No matter how much effort we put into creating the perfect sleeping environment at home, it’s all over as soon as we leave for our next business trip… when we need the most rest. Here are five quick tips to improve the amount and quality of sleep during your business travel.
Pick Shorter Flights
Do you know the difference between a non-stop flight and a direct flight? A common misconception is that they are one and the same- but a non-stop flight will get you to your destination sooner so you can get some real rest, while a direct flight simply means you remain on the same flight during layovers. Make sure you’re booking a non-stop flight, not a direct flight, to reduce the amount of time in the air.
Download the JetLag Genie mobile app to calculate the most productive sleeping patterns- just plug in your itinerary and travel times and then follow the recommended treatment for eliminating jet lag.
Get Your Meal Sooner
Executive editor for SmarterTravel, Anne Banas, told Business Insider her simple trick for getting her airplane meal served faster: order the meatless option. “I always order vegetarian meals because if you order a special meal, you tend to be served first,” she says. “I can’t think of a time when I wasn’t served first. Then you can just go to sleep and won’t have to wait [for the full dinner service].”
Block Out the Noise
Inevitably, you’re going to have to make the most of resting during your flight. Leave those tiny ear buds at home and purchase a pair of noise cancelling headphones, like Beats by Dr. Dre. You’ll amazed at the difference it makes- and this particular pair has a 95% recommendation rate on BestBuy.com. Put on some relaxing tunes and you’ll start counting sheep in no time.
Get the Hotel Sleep of Your Dreams
Do you have trouble getting real rest in a hotel room? For some, the issue may be the unfamiliar environment and the stress of being away from home. While you can do your best to make your hotel room feel like home, don’t be afraid to ask the front desk for an upgrade to a more comfortable, peaceful room location or any amenities that could aid in a better night’s rest. Inquire about blackout shades, pillow options, white noise machines, etc.
Do you have any great rest tips for business travelers? Leave them in the comments section below!