Chasing Sleep When Its On The Run

Chasing Sleep When Its On The Run

We can lose it, we never find it​ and we always want it. It's sleep. Ask any traveler-especially one on business with high-adrenaline days-sleep is​ almost as​ valuable as​ gold. The marathon meetings, the late-night dinners, rushing to​ and from the airport and the multiple time zones all make getting a​ few winks harder to​ achieve.

It happens to​ most of​ us: a​ sleepless night in​ a​ hotel room just before a​ big meeting. You want to​ sleep. You need to​ sleep. No matter how hard you try, you just can't get to​ sleep.

With action-packed schedules, a​ traveler would think sleep should come as​ easily as​ counting sheep. For many, however, trying to​ sleep on the road brings on a​ case of​ temporary insomnia, called transient insomnia. Most travelers know they have it​ when they find themselves staring at​ the ceiling or​ twisting and turning in​ frustration.

Fortunately, there are things every traveler can do to​ avoid losing Zzzz's. Here are five tips for finding a​ comfy, cozy night of​ sleep away from home:

• Look for the love. One hotel chain conducted nine months of​ research and testing before introducing a​ new bed as​ part of​ "Make it​ Hampton," the largest and fastest transformation ever undertaken by a​ hotel brand to​ dramatically enhance the guest experience at​ each of​ its hotels. The bed features nine new attributes so that the bed looks as​ great as​ it​ feels. From the crisp duvet cover that holds a​ down-like comforter, triple sheeting on 200-thread count linens, a​ decorative lumbar pillow and a​ higher sitting bed, it​ could feel like home.

• Watch out for the imitators. There's more to​ a​ mattress than meets the eye. Choosing a​ mattress that's right for you can mean the difference between a​ peaceful night and a​ scary nightmare. According to​ Pawn Kongkosonkichkan, a​ bedding trainer with Rich's-Macy's/Lazarus/Goldsmiths, pick a​ mattress with a​ high coil count and you can be snoring in​ no time. Also, look for hotels featuring plush-top mattresses, as​ these will keep their form better and avoid the lumpy mattress feeling associated with tossing and turning.

• Sometimes, faking it​ is​ good. Goose down-filled comforters and pillows are great for personal home use, but some travelers may prefer today's synthetic fabrics, which are just as​ top-quality. Travelers with sensitive noses will want to​ avoid the opportunity of​ a​ sleep-interrupting allergy attack. For travelers who prefer down pillows, Hampton Inns provide a​ choice.

• Re-create habits from home. Take a​ look at​ the habits you have every night before you go to​ bed; do they include some light reading, maybe listening to​ soft music or​ a​ quiet conversation with loved ones? Any traveler can re-create those homey feelings by simply taking a​ warm bath, turning off the TV or​ calling home for a​ quick "good night." Whatever your bedtime behaviors may be, take about 15 minutes before you go to​ bed to​ really relax. (Remember, a​ caffeinated drink late at​ night affects those on the road just like at​ home, regardless of​ how tired you may feel.)

• Tick-tock, find a​ good clock. With so many confusing versions of​ the clock radios in​ hotels, some people may lose sleep just worrying if​ the darn thing will work as​ expected. For a​ more pleasurable sleep and wake-up experience, look for universal clock radios that offer simple alarm settings and a​ digital display that allows you to​ select your favorite type of​ music effortlessly.

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