I’m something of a serial insomniac, so for me getting to sleep is tricky at the best of times, never mind when I’m not in my own bed. Whether it’s a hotel, a friends house, or the sofa because you’ve had a row with your other half, here are my top tips for getting to sleep easier in a bed that’s not yours.
- Creature comforts. I’m a creature of habit, and I like familiarity. Whether it’s bringing along your own pillow, a much loved stuffed companion, or even just something that smells of home, having something around you’re used to sleeping with is a big help. I don’t go anywhere without my bunny!
- Aromatherapy. Now I know that whipping out an oil burner and a range of essential oils isn’t ideal for travel, but having a soothing scent around really helps out. I have a travel sized version of the This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray, which is also, handily, refillable, and this lives in my travel bag! It works a treat at calming me down, and helping me turn my busy brain off at night. Another great option is to take a small aromatherapy oil, lavender and jasmine are great, to add a little to your pillow!
- Blackout. I’ve gotten into the habit of sleeping with an eye mask, particularly since The Boy rarely goes to sleep at the same time as me anymore. I love my Victoria’s Secret Eye Mask, which blocks out the light, but also is super soft and comforting on my eyes, and now I feel sleepy just putting it on. It’s like I’ve trained my body to go to sleep when the mask is on!
- Fade Out. I tend to need a little helping hand when it comes to switching my brain off at night, and right now, I’m all about the Bhuddify App, which has a whole section of guided meditations for going to sleep, and another section for when you can’t sleep. They really help to let your brain stop thinking too much, and allow you to shut off!
Do you struggle to sleep away from home?