Book the right room
Choose a room on an upper floor, midway down the hallway if you can. That location is your best bet for staying away from noisy areas like vending machines, exits, elevators, pools, and meeting spaces, says Richard Shane, PhD, behavioral sleep specialist for New West Physicians, Colorado, and creator of the Sleep Easily Method. Ask if your room has blackout shades to keep the light out. “Most hotels have them, but they may be just in some rooms and not others, so you want to snatch those,” he says. Check out these tips for a safer, healthier hotel stay.
Resist the temptation to nap
After a long day of sightseeing or meetings, you might crave some midday shuteye. But for some people, snoozing in the afternoon could set you up for a restless night. “Like we build a drive for food, our brain builds up a drive for sleep,” says Debra Kissen, PhD, MHSA, clinical director of Light on Anxiety Treatment Center. “If you’re napping, you will have less of that.” Here are more signs you won’t sleep well tonight.