Sleep Better in a Hotel

Why do you sleep better in a hotel?

If you sleep better in a hotel than at home, you’re not alone. Many people find it easier to get a full night’s rest away from the usual distractions.

In a hotel, you won’t be burdened with thoughts of unfinished tasks around the home, like taking out the trash or wondering if you locked the back door.

Those with pets might sleep better in a hotel because their furry friends aren’t hogging the bed or waking them at the crack of dawn for a morning walk.

And that goes double for parents, especially those with newborns. A study for a British mattress company showed that parents lose a whopping 44 days of sleep during their child’s first year. Those who find a sitter can improve their night of reprieve by sleeping miles away from the baby monitor and diaper pail.

First night challenge

Just because you’re away from your everyday cares doesn’t mean you won’t toss and turn. Many people experience the so-called “first night effect,” whenever they sleep in an unfamiliar place.

A Brown University study showed that, during the first night in a new place, one half of the brain stays more awake than the other, as if to be on high-alert. On subsequent nights, study participants slept more restfully, leading researchers to refer to the phenomenon as the first-night effect.

Sleep Better in a Hotel

Yuka Sasaki, one of the study’s leaders, suggests counteracting this issue by staying multiple nights in the same hotel. If that’s not feasible, stay in the same brand of hotel, as the similar environments will be less likely to keep your brain active.

Create your nest away from home

Consistency is key to better sleep in a hotel. If you’re more prone to the first-night effect, here are some suggestions to make your hotel room cozier so you can get some quality shut-eye:

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If the above suggestions don’t work, consider investing in one of these 10 Best Sleep Accessories to alleviate whatever might be plaguing you. Sweet dreams!

Written by Jenna Rose Robbins

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