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10 Sleep Hacks for the Traveling Entrepreneur

12 October 2021, 23:28 CET

As an entrepreneur, you count on being able to maintain your brain power at optimal levels at all times, especially when your mind is creating. That requires that you maintain good health and lead a healthy lifestyle. If you are going to lead a healthy lifestyle, you will need to eat right, exercise, and get plenty of sleep.

Getting plenty of sleep as an entrepreneur is not always easy. The creative mind works when it wants too and that could be at the oddest hours. That makes maintaining consistent sleep habits very difficult. When factoring in the idea you might have to travel as part of your work, that only serves to compound the sleeping problem.

If traveling is part of your sleep issue, it's possible you could solve some of your sleep problems by simply making sure you are nice and comfy when you do finally crawl into bed at home. You might be able to do that by purchasing a new start of the art mattress that changes the way you sleep.

Does any of this sound like your like on display? If so, you might be interested in some sleep hacks traveling entrepreneurs before you have identified throughout the years. Here are 10 sleep hacks worthy of your consideration.

1. Watch Your Caffeine Intake

Entrepreneurs seem to enjoy caffeine when working. Unfortunately, caffeine is not a friend of sleep. If you want or need caffeine for an occasional energy boost, you should focus on confining your caffeine intake to the first half of the day, steering clear of the hours leading up to bedtime.

2. Take a "Caffeine" Nap

While caffeine intake is not conducive to sleep, there is something interesting about drinking a cup of coffee and then taking an immediate short nap. There is no science to support it, but doing this seems to provide an immediate energy boost that could last up to 4 hours.

3. Try Vitamin and Nutrient Supplements

Sometimes, a vitamin and nutrient boost can help you overcome sleep issues. Supplements like tryptophan and magnesium could be particularly effective in helping you with your sleeping issues on the road. The especially true if you don't have access to foods that contain these vitamins and nutrients.

4. Take Timely Naps

If you struggle to get a solid five to six hours of sleep on the road, you could benefit by taking a couple of strategically placed naps during the day. If you do this, you should restrict your naps to no more than 20 to 25 minutes.

5. Avoid Blue Light Before Bed

Blue light is a common culprit regarding the interruption of the circadian rhythm (sleep rhythm). It interrupts the secretion of melatonin in the body. As an entrepreneur, you probably have trouble putting your electronic devices down when working. Since laptops, cell phones, and tablets emit blue light, you need to cease the use of these devices about an hour before bedtime.

6. Select Hotel Environments That Are Conducive to Sleep

While traveling, you will find yourself living in hotels. That could interfere with your sleep patterns if you don't seek out hotels and hotel rooms that are conducive to sleep. When you check-in, you should request a room away from noisy and well-lit areas. Also, request to see the room in advance so you can see if the sleeping environment is right for you.

7. Find Time to Just Relax

You can't be driving yourself during the entire trip. You need to find time to just relax and give your brain and nerves a break. Suggestion: Resist the temptation to work on the plane, sit back, and enjoy the ride.

8. Bring Window Shades

A dark room is always preferable when it comes to getting quality sleep. Since some hotels don't provide window coverings that block out all light, you might want to travel with your own portable window shades.

9. Keep Notepad Next to Hotel Bed

Have you ever had a brilliant idea while sleeping in bed and found yourself unwilling to sleep because you didn't want to forget the idea? It happens a lot to entrepreneurs. To eliminate this issue, keep a notepad next to the hotel bed. When ideas strike, you can jot them down and go to sleep.

10. Create a Traveling Bedtime Routine

At the end of the day, you are still a creature of habit. It's important that you still maintain a consistent bedtime routine even if you are on the road. You should build a traveling bedtime routine that might include a hot shower, light exercise program, a few minutes of meditation, and then lights out as close as possible to the same time every night.

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