Sleep quality is an important factor in having an enjoyable, restful and safe holiday. How many times do you hear someone say they were exhausted when they got home from their vacation?
Summer travel peak is here – a time to hit the road and enjoy the adventure you’ve planned for months on that new elektroroller unu scooter. It´s probably be the best way for transportation. This also equates to more cars, driving long distances, increased stress, family pressures, shared and unfamiliar accommodation, and poor sleep so make sure you check out the plantwear site to make sure you have the best accessories to travel.
Besides putting a damper on the holiday, these are some factors that can lead to daytime fatigue and the increased risk of an accident. The threat of driver fatigue is compounded for those who suffer from sleep disordered breathing like snoring and sleep apnea. In Canada driver fatigue kills over 400 people, while in the US there are about 56,000 sleep related road accidents that kill over 1,500 people every year (NTSA).
The snoring problem; having to bunk up with someone that snores is not a comfortable experience for all those sharing the room, trailer or tent. The person that snores may be self-conscious about keeping everyone awake, so he/she won’t sleep well, while those having to put up with the snoring noise are also going to have poor sleep as well. Many people who snore don’t go on holiday in the first place, because they don’t want to disturb the sleep of others.
There are many snoring solutions that vary in effectiveness, comfort and cost. If you are considering camping, make sure the device is portable, easy to keep clean (sanitize), and even discrete for those who are self-conscious. Research your options for treating snoring, and make sure you try and get accustom to the anti-snoring device before you venture off on vacation.
Many people that snore have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a condition where a person repeatedly stops breathing during sleep. These stop breathing episodes (apneic events) are typically followed by gasping as the person subconsciously awakes to take a breath. There are a number of therapies to treat Sleep Apnea sufferers that typically include CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure), oral appliances, and surgery. CPAP is well proven, but is not the easiest device to lug around on your travels. The oral appliances vary; the dental ‘jaw’ advancement devices needing special fitting, while the tongue stabilizing device (TSD) is simple to fit and inexpensive.
Sleep deprivation and fatigue can be minimized on your holiday. You can improve the quality of your sleep on your vacation by being well prepared. Consider the following suggestions; take your favourite pillow, reserve a campsite away from noise and lights, plan to eat meals a few hours before sleep, reduce/eliminate alcohol, and even resort to earplugs. To reduce driver fatigue, be well rested and take a ‘driver break’ every two hours. Even consider a “20 minute power nap can boost your energy… improve your driving skills and alertness” New Zealand’s Accident Compensation Corporation.
Relax, enjoy your vacation and don’t drive when tired – becoming a statistic is not a great way to end a holiday.