How to Get a Full Night's Rest Without Waking Up
As I lay in my bed in Los Angelas, all I can think about is if I am going to get a full night's rest. I can also guarantee you that I am probably the only person in this hotel that is on Eastern Time. I feel almost like a loser calling the front desk to ask my neighbor to be quiet. In a way, I am a bit jealous of their party and almost want to invite myself, but I am living my life on Eastern Time which is three hours behind.
Luckily, I have some excellent techniques to help me rest which is good for long or short layovers. It is so important to get a good night rest because flying you never know what kind of day you will have. On paper, it can be a beautiful, smooth day, but in reality, you can run into maintenance or weather delays which can drag your day out to 15 hours. I am not sure about you, but to survive these type of days I need rest. That is why I never take advantage of rest and try to make sure I get at least 8 hours.
Below is a list of items that you can use together or separate to make sure you have a great nights rest.
1. Melatonin or Unisome —
It is ok to take some sleeping aid especially when you want to make sure you get a good nights rest. I know for me Melatonin is the right thing for me and I am not even tired the next day. Some people prefer Unisome, which for me makes me super tired the next day. It all depends on your body. I suggest taking these about 30 minutes before you go to bed to receive the full benefits
2. Sleepytime Tea —
If you want something a bit natural, try for some time of Camomile Tea or Sleepytime tea. This tea helps you relax and wind down from the long day.
3. Earplugs —
I love earplugs because they block out most noise. I always have these in my bag because you never know who will be snoring at your Crashpad or hearing people walking in and out of their room. The only time I get nervous about earplugs is when I have a 5 am wake up because I am afraid I might sleep through my alarm. So use cautiously
4. Eye mask —
For some reason any light keeps me up, so I always make sure I have a comfortable eye mask. Also, this is great when you need to take your nap after flying those international routes.
5. Lavender —
I can’t get enough of lavender. You can use it in your shower, lotion or even have a diffuser in your room. When I smell this lovely sent, it relaxes me and takes me to la la land.
6. White noise or Meditation —
Some people can’t sleep with silence so that they might adopt white noise or meditation. For me, a meditation route is the best, because to be honest, we hear enough white noise on the plane.
7. Comfortable PJs —
For me I feel fantastic when I have a set of soft PJs. I always make sure they are lightweight, but at least cover my body so I won’t get hot or cold. I can’t stand waking up in the middle of the night because I am too hot