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Sleep is really important. Maybe you could pull some all nighters when you were in school, but getting consistent zzz’s is pretty much the foundation for all around health and happiness. We get it, sometimes it’s hard to hit the hay when you’re on assignment in a new place (or even multiple places in a year). So here are a few tips to help you get your best sleep, no matter where you are.

Get a mattress topper

It’s hard to control what kind of mattress your housing will have, so a travel friendly solution is to have a mattress topper. A mattress topper is a removable bedding that you can place on top of your mattress to enhance its comfort and supplement support. Depending on your sleeping style, you can get a topper to add softness or extra support. Think of it an easy way to personalize your sleep.

Try white noise

Whether it’s a loud apartment building with pipe noises and rowdy neighbors or you can hear outside traffic, nothing kills your sleep faster than an unexpected sound. You can try running a fan in the background or buy an actual white noise machine to help counteract some of the ambient noise.

Go to the dark side

Get some heavy curtains to help block out any lights streaming in from outside. This will help create a great environment that’s ideal for getting some rest. If lugging around curtains doesn’t seem doable to you, a sleeping mask will work just as well. You can even turn around any digital clocks so there is zero distractions. This goes hand in hand with the next tip.

Cut back on tech

As much as we love binging on Netflix (and we really really do) the lights from screens doesn’t really help your body wind down. 30 minutes before you plan to sleep shut off all your devices. Instead try reading (this is a great excuse to visit your local library) or write in a journal. You can scribble down any worries, a to-do list for the next day, or your theories on how your favorite show is going to end.


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