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It’s that time of year again! Our twice-a-year furniture market extravaganza in fabulous Las Vegas. For those of us in the bedding industry, this means talking all about the latest in sleep products and then not sleeping at all.
It can be exhausting, but there are a few things you can do to make it easier. Here’s how to prep your sleep for Vegas market.
Vegas Sleep Survival Guide
If you’re already short on sleep, my advice is simple: sleep more now (like, seriously, right now).
- Take naps.
- Go to bed earlier.
- Sleep in.
You don’t want to pile sleep deprivation on sleep deprivation: one study showed those running on less than 6 hours of sleep showed the same levels of cognitive dysfunction than those who pulled two back-to-back all nighters. So tired folks: get some sleep before your wheeling and dealing in Vegas. Your brain (and company) will thank you.
Here is a recommended schedule for the days leading up to your trip:
East Coasters/Flatlanders - Vegas is three time zones away.
- Give yourself three days to adjust, pushing your bedtime and wake up an hour later each night.
- For example: if you’re flying in on Friday, start adjusting Tuesday night. Instead of going to bed from 10:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. you would try to go to bed from 11:30 p.m. - 7:30 a.m.
- Each day, keep pushing your bedtime and wake up times back by a half-hour to an hour without sacrificing the duration of your sleep (getting ENOUGH sleep takes priority in this case to a later bedtime).
Central time zone - Vegas is two time zones away.
- Give yourself two days to adjust, pushing your bedtime and wake up an hour later each night.
- For example: you’re flying in on Friday, so start adjusting Wednesday night. Instead of going to bed from 10:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., you would try to go to bed at 11:30 p.m. - 7:30 a.m.
- The next night, push your bedtime and wake up times back another hour without sacrificing the duration of your sleep (getting ENOUGH sleep takes priority in this case to a later bedtime).
Mountain timezone - Vegas is one time zone away.
- Lucky you! You only have to adjust one hour.
- The night before you leave, try to go to bed and wake up an hour later than usual.
BE SURE TO PACK:
- Eye mask
- Ear plugs (the city never sleeps!)
- Anything that is part of your home bedtime routine: reading a book, a magazine, essential oil, your usual pajamas or lack thereof. Whatever you can do to keep a consistent thread between home and travel will benefit your sleep.
You probably won’t be getting MORE sleep than usual in Vegas so it’s very important to protect the sleep you do get with a few tools for light-blocking and noise-blocking.
ON THE FLIGHT
- Permission to nap. A jacket with a hood, a neck pillow, or noise-cancelling headphones will all help in this endeavor.
WHEN YOU ARRIVE
- As they say, “When in Rome (or The Venetian)...” Start acting like you’re on Vegas time. Your sleep pregaming will pay off here.
- Pay attention to your light. If it’s daytime, seek light. If it’s nighttime, seek darkness as much as possible. This will help your circadian rhythm do a hard restart.
And now, some sleep science.
Nerd out with me briefly here as we talk about dolphins. Yes, dolphins.
So dolphins have this cool ability to put half of their brain to sleep while the other half stays awake. This is thought to be so they can stay alert and ward off predators and not drown in the ocean, that sort of thing. It’s called unihemispheric sleep. There’s your six-point word for the day.
Anyway, humans can’t do this (giant bummer, I know). BUT. Brain scans have shown that we exhibit a sort of baby version of this unihemispheric sleep: in that there’s a little more activity and alertness in half of our brain when we’re sleeping in a new place. Tracking?
So when you sleep in the hotel on the first night, you’re kiiind of like a dolphin in that half your brain is sleeping a little lighter to watch out for a rogue zipliner who might come crashing through your window (which isn’t actually going to happen, but your ancestors had to go through a lot, OK?). So, to counteract all of these survivalist instincts of ours, an eye mask and ear plugs will help that lively half of your brain shut down a little more, and help you sleep better on the first night in Vegas.
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This article originally appeared in Sleep Retailer eNews on January 10, 2019
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