Never Forget to Do This Before Going to Bed in a Hotel Room, Expert Warns

When checking into a hotel for leisure, expect (at least) a good night’s sleep. After all, you may be on vacation far from the challenges of work life or even the noise of your home environment. And when you visit a hotel for work, you really are to need Sleep Well: You might be giving a big presentation in the morning, or you might be expected to have big ideas on an important day of a meeting. Regardless, you’d want that night to be quality all night long in a hotel bed. For it to count, experts say you should always do the following before laying on the hay in a hotel room.

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Never forget to check the hotel alarm clock before going to bed.

Even if the housekeeping team perfectly cleaned and disinfected your room after the last guest, the staff may have forgotten one important thing that is actually crucial for a good night’s sleep: turning off the alarm clock after the previous guest has used it. And if that alarm clock has been set for an awkward hour – perhaps for a previous guest’s early morning flight – you should also turn it off before it says to wake you up at that time Brandon Berkson, Hotel expert and founder of the curated boutique hotel guide Hotels Above Par.

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Sleepless and light sleepers can be particularly affected by a hotel alarm clock.

People who can easily fall back to sleep are less bothered by being able to wake up in the middle of the night or early in the morning. But those who are having trouble getting back to sleep – or falling asleep in the first place – should pay special attention to the hotel alarm clock before they close their eyes. “You should always check the alarm to see if it hasn’t been set beforehand, especially if you are a light sleeper or if you wake up in the middle of the night and have trouble getting back to sleep,” urges Berkson.

If you’re not sure how to use it, just peel it off.

There’s nothing worse than thinking that you’ve reset the alarm only to be rudely woken up for not getting it right anyway. While you might think you are tech-savvy, when in doubt, simply take the most extreme approach: unplugging all the way, you can sleep with peace of mind.

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Use your phone alarm clock instead of the hotel alarm clock.

If you need to set an alarm, here’s a pro tip: use the one on your phone instead, as you’ll be more familiar with how it works and more likely to get a reliable result.

“Sometimes I try to set an alarm clock in the hotel I stay in, but to my desperation it doesn’t go off at all, not even at the hour I set it,” offers Berkson. “After these past experiences, I am now firmly convinced that I can use my phone as an alarm clock – it is always reliable.”

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