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How To Wake Up Refreshed When Traveling

The information listed below should serve as recommendations for steps you can take to improve the likelihood you get a good night’s sleep while traveling.

When you are traveling, it’s important that you wake up refreshed every day while away from home.

That’s especially true if you are vacationing or have an important business meeting.

While a good night’s sleep is always the goal, some people just don’t sleep well away from home.

It could have something to do with uncomfortable beds or maybe its the excitement over what’s waiting when they wake up the next morning.

If you have had difficulty waking up feeling re-freshened during your recent travels, you are surely interested in finding ways to fix those issues.


business man laying on mattress

Winding Down the Right Way

Feeling refreshed when you awaken depends greatly on the quality of sleep you get.

If you are in the habit of interacting with electronic devices prior to bedtime, you are doing yourself a sleeping disservice.

Exposure to the “blue light” put off by electronic devices interferes with the brain’s melatonin production, which helps create better sleep.

If you want a better night’s sleep, shut down the electronics and relax 30 minutes before bedtime, shares Ciphr.

man in bed with device

No Snoozing

Most people don’t understand how their body works.

When you awake in the morning, you have completed your sleep cycle, whether adequate or not.

If you don’t feel refreshed, any attempts to snooze that feeling away will be counterproductive.


The act of snoozing starts a new sleep cycle, which isn’t going to end the right way when interrupted by the snooze alarm.

woman hitting snooze

Get Active

When you wake up while on vacation, you might have thought it’s okay to lounge in bed for a little while.

It’s okay from a time standpoint, but it’s likely to interfere with your chances of feeling fresh and ready to go.

A better alternative is to hit the floor within moments of awakening.

You can go the restroom, open the blinds, do a couple of exercises and start mentally preparing yourself for the day ahead.

woman on treadmill


As you sleep, your body’s hydration levels tend to diminish.

Immediately hitting the restroom when you awake only serves to exacerbate the problem.

If your next step is to reach for the coffee pot, put that thought on hold for a little while.

You should start your morning by drinking a glass of water, which will allow your body to start re-hydrating.

woman drinking water

Watch What You Eat and Drink Prior to Bedtime


According to Healthline, eating and drinking just prior to bedtime is a real no-no if your goals are getting a good night’s sleep and awakening feeling refreshed.

It shouldn’t be necessary to say it, but no caffeine before bed.

As for food, eating most foods close to bedtime only assures that your body will be working overtime while you are trying to sleep.

You won’t get the rest you need, which is counterproductive to feeling refreshed.

Hopefully, you will take heed of these suggestions the next time you travel.

Whether you are going to Disneyland or a business meeting the next day, your overall experience will be much more fulfilling if you were able to sleep well and wake up feeling refreshed.

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About Julee: Julee Morrison is an experienced author with 35 years of expertise in parenting and recipes. She is the author of four cookbooks: The Instant Pot College Cookbook, The How-To Cookbook for Teens, The Complete Cookbook for Teens, and The Complete College Cookbook. Julee is passionate about baking, crystals, reading, and family. Her writing has appeared in The LA Times (Bon Jovi Obsession Goes Global), Disney's Family Fun Magazine (August 2010, July 2009, September 2008), and My Family Gave Up Television (page 92, Disney Family Fun August 2010). Her great ideas have been featured in Disney's Family Fun (Page 80, September 2008) and the Write for Charity book From the Heart (May 2010). Julee's work has also been published in Weight Watchers Magazine, All You Magazine (Jan. 2011, February 2011, June 2013), Scholastic Parent and Child Magazine (Oct. 2011), Red River Family Magazine (Jan. 2011),, and more. Notably, her article "My Toddler Stood on Elvis' Grave and Scaled Over Boulders to Get to a Dinosaur" made AP News, and "The Sly Way I Cured My Child's Lying Habit" was featured on PopSugar. When she's not writing, Julee enjoys spending time with her family and exploring new baking recipes.
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