Sleeping in tents, sharing dorms, and having naps on buses and trains do not guarantee a great night’s sleep. If you don’t sleep well at night, your concentration gets affected, and your emotional balance and energy levels will drop. But you can always avoid these. Here are tips on how to avoid feeling burnout while travelling.
Travelling is not a stressful activity per se, but if you are always worried and planning or thinking of your next move, where you are going to stay, how you are going to stay, as well as the inconveniences of travelling solo, you could find yourself getting more stressed than you should be. You can easily tone down the anxiety by doing simple activities, such as going for a walk, engaging in some mild exercise, or even getting a massage. We understand that hot bathtubs are not handy when you are out camping but getting fresh air while taking a walk can help you to relax and wind down for a great night’s sleep.
Stick to a regular routine
It sounds silly, but it helps. Sticking to a wake and sleep time enables your body to ease into a state of comfort while your mind gradually relaxes before going to sleep.
Do not take stimulants in the evening
Your brain is active even when you are asleep. Therefore, it is best that you avoid stimulating your nervous system with nicotine, caffeine, and alcohol. These substances can cause acceleration of the mind, and also interfere with the quality of sleep that you have. It’s cool if you can take one night off in a week without alcohol.
Master the art of turning off your mind
The inability to sleep, tossing and turning in bed can cause anxiety and prevent sleep. You can pen down your troubles or worries before sleep time so they can ease from your mind. Avoid watching the television before heading to bed. You could meditate or read instead. If there’s a snorer close by, you can listen to music or use earplugs to reduce the sound.
Get enough sleep but don’t overdo it
Sleeping excessively is as damaging as not getting adequate sleep. Once you lose sleep, you can’t get it back. As an adult, you need between 7-9 hours of sleep nightly, and the pattern differs for everyone. It is only you who knowns the amount of sleep that you need. Set an alarm for yourself so you can get up in time. You’ll be able more sightseeing, with your lethargic feeling drastically reduced.
Other tips include:
- Avoiding a late night meal
- Power napping.