RadioMD: Staying Well

How to Sleep Better When Traveling

September 15, 20149 min
What are some things you can do to help promote healthy sleep while you're away from home?When you have to travel for work or if you're finally on your way to a vacation, one of the biggest concerns of your trip might be getting enough sleep. According to the National Sleep Foundation, adults need roughly seven to eight hours of sleep each night.Travel delays, uncomfortable seating in a plane, car or train, missing the comfort of your own bed, and crossing time zones that cause jet lag can cause you to miss out on some much-needed shuteye.Is there a way to tame your jet lag?Jet leg happens when your internal clock is disturbed when you travel across time zones, which can cause extreme fatigue, insomnia and irritability.How can you maintain healthy sleep while traveling?Sadly, there is no way around traveling, but there are some things you can do to help promote healthy sleep while you are on the road (or in the air) and at an unfamiliar hotel.While packing your luggage be sure to include earplugs and a facemask to help ensure you have a quiet and dark place to sleep. If you're someone who has a hard time falling asleep in any other bed than your own, you may want to consider bringing a pillowcase or throw blanket to help bring part of your bedroom to your hotel room.It can also be helpful if you're traveling from East to West to take a natural sleep aid while flying. However, be mindful if you're traveling from the East to the West, you're already shortening your day so by taking a sleeping aid or daytime naps can further disrupt your sleep pattern.What else can you do to sleep better while you travel?Dr. Lydia M. Wytrzes joins Melanie Cole, MS to discuss why you may have trouble falling asleep while traveling; the importance of maintaining a healthy sleep while traveling and ways you can overcome your jetlag.

Chat About How to Sleep Better When Traveling

For You