When you travel, you may find it difficult to get a good night's sleep. Travel jitters, unfamiliar beds and jet lag can all interfere with quality sleep. When this happens, it can reduce your ability to think clearly, react quickly and deal with stress. Disrupted sleep may also make you an unpleasant travel companion and even weaken your immune system, leaving you more susceptible to illness. Try these trips to maximize your sleep.....
> Take time to unwind Slow the pace of your activities at least two hours before going to sleep. Try to maintain the same bedtime ritual that you practice at home. Take a warm shower or bath to relax tense muscles.
> Avoid or limit caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol Caffeine and nicotine are stimulants that may prevent you from falling asleep. Alcohol may help you doze off, but it can cause frequent awakenings during the night.
> Avoid large meals late at night They can cause indigestion that inhibits sleep. Make early dinner reservations, or eat your largest meal at lunch.
> Create a comfortable sleeping environment Try to keep your bedroom dark, quiet and cool. Wear earplugs and eyeshades to help block unfamiliar noises and bright lights.
> Don't lie in bed awake If you’re not asleep after 20 minutes, get up and do some relaxing activity until you feel sleepy. Then return to bed.