At your desk, on the train, waiting in line at the post office….for national public sleeping day we’re sharing our expert tips on how to sleep in public.
Getting a few minutes of shut eye during the day can be a great energy boost, however, if done wrong it can make you feel groggy and tired when you wake up.
If you’re looking for ways to take a sneaky nap in public- read on.
How to Sleep on a Plane
Sleeping on a plane can be tricky. Noisy passengers, stuffy cabins and lack of legroom can make it difficult to get comfy.
To fall asleep easy, try these tips;
- Wear comfortable clothing and thick socks, especially if it’s a long haul-flight
- Try natural sleep aids such as chamomile tea of lavender spray
- Take a neck pillow. Sleeping in an awkward position can lead to neck pain. A memory foam pillow helps realign the spine to help you get a good sleep and wake up feeling refreshed
- Avoid oily or sugary foods that could disrupt your digestion and cause discomfort
How to Sleep on a Train
Whether you’re travelling for work or pleasure, a train journey offers a great opportunity to catch up on some much-needed sleep.
If you’re feeling tired on a train;
- Pick a comfortable seat near a window and in a quiet carriage if possible
- Listen to soothing music or a sleep podcast to block out chatty passengers
- Bring a cosy jumper or scarf as trains can get chilly
- Keep your valuables in a secure location so you can sleep stress-free
- Create an alarm on your phone so you don’t miss your stop!
How to Sleep at Work
Sleeping at work is risky business. Unless you’re lucky enough to work in a swanky office with special sleep pods, sleeping on the job is most probably frowned upon.
However, if you simply can’t keep your eyes open, there are ways to get some sneaky shuteye;
- Find an empty meeting room, turn the lights off and snooze
- Always set an alarm so you don’t miss any important meetings
- Bring an eye mask to work to block out harsh office lighting
- Take a nap on your lunch break! Take advantage of that post lunch slump and sleep guilt-free
- If your workplace has a secure car park, sneak off to your car at break time!
How to Sleep Outside
What’s more relaxing than taking a nap in a park on a summer’s day? However, for some people sleeping outside is easier said than done. To help you get to sleep outside, here are some tips;
- Take a blanket and a comfortable pillow to sleep on
- Try to ensure there is someone with you for added safety
- Take several clothing layers with you to reach your optimum temperature for sleep
- Many people find that reading helps them sleep. If that’s you, take a book to help you drift off
How to Sleep in a Noisy Place
If you find yourself delayed in a noisy airport lounge and are having trouble sleeping, we’ve got the recipe for a good night’s sleep;
- Ensure you have earplugs in your bag
- Listen to soothing music
- Position yourself near a fan as the continuous noise could help you nod off
How to Sleep in Public
In case you need any more help getting to the land of nod, here are some more general tips to help you relax and get some quality rest;
Limit Nap Time
The perfect nap time is either 20 or 90 minutes. This is because your natural circadian rhythm works in cycles and disrupting this can make you feel worse on waking. The amount of sleep needed will vary from person to person but try not to nap for any longer or you may disrupt your bedtime routine.
Choose Your Nap Time Wisely
The post-lunch slump is a perfect time to indulge in a nap as carbohydrates can make you feel sleepy and it coincides with your lunch break. Taking a nap too close to bedtime affects sleep later on when it really matters.
To get in the right headspace for sleep, and to improve your sleep quality there are a number of relaxation techniques you can try;
- Listening to music, white noise or a podcast
- Meditation or breathing techniques
- Gentle stretches or yoga
- Write down your worries or niggling tasks
- Tense and relax your muscles
Get Regular Sleep
Sleep plays a vital part in our overall health and energy levels. When we experience sleep problems at night, the temptation to nap during the day can feel overwhelming.
However, sorting your sleeping pattern and getting quality sleep each night can increase your energy levels during the day, dispelling the need for nap time. By regulating the hours of sleep you get and falling asleep at the same time each night, it is possible to develop healthy sleeping habits.
One way to help you on your way to perfect sleep is to invest in a mattress tailored to your needs. At Memory Foam Warehouse, we have hundreds of designs at every budget, from orthopedic support to cooling sleep technology.
Find your ideal memory foam mattress and sleep well for good.