You know those people who brag that they can sleep anywhere? It’s hard not to be jealous of them if you find yourself tossing and turning when in an unfamiliar sleep environment. If you don’t effortlessly fall into a blissful slumber when you’re away from home, you’re not alone. A lot of us have difficulty sleeping in a new or unfamiliar place, even if it’s a luxury hotel. There are actually a few sleep terms generated from this feeling which we’ll explain. The good news is, with a little planning in mind, you can still find healthy sleep in a new environment.
Night one is the toughest
Did you know there’s actually a name for struggling to find rest in a new place? It’s optimistically called “First Night Effect” to imply that your sleep will improve after the first night away from home. Luckily, most travelers find this to be true.
There’s also a term for when you experience trouble staying asleep when traveling, called the “On-Call Effect.” This describes the inability to stay asleep because you’re anxiously awaiting the next day’s events.
If you’re planning to travel across time zones, be sure to prepare to handle jet lag effectively, so you can enjoy every moment of your travels. Have more questions on sleeping soundly wherever you are in the world? Tweet us @sleepscore!