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5 Tips for Getting a Good Night’s Sleep While Traveling

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Getting a good night sleep on vacation starts with picking a comfortable hotel (with good mattresses), but there are plenty of other things you can do to ensure a good night sleep.

5 Ways to Sleep Better in a Hotel Room

1. Aim High

One of the more annoying ways to be woken up is by the sound of pounding feet. Hotels these days tend to be better insulated, but we always try to request a room on the top floor during hotel stays. You can usually make the request online when you make your reservation. 

2. Spread Out

For families of three or four, a room with two Queen beds is a safe choice if your kids are relatively small. But larger families or those traveling with teens should explore different room categories such as suites or consider getting two rooms. (Ask for adjoining.) Most hotels offer at least a few suites with a separate bedroom and a living room with a sleeper sofa.

In Steamboat Springs, Colorado, we lucked upon a great family room at Hampton Inn that had a King bed in the main sleeping area and a separate area with two twin beds. At the new Hilton Garden Inn Lubbock, we enjoyed a free Hilton Honors Diamond upgrade (I asked!) and were placed in a huge suite with a king bed in the bedroom and a comfortable sleeper sofa in the living room.

Tip: Always check in advance if roll-away beds or cribs are available at no charge and if they are allowed in certain room categories. Fire codes sometimes restrict their placement in certain types of room. 

3. Accessorize 

It’s the little things that can make the difference between a lousy and a restorative night’s sleep. To drown out unwanted noises, my family has started traveling with a white noise machine. These affordable little gadgets help drown out sounds like snoring, clunky air conditioners and outdoor noise.

If that seems too high maintenance, pack some ear plugs and eye masks in case you want to go to sleep before the rest of your clan. Remember, sleep is a precious commodity on vacation. So when you are ready to turn in for the night, make sure you have whatever you might need close by: a bottle of water, tissues, ear plugs, your trusty flashlight, and, if all else fails, an over-the-counter sleep aid. 

4. BYOB: Bring Your Own Blanket  

Another habit my family has developed is bringing our own fleece blankets on road trips, not just for the car ride, but for sleeping at night. Fortunately, more and more hotel chains (including Hilton) have replaced comforters with European-style Duvets that can be easily laundered in between guests. That being said, we tend to sleep better in a chilly room so we BYOB. 

5. Shine Bright

Years ago before I was a mom, my husband and I went on safari in Tanzania staying in lodges. In the middle of the night, my husband walked into a door in an ill-fated attempt to find the bathroom without waking me up. The next morning he had a black eye which was the source of a lot of jokes over the next few days.

Since then, we have traveled with a mini flashlight and have kept it on the bedside nightstand. Sure you could theoretically use the flashlight on your phone, but the blue light is disruptive to your sleep and you may be tempted to check your messages! 

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A self-proclaimed Jersey Girl (with a soft spot for Jon Bon Jovi), Amy currently resides in Austin, Texas with her husband and 11-year old daughter. She picked…

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