The tendency for many people to sleep poorly that first night in a new place has long been noted by scientists who watch people sleep in their labs, reports USA Today.
But for the rest of us, getting a good night’s sleep away from home can take some extra effort and planning. A few things to try:
Stick to your routines.
Try to stay fairly close to your usual bed and wake-up times and do the same things you do to get ready for bed at home, especially if you have a relaxing routine like reading or taking a bath. That can be especially important for kids, Gunn says. “You might even have to suck it up and bring their favorite bath toys,” she says. She notes that keeping kids on their normal sleep schedules can mean turning the lights out before adults are ready. That’s one reason a suite or whole house can so nice for families, she says.