19 January 2023

How to get the best night’s sleep traveling together

Like you we love travelling and traveling with your partner is even more special. But having a bad night’s sleep on the other hand can make your trip tiring and stressful. Let’s dive into some tips for a better night’s sleep while traveling with your partner.

Magic number 18:

For optimum sleep, Sleep Expert Dr. Els van der Helm recommends a room temperature of 16 to 18°C. In each of our Ruby Hotels, every room has a whisper-quiet air conditioning system that can be individually controlled. If you are frozen to the bone, take a warm rain shower before going to bed to help regulate your body temperature.

Time for tea:

“It takes 4 to 7 hours for the caffeine level in the body to fall to 50 percent, and another 4 to 7 hours for it to fall to 25 percent. This caffeine half-life is actually doubled in women who are taking the pill,” confirms Dr. Els van der Helm. Good alternatives: at Ruby you can order one of our house-blend teas; choose one with a fast-acting stimulant effect or a calming brew, depending on the time of day. There is also a range of herbal teas available for free in our Galleys.

Early dinner date:

No matter how delicious that dinner for two was – “Eating late is not advisable for a relaxing night’s sleep,” Dr. Els van der Helm tells us. Happily, Ruby Hotels are located right in the heart of many cities. So book early and walk to that trendy restaurant. Walking back to the hotel is also the perfect way to improve digestion.

Drink alcohol in moderation:

We tend to fall asleep very nicely when there is alcohol in our systems, but it leaves our bodies very slowly overnight. “The body is fighting against inflammation and does not sleep well,” explains Dr. Els van der Helm.
Our 24/7 bars at Ruby Hotels also offer our guests alcohol-free drinks and cocktails. Just ask the bar staff, they’ll be happy to mix you something to your taste.

Stay cosy

It’s not comfortable to try and sleep with cold feet.  So wear socks in bed if you need to, even if it isn’t sexy. Or simply stay in one of our cosy rooms. They all have large, extra-long mattresses with a dual-layer fabric cover providing a climate-regulating effect. “So they keep you cool in summer and warm in winter – with no need for socks,” reveals Matthew Balon, head of design at Ruby.

Cuddling is recommended:

“A cuddle before falling asleep reduces levels of the stress hormone cortisol and increases levels of oxytocin, also known as the love hormone,” says Prof. Dr. Christoph Schöbel. From a medical point of view, oxytocin is a happiness hormone because it increases our feeling of well-being. The duvets in Ruby rooms are genuinely great at cuddles, too.