If you’re not a full time RVer you’ve probably got a cozy bed back at your stick home that you likely miss while you’re on the road. You also probably have the perfect evening routine, a favorite pillow, and a favorite blanket – all of which combine to provide you with the perfect night’s sleep. A good night’s sleep is essential for optimal function during the day, keeping your metabolism working, better digestion, and stabilizing your moods. What do you do, however, if you’re on the road? Certainly RVing provides more comfort than staying in a hotel, but if you’re used to your home’s bed majority of the time even staying in your RV can pose a threat to getting a good night’s sleep. So, how can you get a great night’s rest while traveling? Read on!
Bring Along Comfort Items | You might not be able to haul your mattress along with you, but you can easily pack your favorite pillow and blanket. Taking these items with you can bring a sense of familiarity to the space, calm you down, and help you fall asleep more quickly and sleep more deeply. Similarly, using linens from your home as opposed to linens bought just for the RV can also make the space feel a little more homey.
Create A Quiet Space | Ensure your windows have black out shades and are shut to prevent any outside noise from entering your space and disrupting your sleep. If you are easily disturbed try using a fan to create white noise or an app on your phone that creates white noise. This helps drown out outside noises using noise that doesn’t trigger your brain to respond.
Turn Off All Devices | Around 20-30 minutes before you plan to sleep begin to wind down. Turn off any electronic devices (including your phone!). Today’s electronic devices are wonderful, but their bright screens can trigger our brains to want to stay up despite being tired. By powering down you give your brain a chance to relax, thus making a good night’s rest more likely.
Modify Your Mattress | If you find your RV’s mattress too hard or soft, consider purchasing a mattress topper. These can run anywhere from $60 to $300 and range between firm and soft. This means you can customize the mattress in your RV to meet your liking, without adding too much extra weight.
Create a Routine | Although you’re on vacation and out to enjoy life, losing any semblance of a routine can wreak havoc on the quality of your sleep. Ensure you sleep well by creating a routine. This might mean you shower and read a book before hitting the sack or you simply light a candle and dial down the lights. Whatever you choose, creating a routine is a great way to keep your sleep schedule on track.
Getting a decent sleep while traveling is an integral part of enjoying your vacation. It allows you to wake up refreshed and ready to take on the day’s activities. Whatever your plans, you’ll love waking up ready to go and will likely accomplish more throughout the day.
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