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6 Important Tips For Better Sleep When You Travel

6 Important Tips For Better Sleep When You Travel

When traveling, sleep is one of those things that is crucial to the experiences you have when starting out on your trip. If you don’t get enough sleep, especially when switching time zones, you will find that your sleep will be out of whack and you will end up yawning all day during hiking trip, while feeling restless in the dead of night. Today, we will discuss six important steps to take when attempting to have better sleep while traveling.

1. Modify your sleep.

It’s important to ensure that you tailor your sleep a couple of days before leaving to prepare yourself for the impact of a new timezone. This includes tailoring your bedtime, a couple of days before departure, to that of your new location. Doing this will shift your eating habits and ensure that once you get to your hotel or hostel, you will be ready to tackle the new time. Once there, you can simply keep the blinds cracked and wake up naturally to get yourself acclimated fully with the new timezone.

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2. Stay hydrated.

In high altitudes, along with the air purification, your body and skin will likely get dehydrated. Because of this, it is important to ensure that you increase your liquid intake about 24–48 hours before departure. During your flight, don’t depend on the beverage carts for water. Bring a large water bottle of your own to stay hydrated. This will prevent grogginess when you awaken from rest on the plane.

3. Avoid red-eye flights.

Red-eye flights may seem like something that is only partaken by those who are on international flights. However, there are many individuals who even go on moderate length domestic flights who make use of red eye flights to ensure that they make the most of their time out of town. However, unless you truly have to for international travel, it’s highly recommended not to take red-eye flights. They disrupt your sleep because the air flight is only a small portion of your travels. You’ll also have to deal with baggage claim, transfer to the hotel, and getting allocated there. In the end, this disturbs how you sleep for most of the trip.

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4. Reduce stimuli.

When attempting to sleep, albeit on the plane or in your hotel on the first night, it’s best to try and reduce the amount of stimuli that you have while attempting to sleep. This includes restricting your use of television, computers, or doing a smartphone detox about an hour to an hour and a half before going to bed. It’s fine to go to sleep to music, but it’s best to play music that isn’t distracting or loud. Rock music, for example, may not be the best music to go to sleep to because it will activate a certain aspect of your brain that will prevent you from knowing it’s time to rest.

5. Dress the part.

When traveling and attempting to sleep on the plane, it’s best to dress for the part before departure. Whenever I have an air flight that I know will be longer than two and a half hours, I will ensure that I dress in sweatpants, short sleeves, and a hoodie or sweatshirt. Comfort over fashion, or even a happy medium of both, is important to ensure that your body is comfortable enough for you to get some shut eye.

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6. Focus on what you eat.

Lastly, what you eat will largely influence how you are feeling during the flight and how you will be able to sleep. If you are eating foods that will weigh heavily on your stomach, you will find that because your body is attempting to digest the food, you will feel a bit more tired, but you may not find it easier to get some sleep if your body isn’t ready. Instead, eat a decent sized meal before your long flight, and simply snack during the flight until in-flight meals are provided. This will ensure that if you do get some sleep, you will be able to awaken refreshed.

With these six tips, you will be able to fully enjoy your flight well rested. Let us know in the comments below which tip works best for you and if you have any tips for us.

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Last Updated on December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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