We all love to take a few days off to relax and unwind. Whether it's a trip to the beach, a drive to see relatives, or even a camping trip, it's great to take time away from the everyday routine. But have you ever noticed that while you can usually control where you go on vacation, you can't always control where you sleep?

"When you go on vacation or visit with relatives, you usually take whatever "bed" you're given, whether it's a plush bed at a high-end resort or the pull-out sofa at your aunt's house," stated Andrea Herman, Director of the Better Sleep Council. "Sometimes you sleep better, sometimes worse, than you do at home. Either way, it's a good opportunity to evaluate whether your own bed at home is as comfortable as it can be."

"Going on vacation can make you aware of what does, and does not, feel comfortable to you. For example, sleeping on a king-size bed that gives you and your partner more room to move around may lead you to realize that a larger bed would be a better choice for both of you," stated Herman.

Sleeping somewhere other than your own bed can also make you aware of your needs for comfort and support. A mattress that is too hard, too soft, or even one that feels just right, can make you think about how your own bed at home feels in comparison. And, if when you return home you find that your mattress is not as comfortable as it should be, it may be time for a new sleep set.

Aside from your mattress, other controllable factors you can be on the lookout for when on vacation include noise, light and temperature. "Getting a great night's sleep in a cool, dark room while on vacation can make you realize that closing your curtains or turning the thermostat down a notch might help you sleep better in your own home," stated Herman.

The room you sleep in should be quiet and relaxing. Unwelcome noise or light, an uncomfortable or worn-out mattress and foundation, or a room that's too warm or too cool can prevent you from getting the sleep you need.


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