As I mentioned last week, this is the second installment in my series about that dreamy topic, sleep.
Quality sleep can be especially elusive during travel, even if it is a long awaited and relaxing vacation. Interrupted schedules, unfamiliar beds, unusual sounds, and strange foods can all contribute to lack of sleep, causing you to unravel. I call it “Sravel.”
There are plenty of apps, and tools to help sooth you to bed, and this NY Times article does a great job of sharing some.
I find the following especially useful to have in mind (or on hand) when away from home:
- Align with the light as quickly as possible. Especially if traveling across time zones. Sleeping while its dark and awaking during light will regulate your circadian rhythm and not only support better sleep, but also digestion and overall body function.
- Bring your favorite essential oil to dab on your pillow or being your ears at bedtime. I like lavender or peace and calming (a yummy combination of tangerine, orange, chamomile, ylang ylang and patchouli).
- A sleep mask can block out unwanted light AND be used during transport to your destination. Get a silky, comfy one, or make your own.
- Non-intrusive headphones to play music, white noise or whatever sounds lullaby you off to sleep and enlist your auditory senses for a peaceful night.
You can also engage in activities to help you wind down, like:
- Light stretching.
- Calmative breathing. I love Dr. Andrew Weil’s 4-7-8 breathing technique.
- Drinking herbal teas—I always travel with them.
Importantly avoid eating a big meal or drinking alcohol within at least 2-hours of bedtime, and for goodness sake, stay hydrated. You’ll feel more energetic and ready to work or play.
Of course, if you want to dig deeper into this topic, love the beach and are jonesing for an escape, join me and my fellow wellness experts for the Montauk Sleepscape Retreat, May 3-6
May the sleep gods be with you while you roam!
Marjorie, Chief MOJO Maker™
Montauk Sleepscape Retreat, May 3-6 – Ocean air, beachfront accommodations, yoga, meditation, great food, sunset boat cruise, techniques for getting quality sleep, and 1:1 health coaching.