Tips to Help Families Sleep in a HotelDisclosure: Our family received a free night in a Holiday Inn Express to check out the Snoozapalooza promotion. Who would turn down a great family night out, and a chance to stay in a hotel with a water slide? All opinions are our own. Our family travels a lot and does quite a few StayCations a year in the Maritimes. Although we love getting away, it's not always easy for our family to stay in one room to sleep. My husband likes to stay up very late. I like to read before I go to sleep. Thomas falls asleep as soon as his head hits the pillow, and Daniel takes a minimum of 45 minutes to fall asleep. While Daniel is trying to fall asleep, he tosses and turns and makes a lot of noise. This is fine when he's home in his own room, but when we're all in one hotel room, it's very challenging, as he keeps Thomas from falling asleep and me from reading (because he doesn't like the light).
Over the past 10 years we have developed some tips for falling asleep as a family in a hotel!
- Move the clock. The kids say they sleep better when they can see the time. This way, they know if they can get up, or should try to fall back asleep.
- Bring a flashlight. Every time I pack, I always include a flashlight. When I am reading at night, I don't have to use the overhead lamps. Before this, there were many times I was sitting, reading in the bathroom! Now, I try to bring my e-reader and adjust the brightness function. However, the light still tends to bother the kids.
- Bring a mask. The hotel might even have one you can have. I always pack eye masks, so the kids can block out the light from our reading, and helps them calm down.
- Bring earplugs. Same with the eye mask. They create a sensory deprivation zone and help the kids calm and block out noise from other family members. These take awhile to get used to, so you might want to try using them ahead of time.
- Have something to keep the kids quiet. Daniel needs an activity to do right before bed to quiet his mind. Also, when he wakes up earlier than everyone, he needs to have something quiet to do so he doesn't wake everyone else up. For us, it's a tablet where he can listen to audio stories, music, or play games in the morning.
- Set up the TV. Before parents go to sleep, set up the TV to a kids' channel and put it on a low volume. That way, when the kids wake up, you can roll over, turn on the TV, and roll back for a few more ZZZzzzsss.
- Sleeping activities and games. We always bring a story to read so the kids can listen calmly. Sometimes we play an audio story to keep them quiet. Other times we resort to... who can go the longest without making any noise? Or in worst case scenarios, we'll pay you $1 if you can not make a noise for 15 minutes!