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Travel, CPAP & Sleep Apnea

Six things to know so that your CPAP machine can become a trusted travel companion Continuous Positive Airway Pressure, or CPAP, is a common and very effective treatment for Sleep Apnea.   Some people on CPAP find the machines somewhat clunky and are reluctant to travel with them. As we head into spring breaks and summer vacations, you may be wondering how traveling with this equipment is possible. I’ve done my best to answer basic questions that will help you rest comfortably while on the road. Can CPAP machines be in carry-on luggage? Yes. In fact, it is recommended not to check your CPAP machine because of concerns that it could get lost or damaged. Fortunately, because CPAP…

Traveling With Baby? Don’t Leave Home Without These 5 Tips.

Follow these 5 easy suggestions to make travel a breeze Traveling with a baby can be a nerve-racking endeavor, and almost every new parent feels a little anxious about how it will go. Meltdowns mid-flight, skipped feedings, excessive amounts of gear and over-stuffed diaper bags—there’s a lot to think (read: worry) about. One of the top concerns for parents is how a trip will throw off their child’s well-honed sleep schedule. At home the environment is controlled, the routines are consistent, and the sleep times set. When you’re traveling, this can all go out the window. But if you’re prepared, it doesn’t have to. Nothing feels worse than a sleep-deprived family on the road, so keep…

How to Sleep Better on an Airplane

Yes—it is possible to get comfortable and score some shuteye in those tiny seats. The “Sit back, relax, and enjoy your flight” announcement may seem like a joke (you want me to relax in these tiny seats?), but it actually is possible to get comfortable—and even get some sleep—while flying. Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, use these tips to get some sky-high shuteye, so that you arrive at your destination refreshed and ready to go. Choose an Evening Flight. Trying to sleep during a day flight will work against your internal body clock. Instead, pick a time to travel when you’d usually be in bed, and you’ll find that it’s easier to…

How to Sleep Better on a Road trip

 Just because you’re in transit doesn’t mean that you can’t get some quality shut-eye. Trains, planes, and automobiles are a great way to get around, but what happens when you need to sleep while en route? Maybe you can’t slip into your favorite pajamas, make yourself a cup of tea, or snuggle up in bed, but you can do a few things to help mimic your normal routine. First, get as comfortable as you can. Wear looser clothing and take off your shoes (or at least loosen the laces). You also want to keep yourself cool, which means that you shouldn’t snuggle under a synthetic, polyester blanket. Cotton or wool clothing and blankets will help your…

The Causes of Jet Lag and How to Get Relief -- Fast

Five ways to feel better while traveling Jet lag is a term used to describe a temporary sleep condition that affects people who travel across multiple time zones. The “lag” happens when your body’s internal clock (also known as your circadian rhythm) is thrown out of whack by changing time zones quickly. Your body’s internal clock uses input from sunlight exposure, the rise and fall of your body temperature, and hormone fluctuations to determine when you’re supposed to go to sleep and wake up. For instance, a dark room, a falling body temperature, and an increase in your body’s production of the hormone melatonin can all make you feel tired. Jet lag symptoms vary in…

The Meaning Behind Your Dreams

Decode your dreams to understand what’s really going on inside your head. Ever wake up after a vivid dream and wonder: What did it mean? You’re certainly not alone! Lots of people are stumped by confusing or mysterious dreams and long to interpret them in order to better understand themselves. While there’s no exact science that can tell you exactly what to make of, say, a recent nightmare or erotic dream, psychoanalysts such as Sigmund Freud have devoted much of their careers to exploring this fun and intriguing topic. Learn more, below, about the potential meanings behind some of the most common dreams. 1. The Dream: Being naked in public What It Feels Like: You’re…

The Most Sleep-Friendly Airlines

Get ready for takeoff—and truly restful shut-eye—on these carriers. Hopping on a plane can bring excitement and joy—that is, unless you’re trying to get some sleep crunched into a tiny seat on an overnight flight. Luckily, many airlines are beginning to understand that travelers (especially those on business trips) need quality rest while in the air. These four carriers are at the forefront. Air France Here, you can really stretch out: Air France’s business cabin seats—casually referred to as cocoons—fold out flat to a length of six-and-a-half feet. The armrests lower completely so you can find your most comfortable sleep position (instead of being penned in between the rests). Each seat offers direct aisle access,…

Six Great Travel Accessories for Sleep

This must-pack list will help you snooze well the entire time you’re away. The next time that you pack up your suitcase for a trip, make sure that you throw some (or all!) of these accessories in your bag. They will help you overcome unfamiliar environments, noisy situations, and uncomfortable arrangements so that you can drift off more easily and get the zzz’s that you need. An E-Reader: You might not think that this falls under the category of “sleep aids,” but being able to wind down while reading your favorite book can be key to fighting on-the-road insomnia. Extra bonus: E-readers are light, so they won’t make your suitcase or purse too heavy. Use a non-backlit…

Hotels With the Most Comfortable Beds

Where to stay for the sweetest night’s sleep Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, getting good sleep is key to having enough energy to power through your days away from home. So book a hotel that has a room with a great bed waiting for you. These days, hotels know that quality slumber is important to travelers, so many of them have created luxury bedding for guests. These, below, are among the best and worth checking out! Westin This chain was the first to create a signature bed in 1999, in partnership with the mattress manufacturer Simmons, and its quality has stood the test of time. It boasts a 13-inch pillow-top mattress that’s enveloped in 250-thread…

Hotels With the Best Sleep Programs

How some hotels promote deep sleep and offer snooze-inducing luxuries Forget plain old turndown service! Instead, call the front desk to arrange for a lavender spritz for your sheets, as well as a lullaby from a musical library. Every day, hotels are coming up with new ways to help you get the best night’s sleep. Take a look at some of the most appealing sleep-better perks offered in hotels around the U.S. WestHouse Hotel City: New York City Sleep amenities: You’ll find suites with mattresses that adjust to provide extra support and comfort, sleep masks, and aromatherapy oils. Lorien Hotel & Spa City: Alexandria, Virginia (in the Washington, D.C. area) Sleep amenities: Push the “dream button” on the phone…