Suffering from jetlag and can't get to sleep? Here's how to outfox light pollution and sleep soundly.
Much like with sound, we all have a certain level of light tolerance we are accustom to in our home environment. But when we travel our tolerance can change. Light interference in an unfamiliar environment can wreck havoc on sleep patterns, requiring some crafty solutions to maximize your rest - and your trip.
Choose the Right Environment
If you have a say in your hostel bunk selection, choose a bunk behind the door, not in front of it. You don't want the bed that would be in the line of light when the door opens at midnight! Lower bunks are naturally more shaded and you can enhance the darkness by hanging sarongs or towels off the top bunk.
Create Your Own Dark Room
Choose the Right Sleep Mask
1.) Basic eye shades: Often compliments of an airline overnight kit, these basic eye shades are easy to pack, comfortable even if you toss and turn and FREE! But the universal shape offers the worst fit and lets through the most light. Good in a pinch, but you'd be better off investing just a few dollars in either of the following:
2.) Premium eye shades: They are twice as thick, feature molded fabric around the nose to prevent light seepage and an adjustable strap to ensure a good fit. But the premium construction means a more structured fit, which may not be comfortable if you frequently toss and turn. Expect to pay $4-$10. (I like this one).
Flying to exotic destinations and sleeping in beautiful hotels are some of the most exciting things about travel - but nothing ruins a trip quite like sleep deprivation and jet lag. Controlling light pollution is an easy thing you can do to make yourself more comfortable and make your trip more restful and relaxing.
It's your turn - where did you have your best travel sleep?
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At my request, Mack's provided me with sleep supplies to test at no charge. All opinions remain my own.