By Anne Dimon
Tips to encourage sleep while on the road.
For many meeting and incentive travel planners, getting a good night’s sleep is one of the major challenges of business travel. So whether you’re travelling solo or in a group, here are 10 things you can do to encourage a good night’s sleep:
1. Ask, at time of booking, if guestrooms are adequately sound-proofed and if drapes will block city lights or early-morning light.
2. Make sure the windows and/or balcony in your guestroom do not overlook a late-night party area.
3. Go easy on alcoholic beverages and caffeine. Instead, try an herbal tea such as chamomile.
4. Eat before 8:00 pm or, if that’s not possible, make lighter food choices that are easier to digest.
5. Go to bed and get up at the same time as you would if you were at home.
6. Check to make sure the guestroom alarm clock is not set to wake you up at 4:00 a.m.
7. If part of your bedtime ritual is to enjoy a nice hot bath, make sure that the room does, indeed, have a bathtub and not just a shower stall.
8. Ask if the hotel/resort offers a Pillow Menu program.
9. A late-day massage will almost guarantee you a good night’s sleep.
10. Save the chocolate that comes with turn-down for the next day.