Seven tips for sleeping on a cruise

sleeping on a cruise

Holiday-makers setting off on a cruise this year are being advised to book the lower deck for a peaceful night’s sleep.

Experts at have shared seven tips on getting some shut-eye when out at sea.

Those heading off on their first cruise may be wondering about the quality of sleep they’ll get on their holiday.

Those sensitive to motion sickness are being told that booking the lower deck could help make getting to sleep on the water easier.

Rebecca Swain, sleep and mattress expert at WinstonsBeds said: “If you’re new to cruises then there could be a possibility that you’ll struggle to sleep the first couple of nights.

“Cruise ships are designed so that you feel as minimal movement as possible but the thought of sleeping in open water for some people may affect how much rest they get.

“You’ll need to give yourself time to adjust to sleeping in a new room and new location but there are some things you can do to help.

“The biggest thing is choosing your room in the right location. If you’re sensitive to motion and motion sickness you’ll want to opt for a room on the lower deck that’s somewhere in the middle.

“It’s also worth picking a room away from restaurants and lifts to minimise any disruption at night. Take note of what’s above and below your room too and try to stay clear of any bars or places that may be a bit rowdier at night!”

WinstonsBeds  7 tips for sleeping on a cruise:

  1. Choose your room carefully 

Most cruises allow you to choose where you want your room located. If you’re someone who is a light sleeper anyway, choose your room carefully and make sure it is away from the end of the corridor, lifts, restaurants and gyms to minimise disruption.

  1. Avoid balcony rooms

Balcony rooms are gorgeous but if the thought of sleeping on open water scares you, you’re best opting for an inside cabin so you can’t see the water late at night. 

  1. Opt for the lower deck

The lower deck is believed to be the best for those with motion sickness, in particular rooms in the middle. Rooms at the front or back are more sensitive to movement.

  1. Keep your cabin cool

The optimum temperature for sleeping is around 19 degrees celsius. Keep your cabin as cool as you can for a good night’s sleep.

  1. Bring a sleep mask and ear plugs

It’s worth packing a sleep mask and ear plugs just in case you can’t block out all of the noise and light at nighttime. Earplugs will also help to block out the noise of the sea which can make some people feel uneasy.

  1. Make your bed comfy

Make your bed as comfy as possible to ensure a good night’s rest. It may sound obvious but it’s worth asking the staff on board for extra pillows, blankets and a mattress topper if needed.

  1. Give yourself time to adjust to the motion

Although the movement on large ships is minimal, it’s important to give yourself a night or two to get used to your new sleeping space. 

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