Whether you’re inter-railing around Europe or simply travelling across the country by train this summer, these helpful hacks are sure to improve your sleep (just make sure you don’t miss your stop…). With the help of Neil Robinson, Sealy UK’s resident sleep expert, here are 5 IDEAL sleeping tips for interrailers.
KEEP YOUR TICKET ON SHOW
Keeping your ticket visible will help to avoid being woken by train conductors throughout your journey. Some trains have small slots which you can place your ticket in, however it’s also worth packing a lanyard or clip, to ensure you have somewhere to keep your ticket on display while you drift off to the land of nod.
Unlike buses, trains are usually overly air-conditioned. Cooler trains can aid your sleep as a lower temperature stimulates the production of melatonin which encourages sleep, but it’s equally crucial to wear layers or bring a small blanket to nestle under if the train gets too chilly. Which it so often does.
CHOOSE YOUR SEAT WISELY
Some people don’t feel that comfortable sleeping on the trains, but you might find it inevitable if it’s a lengthy trip. Trains have both front and rear-facing seats, so if you’re prone to motion sickness, ensure you choose a forward-facing seat. It’s also worth opting for the window seat to avoid being disturbed by the passenger next to you needing to stretch their legs or nip to the toilet.
CHOOSE YOUR TRAVEL TIME WISELY, TOO
Very early morning and late-night trains tend to be the least crowded. Booking your travel during one of these periods can raise your chances of getting an area to yourself, meaning you can stretch out into a more comfortable position. This will allow your body to be more relaxed, making it more likely that you’ll get a good sleep.
BRING EAR PLUGS
Trains can be noisy places, with all the hustle and bustle from other passengers, not to mention the tracks, announcements and the rest. Bringing ear plugs on your journey can help to muffle this and turn it into soothing ‘white noise’, allowing you to drift off more easily.