by drinking a glass or two more of that wine you’re having? Well, for one, it may not exactly be the best solution to ensure a good night’s sleep for that evening. It may even be counter productive and hamper your ability to doze off that evening. Alcohol can work as sleep inhibitors in most cases, so they’re not exactly recommended if you want quality slumber.

6. Take naps.

salem beds holiday sleep

If you really can’t get a full night’s sleep, at least take naps during the day to keep you alert and awake.

7. Give yourself a break.

You’ve accomplished a lot and you should reward yourself. Why not catch some shuteye as a way to treat and give yourself a break? Take some time during the holidays to just stop and enjoy the buzz and being with your family. You can surely afford to stop and bask in the holiday cheers for a moment this season, so make sure to do so.

8. Get comfortable.

Maybe it’s your comfort that’s keeping you from getting a good night’s sleep this holiday season. Keep your bed clean (put all those lists and pens away) so you won’t accidentally roll on something pointy and hurt yourself in the middle of the night. If you’re also visiting relatives and you’re sure you won’t be sleeping on a bed (due to the amount of relatives spending the night and the house being packed), squeezing in a portable mattress in the trunk of your car before you head out to their place can also be a great idea. This way, you can ensure that you’ll have a cozy surface to sleep in.


This holiday season, we wish you can give yourself the gift of sleep. Just give it a try and see for yourself how enjoyable your holidays can be with enough shuteye.