How Much Sleep Do You Need Before a Road trip?
I know that road trips are exciting and fun and everyone loves them. However, road trips can also be tiring and leave you calculating how much sleep you need before one. I usually stress out before a road trip and have my head spinning, thinking if I have packed everything I need the night before.
How much sleep should you get before a road trip?
The amount of sleep you need to get ready for a road trip is not fixed. However, I normally make an effort to get a full night's sleep (about 7-8 hours), so I don't feel worn out and sleepy when driving. I always make sure to brew some coffee the day of the road trip and bring it with me because, in my experience, it keeps me focused while I'm driving.
Make sure to rest if you often sleep for longer than eight hours. Before going to bed, take a relaxing bath. It will help you to relax and get the rest you require.
Be careful not to drive if you feel sleepy or fatigued; it has been shown that driving while physically exhausted causes car crashes.
Things to keep in mind:
- Do not drive if you feel drowsy, and avoid driving after midnight because your body might shut down and you might fall asleep.
- The warmth of the car and the lack of lights on the rural roads can make it easier for you to fall asleep. If you feel asleep, pull over and take a nap.
- Drinking too many energy drinks can cause anxiety and cause you to lose concentration while driving.
Why can’t I sleep the night before a road trip
You could find it challenging to relax because of the excitement you have before a road trip. Your questions fill your mind and make it spin. You're restless. That's what happens to me, but on a road trip, I usually make sure I'm not the first one behind the wheel. Because I become anxious and psyched out if I know I'm going to drive, the distance is long, and I need to be alert or awake.
I have a tendency to worry a lot about schedules and timing, so when I have to get up in the morning at a specific time, I start to feel anxious. Your body produces cortisone and adrenaline when you're anxious, which effectively keeps you awake. The greatest method to avoid thinking about these things is to exercise, run, or become exhausted the day before so you can forget about it and rest later. That helps me relax, but you might find something else that does the same for you. You just need to know what it is.
Another thing you can do is avoid caffeine the day before, or at least 6 hours before bedtime. If you are the type of person who worries about having to get up early, simply turn off your alarm. Your car isn't going anywhere without you on that road trip.
Do I really need to sleep before a road trip
My friends are always asking me, "Can we start the road trip right away?" Let's get ready and leave before midnight to avoid sleeping and grab a coffee on the way. Before embarking on a road trip, I believe it is critical to get a good night's sleep. Is 4 hours of sleep enough? It could be if you didn't get any sleep at all.
The dangers of being sleepy behind the wheel are enormous, and driving while tired or sleepy is a risk not worth taking.
How to sleep before a road trip
- Begin by switching off your phone. Part of the reason we can't sleep at night is because we start scrolling through social media and the time passes without you realizing it's 3 a.m. and you have to wake up in 4 hours. It has happened to me numerous times, and I am sure it has happened to all of you as well. So, if you have a road trip planned for the next day, make sure to keep your phone out of sight.
2. Follow your bed routine by acting as nothing is happening the day after. Sleep at your regular bedtime and follow your regular bedtime rituals.
3. You can also practice meditation. When your mind is agitated, meditation can be very beneficial. Choose a guided meditation for mind relaxation and simply lie down. You'll feel better and sleep better in a few minutes.
4. Avoid caffeine and alcohol before bed: Both of these substances can interfere with sleep.
5. Consider using a white noise machine: White noise can help mask any disruptive sounds and create a more peaceful sleep environment.
6. If you are still having trouble sleeping, do not attempt to drive.
It's simple for me because whenever I go on a road trip, I make sure that at least one person can drive so that I'm not the only one behind the wheel. The road trip can be exhausting, especially for the driver, who must always concentrate and keep their eyes on the road. Bring a friend who can drive, and choose a car that is easy to drive and has insurance in case something goes wrong on the road. If you do not have another driver, make sure you are always well rested. Stop and rest if the drive is longer than a day.
Make sure you don't drive at night because you may feel refreshed and tired, but this is an illusion of drowsiness and you won't be able to concentrate on the road for long. So take a break, walk it off, get some fresh air, see if you can still drive, and then get back behind the wheel.
The road trip will be great
Keep a positive mindset about road trips. You already know it will be fantastic. You don't have to worry about every little thing. Things run more smoothly when they are unplanned and spontaneous. A road trip with nice company is all you need to feel refreshed.
Please stop obsessing about what-if scenarios, and make sure you get a good night's sleep before driving.
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Gentiana Gjyshka, orignially from Albania is a traveller and a copywriter! You can connect with her on her LinkedIn account.