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  • Published on Dec 10, 2018
    How to Sleep Better in Your RV

    Travel is notorious for causing sleeplessness. With an RV, you have the benefit of taking your home with you on the road. However, that doesn't always mean it's easy to get the seven to nine hours you need. A combination of healthy sleep conditions and habits can help no matter where you sleep, but while you're on the road, there are a few special considerations you'll need to keep in mind.

    Create Ideal Sleep Conditions

    Some people are blessed with the ability to sleep anywhere anytime. For the rest of us, ideal sleep conditions may be needed. That means:

    ·  Blocking Out Light: The awake signal gets triggered by any light but especially blue spectrum light from the sun or high-efficiency light bulbs. Block out as much as possible using blackout curtains or other window coverings. If your window coverings aren’t getting the job done, a sleep mask is another option.

    ·  Controlling Temperature: Most people sleep better in temperatures that fall between 60 and 68 degrees. In the summer, open windows, run fans, or your RV’s air conditioner can help you stay comfortable. When the temperatures drop, electric blankets, hot water bottles, and extra layers can do the trick.

    · Drown Out the Noise: Noise can be a serious challenge in an RV because of the thin walls. Static from a radio or white noise machine can prevent outside noises from disrupting your sleep.

    · Invest in a Mattress: Chances are that the mattress that came with your RV isn’t of the best quality. Find something that both fits in the RV and has the right support level for you and your partner. Generally, a medium-firm mattress works for most people and provides adequate back support. However, if you weigh more than average you may need a firmer mattress. For those who are smaller than average, a soft mattress may be the right fit.

    Choose Your Site Carefully

    Campgrounds can be rowdy and noisy if the right campers are around. A secluded spot offers more privacy and helps keep noise levels from interfering with your sleep. If you’re worried about security because of your health or any other reason, a personal medical alert device can offer you the peace of mind to choose any site you want.

    Cut Down or Eliminate Your Screen Time

    Many of your favourite electronics like a TV or iPad can emit a blue spectrum light that suppresses sleep hormones. Start tapering off your screen time two to three hours before bed to prevent sleep disruptions.

    Level Off Your RV

    It can be hard to sleep if your listing to one side all night long. Blood pools and you’re simply not comfortable. Make sure to level off your RV so you have an even sleeping surface. Sometimes it takes extra time to get it right but it’s worth it in the end.

    Say No to Stimulants and Alcohol

    Stimulants like the caffeine found in soda and coffee block sleep hormones for hours. For most people, it’s best to cut back consumption about four hours before bed. Caffeine can also act as a diuretic, which leads to excessive urination yet another sleep disruptor.

    Alcohol is another substance you’ll want to avoid to get better sleep. While it can make you feel drowsy at first, it disrupts your sleep cycle later on in the night, leading to wakefulness. Limit your consumption to the early evening.

    Conclusion

    As you create the right conditions and develop healthy sleep habits, you open the door for better sleep no matter where you’re parked. While some changes will be easy, others may take time to develop. Be patient with yourself and before you know it, you’ll feel the benefits that come with better sleep.

    -Tuck

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