Sleep & Travel
Traveling for work or pleasure can be fun and interesting, but traveling to a new time zone can result in jet lag. This condition occurs when your circadian rhythms are slow to adjust to the new time zone and remain on their original biological schedule for several days. This results in your body telling you it is time to sleep, when it's actually the middle of the afternoon, or it makes you want to stay awake when it is late at night.
If you are planning to vacation this summer, chances are you’ll be staying at a hotel. Although it’s fun to see new places or visit with friends and family, staying in a hotel means you are not sleeping in your own. That can be difficult for some people and can interfere with their sleep.
Here are a few tips to help you get a better night’s sleep away from home:
The holidays can be a busy and stressful time for travelers. Adding jet lag to that mix is enough to drive someone to say, "Bah humbug!" The following are some simple behavior adjustments you can use to help minimize the effects of traveling from one time zone to another:
A recent article in USA Today looks at Minute Suites, a new service that lets travelers rent out small bedrooms at the airport for $30 an hour. The rooms, which opened this month at Hartsfield-Jackson airport in Atlanta, are seven feet by eight feet and include such amenities as a daybed, pillows, fresh linens, a desk and a computer with Internet access. According to the article, airport nap rooms are common in Asia and parts of Europe, but they haven't caught on in the U.S.
A recent article in the Washington Post looked at crash pads, makeshift homes used as an inexpensive housing option for regional airline flight crews. Crash pad owners told the Post that these dorm-like housing arrangements — accommodating 10 to 30 people at one time — are concentrated in cities with major airline operations fed by regional carriers.
Summer is in full swing, so we compiled a list of our favorite articles related to sleep and travel.
Your flight has been canceled or delayed, and you now have to spend a couple of hours or even the night at the airport. We've been there, and it's not pleasant. Apparently, some airports are less pleasant than others. According to an article on news.com.au, Donna McSherry, a former travel agent, decided she would create a Web site, called sleepinginairports.net, so readers could rate their favorite and least favorite airports for sleeping.
Even when you’re on vacation, you can’t take a break from Continuous Positive Airway Pressure.