Planning a Vacation? Remember to Plan for Sleep
May 17, 2010
Whether you're planning an extravagant summer vacation or keeping things simple with a local staycation, don't let poor sleep spoil the fun. Every day, millions of travelers struggle against one of the most common sleep disorders - jet lag. Studies have shown that the condition actually results from an imbalance in our body's natural "biological clock" or Circadian rhythm caused by traveling to different time zones. Some simple behavioral adjustments before, during and after arrival at your destination can help minimize some of the side effects of jet lag.
The most common environmental elements affecting sleep are noise, sleep surface, temperature or climate, and altitude. If you're sleeping away from home, check to see what amenities your hotel offers to ensure a good night's sleep. A hotel should always provide travelers with a quiet sleeping environment that includes a supportive bed and a selection of pillows. If there is outside noise or other disturbances, guests should be given the opportunity to move to a quieter room in the hotel. Many hotels are happy to accommodate weary travelers' requests.
And lastly, if you you're on CPAP, don't forget to take it with you! The Department of Transportation's limit of one bag and one personal item does not include medical devices, such as CPAP. Remember, there are lightweight machines that can use batteries or may be hooked up to other power sources. What keeps you alert and refreshed at home will serve you well on your travels.
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