How to Travel with a Snorer

Sleep has never been more important than after you’re go, go, going all day long while you’re on a trip. Not getting enough sleep can serious hinder any adventure you go on. So, if you find yourself traveling with someone who snores, don’t run the risk of spending a sleepless night tossing and turning and nearly ripping your hair out — check out these helpful tips for how to travel with a snorer!

Go to Sleep Before They Do

I’ve found that one of the most effective ways to deal with traveling with someone who snores is by going to sleep before they do. Right after you fall asleep, you typically go into deep sleep first before REM. So, if you get to sleep first, you’ll already be dead asleep by the time they start to snore.

If you’re worried about waking up in the middle of the night and not being able to get back to sleep, I recommend Zzzquil tablets. They have been a life saver for me on trips with my mom and my aunt who are Professional Snorers. Make sure you opt for the tablets rather than the liquid stuff and to keep them in the original bottle (maybe get one of the smaller ones) to make sure you don’t get stopped going through TSA at an airport.

Get Some Earplugs

Foam earplugs will change your life when you’re traveling with someone who snores. I get contoured ones from WalMart that are not more than $3 and you get about thirty of them. If you can get them deep into your ear like you’re supposed to — it takes a few tries — you are all set. Seriously, you could sleep through a concert with these things.

Lots of other places sell these types of earplugs including Amazon and most general drug stores. Bose even makes some fancy ones if you’re interested in spending your money that way.

Try Noise-Cancelling Headphones

Another trick that I’ve tried is using noise-cancelling headphones. I’ll be the first to admit that this isn’t the easiest option. Not only are noise-cancelling headphones kind of pricey, they are also often big and go over your ears instead of in them which can make it hard to sleep any way but on your back.

Headphones like these can come in handy in all types of traveling experiences, not just while you’re trying to sleep in a hotel room with someone who snores. Investing in a good pair of noise-cancelling headphones can benefit you when you’re seated near a crying child, if you’re trying to get some work done on the road, or just want to relax while your travel mates chat.

Get More than One Bed

Sleeping directly next to someone who snores in the same bed can be torturous. So, exhaust all of your sleeping arrangement options. If you have just one bed, ask if they have any two bedrooms available — many hotels will upgrade you at the desk depending on what their reservations look like for the night. You can also ask about suites — if you need to sleep on a touch or a pull-out sofa bed in a separate room to get some sleep, so be it.

If moving rooms isn’t an option, most hotels can hook you up with a roll-away cot. They’re usually a twin bed which is probably smaller than you’re used to, but it can give you the space you need from your snoring travel partner.

Sweet Dreams!

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