How to Get a Good Night’s Sleep Anywhere

Sofa bed, hotel room, air mattress in the den, traveling can wreak havoc on your sleep. Read my tips on how to improve the chances of a good night's rest.
sleep tips travel

Not sleeping well is annoying and can have a lot of negative effects on our overall health. Most of the time, minor sleep issues can be solved with a little trial and error. Maybe it takes finding the perfect mattress, white noise machine, or humidifier.

That’s great, except traveling can disrupt our sleeping habits in a major way. Whether it’s because of jet lag, an uncomfortable bed, or a total mystery, feeling tired on vacation or on a business trip sucks.

I have a few tips that can sometimes help me sleep better on trips. I hope some of these will work for you!

Stick to your routine

Even if you’re trying to jump into the local timezone, try your hardest to stick to the healthy sleep habits you maintain at home, no matter where you are.

If you have a bedtime routine, try to recreate it. If you’re fighting jet lag, try tricking your body into shifting your routine. It’s not always possible, but if you can, try to eat at the same time as you usually do at home so your body can get into the rhythm. For example, if you often eat dinner at 7 PM, eat at 7 PM in the local time zone so your body knows it’s evening.

This also means listening to your body and sticking to what works for you. If you know caffeine is a bad idea 2-3 hours before bed, don’t do it. If you know eating too much dairy before bed will keep you up at night, avoid it.

Bottom line, don’t throw all your hard-won knowledge and habits out the window because you’re on holiday.

Gentle exercise

Everybody is different, but I love a calming yoga or pilates session in the evening. While cardio energizes me for the day, gentle stretching and slow focused movements help clear my head and let go of the day.

My pilates instructor also showed me a yoga pose for insomnia that supposedly helps you sleep. About 10 minutes before bed, lay on your back with your legs up, like you’re walking on the ceiling. You can rest your legs on a wall or on your headboard. I’m not sure why, but this pose is supposed to help you fall asleep faster. Worth a shot if you’re already staring blankly at the ceiling.

Power down

I’m definitely guilty of this. I’m always near a screen and come up with excuses to pull my laptop into bed with me. The problem is my laptop or phone offer way too much stimulus and one thing leads to another and I’m deep into 2013 on some Instagram account. Sometimes I use the downtime before bed as an opportunity to plan my next day, looking up restaurants and mapping out itineraries. Unless this is a way for you to relieve anxiety (perhaps related to all the unknowns of the next day), I suggest not getting into planning mode at bedtime.

If you are addicted to screens, use the night shift tool for iPhone to dim the screen as the evening progresses so your eyes have a bit of respite.

It makes the colour of your computer’s display adapt to the time of day, warm at night and like sunlight during the day.


If you can spare the room, a little bottle of essential oil can go a long way. Take two drops of a lavender blend or something else you find soothing and rub it on your temples and neck. Or, put two drops into your hands, rub together and cup over your nose. Inhale and exhale deeply. Spritzing a little room spray, perfume, or deodorizer on your pillow can also have a similar effect, as long as you enjoy the smell. Right now, I’m really into the This Works Pillow Spray. This is all part of self-care on the road!

Bring your own gear

I’ve never gotten to this point yet, but you can bring your own sheets and pillow with you if those are items that make or break your night. Earplugs and eye masks can both help too. Travel sheets are usually sold as sleeping bag liners, catering to backpackers, hikers, and germaphobes. If that’s you, it’s something worth investigating.

sleep tips for travel

Sleep aids

If all else fails, some melatonin gummies, or something stronger recommended by a pharmacist, nurse, or doctor, can help too.

Don’t let anybody tell you that you’re high maintenance when it comes to the quality of your sleep!

Coop Home Goods

Share me

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on pinterest
Share on linkedin
Share on pocket

5 Responses

  1. As someone who loves sleep (a little bit too much) I really appreciate this post! I usually find it hard to stick to my bedtime routine because it involves some quality alone time which is hard to find when visiting friends and family.

    1. Totally. When I’m crashing in someone’s living room in the midsts of the chaos, forget about getting shuteye.

Share your thoughts

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on pinterest
Share on linkedin
Share on pocket

Follow me


About the author

Hi, my name is Andrea and I'm a digital content creator. I'm obsessed with packing light without sacrificing an ounce of style. Follow my adventures as I share my tips for curating the perfect travel capsule wardrobe that fits in a carry-on!

Browse Blog Categories

Download my printable packing planner

Blog to Inbox

Subscribe to get new posts by email

Articles, reviews, recommended readings, and more. 

Join 1,427 other subscribers

Olympia - 1

Recent Posts

More Posts

Welcome to The Capsule Suitcase

Hi, my name is Andrea and I’m a digital content creator who works in tech, loves fashion, and travels a lot. I’m obsessed with packing light without sacrificing an ounce of style. This blog was born from a desire to share my tips and tricks from years of business travel and travelling on a budget. Follow my adventures as I share advice for curating the perfect travel capsule wardrobe that fits in a carry-on, travelling comfortably without breaking the bank, and staying healthy along the way. 

This blog contains affiliate links, which I use in part to fund this project. I never endorse products I do not genuinely like and will always disclose partnerships, gifted items, and ads. 

Thanks for supporting The Capsule Suitcase!

Media Kit

Learn more about my rates, sponsorships, sending products for review, and media placement opportunities.

Privacy Policy

Clcik here to read the privacy policy, affiliate disclosure policy, and comment policy.


Shop my top picks for travel gear, products, and nomad-friendly buys.
Receive the latest news

Subscribe to The Capsule Suitcase

Get notified by email about new articles as they come out. 

Join 1,427 other subscribers

%d bloggers like this: