10 Ways to Sleep Better on Your Next Vacation

Dodge fatigue and get a better night's rest with these sleep aid solutions.

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10 Ways to Sleep Better on Your Next Vacation

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With innovative programs that aim to help travelers rest on the road – from in-room humidifiers to lie-flat cabin seats – there are plenty of ways to get quality shut-eye while traveling.(Getty Images)

Having trouble catching some zzz's while on vacation? Travelers often find that their normal sleep patterns are disrupted while away from the cozy confines of their own beds. Happily, the industry is introducing innovative sleep-focused programming, from insomnia treatments to zero-gravity adult nap chairs to help promote quality rest. With that in mind, here are 10 snooze-inducing solutions to help you get some shut-eye while traveling.

Rely on In-Room Sleep Aids

The Library Hotel Collection's properties offer in-room humidifiers and Sleep Phones (or headband headphones), which are developed to lull users into a natural sleep cycle. The Sleep Phones are available on loan along with eye masks, special pillows and foam or featherbed mattress toppers. Plus, when you're not catching up on sleep, you'll find plenty of on-site perks. For example, Hotel Girraffe in Newy York City provides refreshments throughout the day in its lobby, along with a breakfast buffet each morning and a wine and cheese reception each afternoon.

Take an In-Flight Snooze

Hawaiian Airlines is set to roll out its first aircraft with lie-flat seats in its premium cabin at the end of May. The 180-degree seats use an innovative seat platform to fold into 76-inch beds – perfect to catch a snooze. Travelers receive an array of goodies to prep for bedtime from socks with "E Hiamoe Maika'I" (or "sleep well”) written on them to toiletries with scents that evoke the tropical allure of the islands. “We have designed an experience that will usher in a new era in premium service to Hawaii, one that resulted from a thorough review of guest feedback and intensive research to develop a best-in-class product for our long haul aircraft," says Mark Dunkerley, president and CEO of Hawaiian Airlines.

Seek a Restful Room Design

A sufferer of restless nights, Larry Korman, president of luxury long-stay brand AKA, hand-selected mattresses for all suites. Plus, AKA properties are outfitted with light boxes, blackout drapes and light-sensitive alarm clocks, and offer guests the opportunity to remove or cover distracting TVs and bedroom mirrors upon request. Located in prestigious neighborhoods such as New York City's Central Park and Times Square, the White House district in Washington District of Columbia, Los Angeles' Beverly Hills and London's West End, AKA properties offer studio, one and two bedroom short-term furnished apartment suites and penthouse residences.

Choose a Hotel with a Customized Sleep Menu

At The Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa guests can wind down with the in-room Westin Sleep Well Menu featuring foods packed with amino acids, vitamins and minerals to improve sleep quality. Plus, rainforest showerheads and deep soaking tubs add to the allure of this snooze-friendly resort. Nestled amidst the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains in Tucson, Arizona, everything – from the Red Door Spa to the five spectacular pools – is designed to please and pamper visitors.

Get Pampered with an Indulgent Spa Treatment

At the Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino's full-service spa, the Nirvana Total Indulgence Spa Ritual starts with a skin polish followed by a clay body cocoon infused with steam therapy to detoxify the body. Throughout the treatment, a continuous dripping of oil on the third eye, known as the Shirodhara technique, helps treat insomnia. If you're really looking to splurge, consider springing for a stay at the Presidential suite, which features an in-room fitness center, a pantry for basic food or drink preparation and a private terrace. If you can't get a good night's sleep here, chances are you won't be able to sleep anywhere.

Purchase a Slumber Package

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and a 1,100-acre rainforest, Los Suenos Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort offers sleep-deprived travelers a package that includes breakfast for two, organic silk lavender eye masks, a soothing therapy massage and a post-treatment relaxing tea for a restful night lulled to sleep by tropical sounds. Plus, this high-end Costa Rican resort offers hiking and canopy tours along with lush rainforest surroundings that strike the right balance of activity and relaxation for wellness travelers.

Indulge in an Adult Nap Chair Treatment

At Well & Being Spa at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, in Scottsdale, Arizona, the new Sweet Dreams Aromatherapy Wrap incorporates calming lavender with a moisturizing body wrap to induce sleep. As part of Well & Being's distinctive sleep program, guests can also book a 30-minute adult nap in the spa's zero gravity lounge chair. Best of all, guests choose from five pillars of wellness, including spa and beauty, fitness, nutrition, healing therapies and sleep, depending on their individual needs.

Try a Flotation Therapy

Live Well Upstate, a health care clinic in Elmira, New York, recently installed the Finger Lakes region's first floatation therapy room. Inside the therapy room, guests float in total darkness and silence within 10 inches of water saturated with Epsom salts, letting muscles relax as they drift off to a weightless sleep. Treatments last up to 90 minutes, allowing guests to enjoy meditative dreaming.

Consider a Soothing Sandalwood Spa Treatment

At the Hilton Aruba Resort, Casino & Spa's new Eforea Spa, guests can get their sleep schedules back on track with an aromatherapy massage using the spa's signature soothing bath and body oil. The blend of warm essential oils combines sandalwood and frankincense – two natural ingredients known for their ability to relieve nervous tension and combat insomnia – to ensure patrons leave feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.

Try a Tequila Turndown

The newly opened Thompson Playa del Carmen in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, features a special tequila turndown that helps ensure quality sleep. After all, relaxation is one of the positive side effects of consuming tequila, and a small amount before bedtime can reportedly help guests fall asleep faster and sleep more soundly. After catching up on sleep, you can enjoy the property's superior location; the 92-room main hotel is ideally situated on La Quinta Avenida, Playa's two-mile-long thoroughfare. What's more, the Thompson outpost features a more intimate oceanfront Beach House located just a few blocks away that boasts 27 luxury rooms and suites, an exclusive pool, private cabanas and an oceanfront restaurant.

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