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How to sleep well when you’re away from home

Many of us struggle to get a good night’s sleep and this can get worse when we are away from home, so how can we avoid those long sleepless nights?


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Do your homework when booking your hotel accommodation – check the location of the hotel and its surroundings. Building work can be disruptive and noisy and is best avoided. When you ring up to book your accommodation, advise the staff of any special requirements you may have due to sleeping problems, for example, a quiet room out of the way of elevators and stairways. If the accommodation has nightly entertainment, request a room as far away from that area as possible, as music could be playing into the early hours. Hotel staff will be used to such requests and be able to help in any way they can.


If you are travelling with your family, request a family suite as opposed to a family room, children can be unsettled at night and having them in the same room can then disrupt your night’s sleep.


If you have space in your luggage, bring your pillow with you as this can often be the difference between sleeping or not, as some hotel pillows can be hard and uncomfortable. Also, bring earplugs and a sleep mask, you may not need them, but better to be safe than sorry. If you are flying to your holiday destination these items are essential if trying to sleep on the plane. If you need some background noise, record a familiar favourite piece of music on your mobile or iPod. If you have children who struggle to sleep away from home, bring a familiar teddy bear, cuddly toy or blanket which will remind them of home.

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An apartment is often a better accommodation option as it gives you more freedom to relax and chill out; you will then get a better night’s sleep – Serviced apartments are available in most cities of the UK, for example, Birmingham serviced apartments no. 8 Waterloo Street apartments which offer competitively priced accommodation in key locations.

Keep to a relaxed routine at bedtime, wind down, have a warm bath or shower and don’t have the bedroom too warm – 65 degrees is the correct temperature for a good night’s sleep.


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