Tips for better sleep on the road
Business travel can be stressful, it’s true. The CWT Solutions Group even recently introduced a Travel Stress Index to help businesses quantify the cost of the stress on their traveling employees. Personally, I’ve found that the stress of business travel is even more magnified when I can’t seem to get a good night’s sleep while on the road.
And why is it that business travel and blissful slumber aren’t exactly a match made in heaven? I’d say there are a variety of reasons:
- The business at hand: If you’ve arrived the night before a big presentation or meeting, you may find your mind is racing with the details of the next day. Mental shutdown is not an easy task.
- Environment: The hotel room may be too warm or too cold, and the bed is likely different than the one you’re accustomed to sleeping on at home.
- Schedule: Business travel often involves early mornings full of meetings and late nights entertaining clients or attending events – this may or may not match up with your usual schedule at home.
Of these factors, the one that I usually try to take control of is my environment. For me it’s all about temperature and noise.
- Temperature: If the hotel room is too warm, there’s no way I’ll fall asleep. To combat this, I generally travel with a small travel fan. There are plenty of small, battery-operated options that are easy to pack and can make a big difference in your comfort level at the hotel.
- Sound: When the room is too quiet, I can hear every little noise coming from inside or outside. And if I have the misfortune of getting a hotel room near the elevator or ice machine, drifting off to sleep can be a challenge. I like having some sort of white-noise machine. There are options for travel-size sound machines, or even more convenient are the variety of sound machine apps you can download for your Smartphone.
What tips do you recommend for a better night’s sleep on the road (and hopefully a more productive next day)?