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How to get a good night's sleep in a hotel

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How to get a good night's sleep in a hotel
By combining ten strategies, you can transform your hotel stay into a haven of rest and relaxation
Embarking on a journey, whether for business or pleasure, often means experiencing new places and, inevitably, new beds. While the allure of hotel living can be exciting, ensuring a good night's sleep in an unfamiliar setting can be a concern for many travellers. Fear not, weary wanderer, for we've compiled a comprehensive guide to help you unlock the secrets to a restful night in your hotel stay.

1. Research before rest

The quest for a good night's sleep begins before you even step into your chosen hotel. Delve into online reviews and ratings, seeking insights into the comfort of beds and overall sleep quality from previous guests. Prioritise accommodations with positive feedback regarding their commitment to guest satisfaction and investment in quality mattresses and bedding.

2. Pillows, pillows, pillows

In the realm of hotel living, the seemingly simple choice of pillows can hold the key to unlocking a peaceful night's sleep. Should you find the provided pillows unsuitable, don't hesitate to request additional ones or explore alternatives offered by the hotel.
By customising your pillow selection, you're taking a significant step toward ensuring a good night's sleep that aligns with your unique comfort preferences. Remember, the art of pillow selection extends beyond the mundane; it is a personal and essential aspect of crafting a sleep sanctuary in your temporary abode.
Image of a wooden bed with duvet and pillows and cushions

3. Unpack and unwind

After checking in, unpack your belongings to create a sense of order and familiarity. A clutter-free space can contribute to a tranquil environment conducive to relaxation. Dim the lights to signal to your body that it's time to wind down; many hotels now offer adjustable lighting to cater to individual preferences. Consider also packing a sleep kit containing items that help you unwind, such as lavender essential oil or a cozy sleep mask.

4. Temperature control

Hotel room temperatures can be unpredictable, and finding the right balance is crucial for a good night's sleep. Experiment with the thermostat to achieve a temperature that aligns with your personal preferences. If the room tends to be on the colder side, utilise extra blankets provided by the hotel or request additional bedding.
Conversely, if the room tends to be warmer, consider adjusting the thermostat or inquire about the availability of a fan. Striking the right temperature balance ensures that your sleep environment remains comfortable throughout the night.

5. Embrace familiarity

Combat the potential disorientation of a hotel room by incorporating familiar elements from home. Traveling with a cherished blanket, a well-loved book, or a playlist of calming music can provide a comforting sense of routine. Familiar scents, such as a preferred fragrance or essential oil, can also contribute to a more relaxing atmosphere. By consciously infusing your temporary dwelling with elements from home, you create a reassuring environment that promotes relaxation and, ultimately, a more restful sleep.
Image of a hotel bedroom with bed and side tables with lamps

6. Tech timeout

In the age of digital connectivity, it's tempting to bring the world into your hotel room via screens and devices. However, the blue light emitted by screens can interfere with your body's natural sleep-wake cycle. To optimise your chances of a good night's sleep, consider implementing a tech timeout before bedtime. If you must use devices, consider utilising blue light filters, which can minimise the disruptive effects of screen time on your sleep patterns.

7. Mindful sleep routine

Beyond the physical aspects of your sleep environment, cultivating a mindful sleep routine can significantly contribute to a restful night in a hotel. Start by engaging in calming activities in the hour leading up to bedtime. A warm shower or bath can help relax tense muscles, while practicing mindfulness meditation or gentle stretching can signal to your body that it's time to wind down.
While it may be tempting to indulge in that tempting late-night coffee or dessert, these can disrupt your sleep by interfering with the natural circadian rhythms. Instead, opt for a calming herbal tea or warm milk, both of which have natural sleep-inducing properties.

8. Address noise concerns

While some find solace in the ambient sounds of a city, others may be disturbed by street noise or neighbouring activities. Arm yourself with a pair of quality earplugs or consider using a white noise machine to drown out potential disturbances. Many hotels now offer these amenities upon request, recognising the importance of a quiet and serene environment for quality sleep.
While modern hotels are designed to minimise internal noise, factors like air conditioning units or adjacent common areas can still pose challenges. If you find that your room is subject to internal disturbances, consider requesting a room change or speaking to hotel staff about possible solutions.

9. Room service respite

Indulging in a delectable room service meal can be a tempting prospect, especially after a day of travel or exploration. However, the timing and nature of your late-night dining can significantly impact your sleep quality. Consuming heavy or rich foods close to bedtime can lead to indigestion and discomfort, potentially disrupting your sleep. If hunger strikes in the evening, opt for a lighter snack that won't burden your digestive system.

10. Maximise your morning routine

As you wake up refreshed from a night of restful sleep, leverage your morning routine to set a positive tone for the day ahead. Begin with a few minutes of gentle stretching or a brief meditation session to ease into wakefulness. Open the curtains to allow natural light to filter into your room, signalling to your body that it's time to start the day. If your hotel room features a balcony or outdoor space, consider spending a few moments outside to breathe in the fresh air and soak in the early morning atmosphere.
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