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Sweet Hotel Dreams: Getting a Good Night’s Sleep



No matter how great your hotel room is, it still isn’t your home and your own comfy bed. So to help ensure you get the best night of rest you can when you’re on the road, here are some easy tips:

- Check the room alarm clock. It sounds so obvious but when you first get to your room, check the clock to be sure it shows the right time and that the alarm is off. You don’t want to be rudely awakened before you need to be up.

- Combat dryness. Hotel room air can be very dry which can affect your skin and sinuses.
   1. To increase moisture, keep the window open if you can, always remembering your security comes first.
   2. Limit the heat in the room; make the room a little cooler.
   3. Bring a humidifier with you. There are some small portable humidifiers that don’t take up much space in your luggage.
   4. Request a humidifier from the hotel. Some hotels keep a supply of portable humidifiers for guests.
   5. Run the hot water in the shower with the bathroom door open. Though you shouldn’t run it all night long, you can run it right before you turn in to help you get to sleep.
   6. Place a few glasses of water on top of the heater or radiator to add moisture to the air as it evaporates.
   7. Use a saline nasal spray and water mist. The saline keeps your nasal passages moist. And you can use the water mist for your face or other body parts that need moisture.

  - Combat noise. If you are sensitive to noise try the following:
   1. Use earplugs
   2. Keep the TV or radio on low to provide white noise.
   3. Use the fan on the air conditioning unit or a portable humidifier.
   4. Find a white noise app for your phone or laptop or tablet.
   5. If noise if coming from an adjacent room, complain to the front desk. If that doesn’t help, ask to change rooms.

 - Combat light. If the curtains won’t close or light is coming in under the door, here are some simple tricks to try:
  1. Bring a black binder clip and use it to pinch the curtains closed.
  2. Prop a chair or table against the curtains.
  3. Stuff a towel in front of the door to block the light.
  4. Wear an eye mask.

- Check the pillows and linens. If you have allergies, this is a priority.  Don’t be afraid to ask for an acceptable pillow or more blankets or some new linen if you don’t like the ones on your bed.

Don’t be shy about pursuing what you need to be comfortable. You may need to be creative but it’s worth it to get a good night’s sleep and stay healthy. As I always say, you are the one footing the bill and are entitled to your rest and comfort.

See you on the road!

 Kathy Ameche

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