1215187 metal clockEven the most frequent travelers sometimes find themselves tossing and turning when trying to get a good night’s sleep in a hotel room. The unfamiliarity of a new place, combined with new sounds and sometimes smells, it can be tough to sleep in a hotel room.

There are some ways around it – whether you’re a light sleeper or just need a little help falling asleep.

Maintain a Routine
When away from home, it’s sometimes hard to keep up the same routine. However, keeping a bedtime routine even when you’re traveling can make sleep a little easier.

Drink Smart
If you can, avoid caffeine after noon, and avoid alcohol as well – while it might help you to fall asleep, it can result in disrupted or light sleep, leaving you tired in the morning. On the other hand, a warm cup of tea or even a warm glass of milk can help to soothe and make the body ready for sleep.

Set an Alarm and a Backup
While many travelers still rely on hotel wake-up calls, they aren’t always reliable. Instead, set an alarm such as a cell phone alarm or smartphone alarm app, or the clock radio, and arrange for a wake-up call as a backup. That way, even if one fails, the other will wake you up.

Turn on White Noise
I almost always travel with a white noise machine to block out sound so that I can sleep. Consider a white noise machine or an app with a white noise function to block out unwanted noise and to help you relax.

What do you do to guarantee a good night’s sleep away from home?

Teresa J. Shaw covers Southeast Michigan for Traveling Mom. Visit her blog and follow her on Twitter at @TeresaShaw.