Many people go on holiday to relax, but it's often difficult to get enough sleep, even if you're focused on resting. Here are a few tips to improve your slumber while travelling.

Sleep health: Know your facts

Sleep is essential to your overall health, and going without enough of it can have detrimental effects on your body and mind. Lack of sleep can affect your mood, memory and concentration, which will have a big impact on how much you enjoy your holiday.

Of course, it's not always easy to get enough sleep when travelling. Uncomfortable aeroplane and train seats, time changes and general excitement or anxiety often cause travellers to miss out on shut-eye.

Talk with your doctor

If you're worried about your ability to sleep, talk with your doctor before you set off. He or she may have some advice on what you can do to improve your slumber, and if it's truly a concern, the doctor may prescribe you medication or herbal supplements to help.

You can also discuss whether it would be a good idea to invest in international travel insurance in case your inability to sleep impacts your health while you're abroad.

Watch your diet, be active

What you put into your body can influence your ability to sleep. In general, it's probably best to avoid caffeine and alcohol - especially at night - until you have adjusted to your holiday sleep schedule.

Exercise can also help you improve your sleep habits. Using the hotel gym while you're travelling will not only keep you fit, but it could help you fall asleep when you're lying in bed at night.

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