Many meetings professionals travel frequently, and on long trips, face the challenge of getting enough sleep so that they’re stay refreshed and alert during the duration of their stay. By making a few adjustments to their sleep cycle, professionals can turn potentially grueling experiences into thoroughly enjoyable ones.
Travelle.co offers the following tips, revised for this post.
Control the lighting in your room. Keep the room as dark as possible. This sneaky tactic helps to convince your body when it’s time to get up and go to bed regardless of the hour, thereby helping you to adjust your sleep cycle.
Caffeine can provide a big energy boost, but timing is everything. Enjoy it in the morning, but avoid it in the afternoon and evening so that you can have a good night’s sleep.
Napping might seem to be a remedy for exhausted travelers, but actually it can interfere with your sleep cycle by preventing you from getting a full night’s rest. Avoiding naps helps you to adjust to a new sleep schedule and thereby enables you to fell less groggy after lunch.
Create a relaxing, enjoyable evening routine that will help your mind and body accommodate to your new schedule. This routine can involve soaking in a bath, drinking herbal tea and meditating, among other things.
Put your electronic devices away at least 30 minutes before bedtime. Avoid looking at your phone and laptop, and watching TV because they can disrupt your sleep cycle.
Some people read, watch movies and work in bed. Generally, it’s best to avoid them before sleep time, because your mind associates them with part of the bedtime experience, and they can keep you from getting rest. If the body associates the bedroom only with sleeping, you’ll think only of it only as a place to get a good night’s rest. This can help to facilitate quicker, more relaxing sleep.
If necessary, use a doctor-approved dose of melatonin to help you sleep, wear an eye mask or use earplugs. By blocking out distracting lights and sounds, your body will have an easier, more restful sleep.