Holidays. Time to unwind, forget your cares and catch up on some beauty sleep. But if you’ve got something playing on your mind, or find it hard to settle in a new bed, it’s not so easy to head off to the land of nod. Read on for some handy hints to help you snooze.
A couple of drops of lavender oil on your pillow should help you relax. It’s very soothing. You might also find an eye shade and earplugs calming, as they help create your own snug cocoon.
Make sure you’re comfy, too. If you need extra pillows, ask at your hotel’s reception. And use layers of bedclothes, such as a sheet, a duvet and a blanket, so you can regulate your temperature throughout the night.
If you’ve got air conditioning, cool the room during the evening. Then you won’t have to put it on full blast at bedtime, when it will seem louder and could soon have you waking up again, shivering.
Keep paper and a pen handy and write down the niggles that stop you sleeping, ready to tackle the next day. It’ll help get them off your mind and they’ll be much easier to deal with in the morning sunshine.
Give your mind time to relax before you get in bed by turning off your mobile, laptop and the TV. Make it part of your routine at home and keep it up when you’re on holiday.
Caffeine’s a big no-no in the evenings. It will keep you awake for longer, and disturb your sleep once you have dropped off.
And finally, a lovely long lie-in is the perfect way to start the day, so take advantage of late breakfast hours if your hotel has them.