How To Make Sure You Get Your Beauty Sleep — Anywhere

Illustrated by Jasmin Valcourt.
There are times in life when you just have to find a way to sleep somewhere…unusual. Whether it's a friend's lumpy couch, the middle seat on a transcontinental flight, or even your office parking lot, sometimes you need to drift off in a less-than-ideal location. Read on for 13 totally doable (and actually effective) tips to help you get quality shut-eye absolutely anywhere.

In Transit

Try a layover lie-down.
Even if only for a few minutes, lying down at the airport can help trick the mind into understanding it's sleepy time. Once on the plane, get that nap on.

Stay hydrated.
Chug plenty of H2O to avoid waking up parched at 3 a.m. — especially after flying or drinking alcohol (two major causes of dehydration).

Breathe easy.
High altitudes and allergies are a one-two punch when it comes to travel congestion. Take preventative measures, such as over-the-counter decongestants or nasal saline to open up your breathing passageways. This will help alleviate sinus problems, which can keep you up at night.

Don't
 dress to impress.
There's no need to look fly when flying. An overnight flight (or bus ride, or train ride) is no time for sitting pretty. Dress for bed, since the idea is to actually go to sleep, right?

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Illustrated by Jasmin Valcourt.
On Vacation

Keep up a routine.
Hooray for circadian rhythms! Even when you hit the road, stick to a standard bedtime routine and the cues will tell your body when it's time to chill out. To show jet lag who’s boss, stay awake until a normal bedtime (i.e., 11 p.m.) and get up at a reasonable hour. And, avoid wacky napping: If your usual routine doesn't involve lounging on the beach and taking a two-hour siesta, don't be surprised when you do that and find it harder to snooze at night.

Exercise as usual.
Increasing or decreasing activity levels can throw off the body's usual energy levels — and the same goes for the time of day when you work out. Try to stick to your normal workout schedule.

Stick with familiar foods.
Avoid unusual (i.e., spicy or just plain unrecognizable) foods on vacation. Heartburn is only the mildest of the potential gastrointestinal repercussions — we won't go into further detail. And, be especially wary of tap water in other countries. After all, the bathroom floor is not the most ideal resting place.

Don't overeat.
A very full stomach plus a horizontal position is a recipe for acid reflux — which, unsurprisingly, can prevent restful slumber.

Ease up on the booze.
On vacation, an extra drink or two is a natural part of unwinding, but don't let an umbrella-clad beverage prevent good sleep. Alcohol can interrupt natural sleep patterns, so quit boozing several hours before bedtime.

Avoid unfamiliar drugs.
Don’t try a new sleep aid (or any med for that matter) on day one of the trip of a lifetime. Unexpected side effects could affect sleep for the entirety of that grand European tour.

Illustrated by Jasmin Valcourt.
At A Friend's House Or A Hotel

Couch-crash like a pro.
If it's a pre-planned slumber party, BYOPJ (bring your own pajamas). If you forget, ask your host for a blanket, appropriate sleep attire, a pillow, or anything else necessary to get snoozing. Being just a smidge uncomfortable can make sleep pretty hard to come by.

Cool it.
Research suggests 60 to 68 degrees is optimal for sleep, since it lowers the core body temperature and lulls us to slumber. No AC? Crack a window to catch a breeze.

Tune out the noise. 
Strange sounds — even "soothing" white noise, if it's not the norm — can seriously hamper your ability to sleep. Use earplugs or headphones to mimic your ideal sleep situation at home or away. Or, check out some apps that offer background noise to induce sleep.

Next: 27 Easy Ways To Sleep Better Tonight

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