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I love to travel and I also love to get a good night’s sleep. I’ve learned a few things over the years that all add together to make a great night of sleep whether I’m at home or when traveling!

I used to get terrible sleep in hotels especially but after some trial and error, I’ve found a few things that make such a huge difference for me. Here are some ways I have found that help me sleep better at home AND when traveling.

  • Melatonin + CBD – I’m sure you’ve heard of, tried, or considered melatonin but have you ever combined it with CBD? House of Wise Sleep Gummies (or drops) have 5mg of Melatonin but also have 25mg of Full Spectrum Hemp-derived CBD. Not meant to knock you out but helps me have a full restful night’s sleep and makes such a difference. I absolutely LOVE the quality of the House of Wise products. If you haven’t tried them out yet use code ALLISON20 for 20% off your first purchase!
  • White Noise Machine – I shared a room with a friend on a trip once who had a white noise machine and I had never slept so well in a hotel. I have 2 of this model since I keep one on my nightstand and have one to travel (the family loves it too). It helps at home but especially when traveling if you wake up a lot to little noises from other rooms, out your door, or out your window.
  • Reading a book instead of browsing on your phone. If you aren’t someone that wants to lay in bed & go right to sleep, try reading instead of being on your phone. I love to get into bed a little before I’m ready to get a chapter or so in. Usually, I’m nodding off (even with the best books) if I’ve kept to this routine for a while. My body just knows it’s ready for bed.
  • Black Out Stickers – these things are a lifesaver at home & especially when traveling. Have you ever been in a hotel/rental property and laid down only to realize there were SO MANY LIGHTS?! The ac/heater, tv, smoke alarm, alarm clock… I’ve had serious trouble sleeping with lights and I tend to take any eye mask off in my sleep so these really help darken the room for a much more restful night’s sleep. I discovered these were a thing after covering lights with a bandage on a trip once lol! Just remember to take them off before you leave!
  • Eye Mask – even though I do tend to take them off, I still keep an eye mask around to use when I have a migraine or when traveling. I prefer the ones that are domed so they don’t rest against your eyelid.
  • Silk or Satin Pillowcase (or pillowcase/pillow from home) – I started using a silk pillowcase to help protect my hair but when I traveled with it I realized I slept much better with a familiar fabric. I may just be picky but sometimes I just don’t like the pillowcases that are available.
  • Stay cold & then warm – I keep our house pretty cold at night & then pile on the blankets. We sleep so much better when the temperature is low. Then everyone can regulate with blankets (I use 1 or 2 more than Jared does).
  • Nighttime routine – this doesn’t have to be long and drawn out but for me the act of making a cup of (decaf) tea, washing my face, brushing my teeth, getting into bed, & then reading a bit (plus that white noise) definitely tells my body it is time to sleep.
  • No alcohol too close to bed – this is a big one (especially as I get older). If I drink too close to bed I will 100% wake up at 2-3am. If I have my drink(s) earlier in the evening giving my time body to process (and time to re-hydrate) I can still get a full night’s sleep.


Allison Waken is the founder, writer, photographer, and content creator of All for the Memories and All for the Boys.

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