Sleep and travel don’t usually mix. This is because you disrupt the internal clock which helps you turn your brain off so you can sleep. If you are a frequent business then you are certainly no stranger to a lack of sleep. Which also leads to a damaged immune system and frequent colds and other illnesses and affects productivity.
This doesn’t mean that you can’t get a good night’s sleep and be able to rest enough while traveling for business. There are a lot of things you can do to sleep like a baby even when you spend a lot of time on the road. In this article, we will go over several ways that you can improve your sleep while traveling for business.
Stay in a Furnished Apartment
Living out of a suitcase in a hotel room is one of the biggest reasons that you are not sleeping well. When you are in a room with little space and a very sterile-looking environment, it puts your brain into “high alert” mode. This makes it difficult to turn it off and get into sleep mode which allows you to fall asleep quickly and stay asleep.
Staying in a furnished short-term apartment such as these downtown Toronto apartments will feel like a home away from home. They are decorated in a tasteful and cozy way and there is enough space to not feel boxed in. This allows you to settle in as if you were home and gives you a very peaceful feeling.
Practice Good Sleep Hygiene
Sleep hygiene is a confusing term but it simply means that you are practicing good habits that help you sleep no matter where you are. It’s usually bad habits that prevent people from sleeping enough even when they aren’t traveling.
The first step to improving your sleep hygiene is to put yourself on a schedule. Make sure to have a set bedtime every night so you can train your brain to put itself into sleep mode at the right time. It’s a way to set your internal clock.
About 30 minutes before your dedicated time to get to bed, you need to shut off all of your devices and put them away. Looking at a tablet or smartphone screen disrupts your internal clock making it difficult to sleep.
Take a hot shower and use some shower steamers with lavender for aromatherapy that will help put you in sleep mode just before going to bed.
Get Some Exercise
Sitting around in meetings all day makes it difficult to get the muscles moving. This prevents you from getting physically tired. Make sure to get some exercise by taking the stairs instead of the elevator and going for walks.
Exercise helps you produce the hormones that will help you get to rest at the end of the day. Take advantage of a gym in the building or take some yoga classes to make sure you are exercising enough.