9 Ways to Sleep Well in a Hotel Room

by Blane Bachelor

9 Ways to Sleep Well in a Hotel Room

by Blane Bachelor

Being an enthusiastic traveler and a light sleeper isn't exactly an ideal combination for getting the most out of your journey. Fortunately, we've picked up a few tricks and tips to help avoid the frustrations of noisy neighbors and thin hotel walls to make the most of nights on the road. Here are nine ways to get a good night's sleep in a hotel room.

Being an enthusiastic traveler and a light sleeper isn't exactly an ideal combination for getting the most out of your journey. Fortunately, we've picked up a few tricks and tips to help avoid the frustrations of noisy neighbors and thin hotel walls to make the most of nights on the road. Here are nine ways to get a good night's sleep in a hotel room.

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Choose Your Room Carefully

When making your reservation or checking in, always request a quiet room – i.e., away from noisy elevators, stairwells, ice and vending machines, housekeeping, pool areas, and any construction zones. Quieter rooms tend to be those at the end of the hall (assuming there's no housekeeping nearby) and on upper floors, away from traffic and street noise.

When making your reservation or checking in, always request a quiet room – i.e., away from noisy elevators, stairwells, ice and vending machines, housekeeping, pool areas, and any construction zones. Quieter rooms tend to be those at the end of the hall (assuming there's no housekeeping nearby) and on upper floors, away from traffic and street noise.

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Pack the Essentials

That means earplugs (forget those squishy versions they sometimes hand out in business class on flights and go for the moldable silicone ones) and a comfortable eye mask. You may feel like a diva at first, but trust us, getting a good night’s sleep far outweighs that sentiment.

Read more: 10 Items to Make Your Bedroom Feel Like a Luxury Hotel Room
 

That means earplugs (forget those squishy versions they sometimes hand out in business class on flights and go for the moldable silicone ones) and a comfortable eye mask. You may feel like a diva at first, but trust us, getting a good night’s sleep far outweighs that sentiment.

 

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Ask the Front Desk to Hold Your Calls

Have the reception desk take messages or send calls directly to voice mail during your specified hours, which helps prevent you from getting woken up by a wrong number.

Have the reception desk take messages or send calls directly to voice mail during your specified hours, which helps prevent you from getting woken up by a wrong number.

Hotel AC
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Use White Noise

The in-room HVAC unit (whether set on the fan function or air conditioning) can be a great tool to block out unwanted noise, as is the bathroom ventilation fan if there is one. Another option: Download a white noise app onto your smartphone or tablet.

Read more: 11 Apps to Save You Money When You Travel
 

The in-room HVAC unit (whether set on the fan function or air conditioning) can be a great tool to block out unwanted noise, as is the bathroom ventilation fan if there is one. Another option: Download a white noise app onto your smartphone or tablet.

 

Do not disturb sign
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Bust Out the Do Not Disturb Sign

If you’re planning on sleeping in past 8 a.m. and you forget to do this, you’re almost guaranteed at some point to be woken up by a knock at the door. Use that do not disturb sign to your advantage.

If you’re planning on sleeping in past 8 a.m. and you forget to do this, you’re almost guaranteed at some point to be woken up by a knock at the door. Use that do not disturb sign to your advantage.

Phone and tablet on night stand
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Set Backup Alarms

Stressing over whether your alarm will go off or the wake-up call will come through is no way to fall (and stay) blissfully asleep. Increase your peace of mind with backups: your cellphone, a trusty travel alarm clock, a wake-up call, and/or the in-room alarm clock.

Stressing over whether your alarm will go off or the wake-up call will come through is no way to fall (and stay) blissfully asleep. Increase your peace of mind with backups: your cellphone, a trusty travel alarm clock, a wake-up call, and/or the in-room alarm clock.

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And About That Hotel Alarm Clock…

If you’re not using it, remember to check and make sure it’s turned off. Nothing is more infuriating than being jolted from peaceful slumber by the blasting beeps set by a previous guest.

If you’re not using it, remember to check and make sure it’s turned off. Nothing is more infuriating than being jolted from peaceful slumber by the blasting beeps set by a previous guest.

Businesswoman
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Don’t Wait to Report Noise

Most hotel room walls are so wafer-thin you can hear every imaginable act on the other side – which some people don’t realize. If your neighbors are talking, watching television, or doing other things loudly – call the front desk..

Most hotel room walls are so wafer-thin you can hear every imaginable act on the other side – which some people don’t realize. If your neighbors are talking, watching television, or doing other things loudly – call the front desk.

Hotel concierge
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If Necessary, Ask to Be Moved

Yes, packing up your stuff in the middle of the night bites, but it far outweighs the ensuing fatigue and frustration of a sleepless night. You might even get an upgrade, which happened to us at The Benjamin in New York City when a pack of children continued screaming up and down the hall at midnight, despite repeated calls to the front desk. We were transferred to a new suite on another floor.

Yes, packing up your stuff in the middle of the night bites, but it far outweighs the ensuing fatigue and frustration of a sleepless night. You might even get an upgrade, which happened to us at The Benjamin in New York City when a pack of children continued screaming up and down the hall at midnight, despite repeated calls to the front desk. We were transferred to a new suite on another floor.

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