World Sleep Day (Friday 19th March) is an annual event, intended to raise the awareness about the importance of a good night’s sleep. So, we thought we would share some top tips to help you achieve a peaceful night sleep when staying in a hotel.
We find some of our guests sleep better when they are with us than at home, which could be down to fewer distractions i.e. children or pets, or because we have the comfiest handmade beds dressed in fine cotton bed-linen and pillows and duvets stuffed with silk.
Either way, we hope you find these tips helpful and we wish you lots of good sleep.
Keep it quiet
If you are a light sleeper a pair of earplugs is a must-have but there are also ways to steer clear of noise before you even get to that point. Start when you book your room by telling the reservations team you are sensitive to noise and request a room as far from the elevator as possible or a quiet room at the end of the corridor. This is an advantage of booking directly and not through an online booking agent, speaking to a knowledgeable member of the team can secure you the perfect room.
Keep your room cool on warm days by leaving the window open for air to circulate and close the curtains to keep the room dark. It’s also worth asking the hotel for your bed to be made up with sheets and a blanket rather than a duvet – this will help you regulate your body temperature and aid a less disruptive sleep.
Stick to your home routine
Keep to your regular habits. Exercise and eat when you normally do at home and try not to over indulge! Consistency is key. But be patient – recognise that you’re in a new environment and that it does take some extra effort.
Do a bedtime brain purge
The trick for falling asleep is to use the notepad and pen on your bedside table to clear your mind, then you don’t have to worry you’ll forget important jobs which can keep you awake worrying.
Get in the dark
You’ll find hotels such as ours all have blackout curtains which block out all possible light. Make sure they are closed properly so your sleep is not disrupted.
Power down your tech
There’s nothing more disruptive than being woken up by non-urgent calls or texts in the middle of the night – so turn them off and power down at least 60 minutes before bed.
Do not disturb sign
To ensure you are not disturbed make sure you hang out your ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign outside your hotel room door. This will prevent hotel staff from disturbing you during your stay.
Have a nightcap
Drinking a glass of warm milk or herbal tea before bed can help relax you, so consider ordering room service before lights out. Alcohol is a sleep inhibitor so try to avoid at least 90 minutes before bed.