5 Tips to Sleep Better While Traveling for the Holidays

For a lot of people, the holiday season means traveling long distances to visit friends or relatives.  While we may look forward to this time of year, the travel itself can be exhausting.  Sleeping in a car or (even worse) an airplane can be difficult or even seemingly impossible, and if you’re traveling long distances you have jet lag to add into the equation.  Here is some sleep advice to help keep your holiday visits merry, by helping you sleep better while traveling:

  • Purchase a good travel pillow: You’ll thank yourself for making this purchase when you don’t wake up with an incredibly stiff neck!
  • Bring some music: Fill an iPod or your smartphone with soothing music that will help you relax.
  • Dress comfortably: Don’t worry about how you look (within reason, of course). If wearing sweatpants and a t-shirt will help you rest, that’s great!
  • Take care of your body: Drink lots of water to stay hydrated.  Avoid excess alcohol, as drinking can negatively affect your sleep.
  • Take some jet lag advice from the experts: British Airways put together a jet lag calculator.  Enter a little information, and they’ll give you advice on how to minimize the stupor that can come from flying across multiple time zones.

Most of all … enjoy yourself and have a happy holiday!