I would have better advise from an veterinarian alas, I tend to try to make sure I sleep when I go on vacation.
I will take sleep aids and do everything possible to sleep in on my vacation.
- Brush teeth and wash face
- Have vacation sleepware specifically cute and comfy wear to go to bed in
- Take Sleep aids just in case.
- Do strenuous exercise during day so I am physically ready for sleep.
- Turn off or silence all phones ...make sure alarms are off.
Try not to get sick on trip. I take some vitamins with me just in case.
I also try to drink tea instead of coffee during my trip. While I indulge in wine and other diet contraband during my vacation I am serious about getting 8 hours or at least 7.
Yet, during my trip to Santa Barbara I woke up a mere 5 hours later bolted out the door at 7:30 am and had a stress test that rivaled the President getting a call that the Russians are coming to New Jersey for a slice of pizza. ( I was late getting to an event :(
It was the worst really it was. I made it back from my trip but all I wanted was to sleep.
So my trip to Sacramento, I stocked myself with sleep aids and suffered a worse fate ...noisy neighbors at 1am after falling to sleep at 12...it took me another three hours to "fall" back asleep.
I couldn't exercise harder on either trip and yet I fail at the whole sleep on my vacation thing.
So during the weekends I try to train my body to accept sleep and practice my sleep ritual for vacation but both the Doctor and Vet told me that isn't what I need to do. I need to practice sleeping everyday.
I don't use sleep aids daily I try to do my practice.
Brushing my teeth so I don't snack.
Putting my Pandora on Peace Radio
Drinking ice cold water ..don't ask but it helps a lot more than I thought
Stretching seriously this is hard to do but I force myself to do it just because it does help "Jump" out of bed.
Otherwise my next vacation in a few weeks will be awesome time to catchup on sleep.